Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program | How to Apply

How to Apply

The CADFP is currently accepting Project Requests until July 5, 2016

Faculty of accredited public or private higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda apply to the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) by using the online project request.

Log in to the online project request to apply

Eligible types of project activities that can be requested by the African host institution are:

  • curriculum co-development,
  • research collaboration and
  • graduate student mentoring and training.

A Project can be conducted in the African host country for between 14 and 90 days, with one visit by an African-born scholar who lives in the United States or Canada and works in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries. See the program description for information on the purpose, benefits, fellowship allowances and cost sharing from the African host institution.

Please email with questions.

A Microsoft Word version of the project request is available to prepare a working draft of the project request if needed. Log in and complete the online project request to submit it to the Institute of International Education (IIE) for funding consideration.

Download a Microsoft Word version of the project request (548 KB, DOC)

Download project request guidelines (245 KB, PDF)

See the Review Criteria and the How To Apply for African-born Scholars links at the top of this webpage for more information.

The CADFP is always accepting applications for the scholar roster. Currently, the CADFP is accepting Project Requests from African Universities until July 5, 2016

Scholars must have been born in Africa, live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries. To be placed on a roster of available candidates, scholars also need to hold a terminal degree in their field and can hold any academic rank. University staff, research associates and postdocs are not eligible. Scholars submit brief personal statements and information on their academic qualifications, disciplinary expertise and administrative experience. A letter of reference from an administrator at the scholar's current college or university with the position of dean or higher is required. Candidates matched with a project receive a fellowship, to engage in an educational project at an African institution for one visit of between 14 and 90 days.

Log in to apply to the roster

Download guidelines for the scholar roster application (262 KB, PDF)

See the Review Criteria and the How to Apply for African Institutions links at the top of this webpage for further information.

Project Requests and Activities

Project requests to host scholars are submitted online by an African higher education institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Uganda. A scholars on the roster is only considered for a fellowship if a complete project request is received at IIE by the program deadline that either requests the scholar by name or fits the discipline specializations and expertise of the scholar. A scholar whose experience fit the activities and objectives proposed in a project request may be matched with the project.

Types of project activities that can be requested by an African host institution are:

  • Curriculum co-development,
  • Research collaboration,
  • Graduate student teaching, training and mentoring.


An African host institution may, but is not required to, name a proposed scholar in a project request. Both the proposed scholar and the project request itself are subject to evaluation by a review committee and approval by the Advisory Council. It is possible that a project request from a host institution will be approved, but that the prospective fellow identified will not. All due consideration will be given to prospective fellows identified by host institutions.

African institutions and prospective fellows (scholars) can collaborate on ideas for a project that the institution submits. Scholars must submit information online for the roster. IIE will maintain and search the roster for one or more possible matches, according to the discipline specializations, expertise, activities and objectives described in a project request.


For the fellowship, the African Diaspora Fellow will receive

  • a $200/day stipend
  • visa costs
  • limited health insurance coverage
  • round-trip international air travel and ground transportation costs to and from home and the U.S. or Canadian airport.

IIE manages the fellowships and payments to Fellows. Host Institutions are strongly encouraged to provide cost-share to cover the Fellow's costs while in the host country. These costs include daily meals, lodging and transportation to and from the host country airport and to and from campus to the site of lodging.

Please email with questions.


  • One CADFP-funded project visit by a Diaspora Fellow of 14 to 90 days is proposed during program period. Project visit date parameters follow:
  • Diaspora Scholar was born in Africa, lives in and works at accredited higher education institution in United States or Canada and holds terminal degree. Diaspora Scholar application includes letter of reference from administrator at level of dean or higher from home institution, scholar curriculum vitae and biodata page from scholar passport.
  • Project request is from an accredited public or private higher education institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda or Tanzania.
  • Project request includes a letter of support from dean or higher from prospective host institution.
  • Project request indicates either a specific Diaspora scholar or the areas of expertise sought in a Diaspora scholar collaborator. Scholar application and host institution project request are submitted and complete by applicable deadline.

Quality of proposed project

  • Specific activities are proposed to collaborate on research, curriculum co-development and/or graduate student teaching, training and mentoring.
  • Strong project concept and rationale are provided; project demonstrates innovation.
  • Project Request clearly indicates what has been done by the institution on the proposed topic(s), the resources of the host institution, the problem to address, the goals of what to change or improve, the gaps and the anticipated specific role of the Diaspora Fellow in the proposed activities.
  • Clear mission of what the host institution wants to accomplish through project visit is articulated, and justification is provided on reasons to partner in the effort with a Diaspora scholar.

Evidence of mutual benefit for host institution and scholar in proposed project

  • Mutual benefits are clearly outlined.
  • Concerted effort is demonstrated to include, engage and provide benefits to host institution and scholar home institution.

Appropriateness of time proposed for project visit

  • Time proposed is sufficient to accomplish the specific objectives for the project visit.
  • Project is feasible in time proposed for visit; project activities are focused and not too comprehensive for the project visit time period.
  • How project fits into longer term collaboration and goals is explained.

Fit and quality of proposed scholar match

  • The proposed scholar's discipline, subfields, areas of expertise, experience and motivation for applying are well-suited to the success and impact of the project.
  • Evidence of relevant experience by the proposed scholar in each requested project activity is demonstrated.

Potential for impact

  • Project forms or builds on a strong base for continued partnership.
  • Evidence of sustainability of project is presented.
  • If potential impact of longer term project will take more time to be realized or evaluated, explanation is provided on how initial impact of project visit will be measured or how it is expected to contribute to larger goals.

Host institution cost-share and letter of support

  • Letter of support written by an administrator at the level of dean or higher at the host institution who is different than the contact person for the request;
  • Cost-sharing commitment from host institution is clearly explained
  • Anticipated outcomes and value of project are clearly summarized.
  • Commitment to see project through is shown.

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