The Ambassador's Distinguished Scholars will receive the following incentives: 

  • Position as full-time teaching faculty at Aksum University, Bahir Dar University, Dilla University, Hawassa University or Mekelle University
  • Living stipend ranging from $1,775 to $3,775 monthly, depending on candidate qualifications (paid in the local currency, Ethiopian Birr)
  • Round-trip airfare (including airfare for one accompanying dependent)
  • 20 days of sick leave per year
  • Medical insurance 
  • Visa and vaccination coverage
  • In-country advising and support from IIE Ethiopia office, to include periodic check-ins
  • Pre-departure Orientation conducted by IIE
  • In-country Orientation Workshop conducted by IIE and held either at IIE Ethiopia or U.S. Embassy
  • Assistance with identifying housing (provided by partner university)
  • Assistance with local banking (provided by partner university)
  • Assistance with work permit (provided by partner university)
  • If scholars bring a minor as their one allowed accompanying dependent, the program can provide a letter of support for admission to local schools.  Note that local schooling options are very limited in all five participating locations.

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