The Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program is a pilot program for qualified American scholars to help build capacity in Ethiopia's higher education.  Facilities, laboratories, libraries, classrooms, and infrastructure are being developed at all universities.  The program will connect qualified academics with a faculty position at one of four Ethiopian universities: Bahir Dar University, the University of Gondar, Haramaya University, or Mekelle University. During the application process, applicants will indicate their discipline, experience, and interests and candidates will be selected based on their qualifications and match with areas of specialization desired by the host institutions. See below for more information about the institutions and their preferred disciplines/fields of study. 

Ambassador's Distinguished Scholars and Fulbright Scholars arrive in Ethiopia.
Ambassador's Distinguished Scholars and Fulbrighters arrive in Ethiopia, October 2018.

Logo: Bahir Dar UniversityBahir Dar University has a mission of contributing substantially to Ethiopia through high quality education, research and community service. It has a vision of becoming a premier research university in Africa.  Its robust academic units include the College of Science, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medical and Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Engineering, and the School of Law among others.  Research centers include the Blue Nile Water Institute, the Energy Research Center, and more.

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Logo: University of Gondar The University of Gondar aims to contribute to the sustainable socioeconomic development of Ethiopia by producing vibrant, compassionate and responsible citizens through societal needs tailored curricula, conducting problem solving research, strengthening community engagement, and technology transfer.  Its vision is to be the leading societal problem solving university in Ethiopia by 2020.  The University of Gondar has 10 academic units such as the College of Natural Sciences and Computational Sciences, College of Agricultural and Rural Transformation, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Social Sciences and the Humanities, Faculty of Education, Institute of Technology and the School of Law. 

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Americans currently working in Ethiopia share their experiences at the University of Gondar, one of the universities where Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars will be teaching.

Haramaya University was established in 1952 by an agreement signed between the governments of Ethiopia and the United States.  This agreement gave a mandate to Oklahoma State University to establish and operate an agricultural college, set-up an research and experimental station, and conduct a nationwide agricultural extension system.  Although Haramaya University has its roots in agriculture, today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs, including 24 PhD programs, in more than nine colleges from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences to its College of Computing and Informatics to the College of Law, and many more.            

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Mekelle University was established in 2000 with the merger of Mekelle Business College and Mekelle University College.  Mekelle University has the vision of becoming one of the top 25 African universities by 2025.  In an effort to realize its vision, the University has been involved in various research and development endeavors that have brought real change in the livelihoods of communities through diversified support to the development activities of national and regional government. Comprised of seven colleges, nine institutes and 56 departments, Mekelle University hosts over 31,000 students in the regular, continuing education program, and summer, evening, distance education and in-service programs in both undergraduate and graduate programs.  


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