Ambassador's Distinguished Scholars with Ambassador Raynor
Spring 2018 Ambassador's Distinguished Scholars with Ambassador Raynor and representatives from University of Gondar and Bahar Dar University.

This program is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, Bahir Dar University, the University of Gondar, Haramaya University, Mekelle University, and the Institute of International Education (IIE). The next cohort of Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars will teach in Ethiopia in the academic year 2019-2020.

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. Program lengths will be one academic year starting August/September 2019. 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, which can be found here

Application Timeline

February 28, 2019 at 11:59pm PST: Application deadline

May – June 2019: Selection process, and applicants are notified of selection status

September 2019 – August 2020: Cohort’s academic term at Ethiopian universities

Applicant Webinar

Register for Webinar on February 12, 2019, at 12:00 PM EST