This program is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, Bahir Dar University, the University of Gondar, and the Institute of International Education (IIE). The initial cohort of 10 Scholars will teach in Ethiopia in spring 2018. Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars will have the opportunity to engage in primary research with doctoral students, work to publish results, teach, design curriculum, mentor students, and collaborate with faculty at their host institution for one academic semester. Program benefits includes a monthly stipend and in-country advising from the IIE Ethiopia office as well as support from the universities, and the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia.


The Government of Ethiopia, seeking to grow the economy and address development challenges, has prioritized expanding higher education. 

  • Ethiopia has rapidly increased from two universities to 36 since 2000, with 11 more scheduled to open in the next five years.
  • The increased demand for qualified academics has outpaced local supply, and currently less than 50% of university faculty hold master’s degrees, and less than 10% have Ph.D.s.

As a result, Ethiopian universities are eager to attract foreign faculty, American scholars in particular. The Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars will create a critical foundation for Ethiopia’s development by strengthening the leading Ethiopian universities’ capacity to teach and manage undergraduate and graduate programs, and enhancing research capacity within Ethiopian universities. They may also provide opportunities for long‐term collaboration between U.S. and Ethiopian universities and scholars.

Who Are We Looking For?

We seek applications from a diverse range of qualified academics.  We welcome applications from scholars with a range of experience, including recent doctoral graduates and professors emeriti.  Faculty positions are available in over 60 disciplines.  Preferred fields of study include STEM fields, Social Sciences, and Humanities. There is a preference for candidates with academic expertise that matches with the areas of specialization desired by the host institutions. 

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Application Timeline

December 1, 2017 at 11:59pm PST:  Application deadline

December 2017:  Selection process, and applicants are notified of selection status

February – July 2018:  Initial cohort’s academic term at Ethiopian university 

Early 2018: Announcement of application deadline for 2018-19 academic year cohort. 

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