Q: Can my Letter of Reference or Letter of Support come from an interim dean?
A: Yes, but it cannot come from an associate dean.

Q: I am now a U.S./Canadian citizen, does this make me ineligible?
A: No, as long as you were born in Africa, you are eligible.

Q: Do you fund direct costs related to research activities?
A: No, but we do provide a daily stipend, airfare and supplemental health insurance for the Fellow.

Q: Can a scholar who previously participated in a cohort project participate in another cohort but with a different host institution?
A: Yes, as long as you are only named in one Project Request you may participate with a different host institution.

Q: What is the difference between a Letter of Reference and a Letter of Support?
A: The Letter of Reference is part of the Scholar Application and must come from an administrator at the level of dean or higher from the Scholar’s home institution. The Letter of Support is part of the Project Request and must come from an administrator at the level of dean or higher from the Host Collaborator’s institution.

Q: Should I provide a copy of my U.S./Canadian passport or country of origin passport?
A: Either. The passport is used to verify your country of birth and this is listed on U.S. passports.

Q: Does the host institution have to have a doctoral or master’s program with a thesis option, or can you apply to an institution that only has undergraduate programs?
A: No. The institution does not have to have a doctoral or master’s program, but it must be an accredited university or college in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Uganda.

Q: Can you apply more than once with the same project?
A: Yes. Please note that the Host Collaborator is still required to submit a new Project Request. If you are applying multiple times with the same project, please remember to update your application if there has been a change in your institution and/or title, or if the person who submitted your letter of reference has changed institutions and/or titles. 

Q: Can I make changes to my Scholar Application once it has been added the roster?
A: Yes. Simply contact africandiaspora@iie.org and request that your application be released for editing.

Q: If the host institution is unable to contribute to cost share, will the program cover them?
A: The program provides a daily stipend, international travel reimbursement and insurance to the scholar. Any additional request for funds depends on the status of the program budget.

Q: Is it possible to receive feedback on why a project wasn’t recommended or selected?
A: The CADFP Program Staff does not provide feedback on non-recommended or non-selected Project Requests. If submitting for another Call for Project Requests, please consult the “Review Criteria” section.

Q: How flexible are grant start/finish dates?
A: Fellows participating in the Fall 2017 competition can begin their projects as early as May 1, 2018 and must have them completed by August 31, 2019. 

Q: Can I work with multiple institutions on one project?
A: Yes, the program does support multi-institutional Project Requests. Please note that institutions you are working with must only submit one Project Request.

Q: Can I work with other African-born Scholars currently teaching in the U.S. or Canada?
A: Yes, the program does support cohorts. Please note that each Scholar must complete an individual Scholar Application and each of you must be named in the host institution’s project request.

Q: Can I collaborate with an institution that is not based in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Uganda?
A: No, at this time we only work with these six countries.

Q: Are full-time senior lecturers eligible?
A: Full-time senior lectures from some fields are eligible to apply. Please contact africandiaspora@iie.org for more details.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of CADFP awards I can receive?
A: You can only receive one fellowship per grant funding cycle. For example, if you were selected during the fall 2015 competition you are not eligible for the spring 2016 or fall 2016 competitions.

Q: Are there a maximum number of potential Fellows that can participate in a cohort project?
A: No. But keep in mind that the Project Request needs to justify the participation and expertise of each participant.

Q: If I am applying for the Fall 2017 competition (May 1-August 31) when will I be notified if I’m selected or not?
A: March 2018.

Q: Will the CADFP provide funds for a Host Collaborator to travel to the U.S./Canada to visit the Fellow’s home institution?
A: No. The CADFP only funds the Fellow’s visit to the host institution.

Q: Can an academic-oriented NGO apply for the CADFP independently?
A: No. An academic oriented NGO is only eligible to participate in a multi-institutional project alongside an accredited university or college in one of our six partner countries.

Q: Can governmental institutions partner with an accredited university or college in order to participate in a multi-institutional project?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I work with multiple institutions on one project?
A: Yes, the program does support multi-institutional Project Requests. Please note that institutions you are working with must only submit one Project Request. Additionally, the academic institution must take the lead on submitting the project request on behalf of both institutions, however, each institution must submit their own letter of support.

Q: How many host institutions can be involved in a multi-institutional project?
A: There are no restrictions regarding the number of institutions, but keep in mind that the project must be completed in one visit and the participation of each institution must be clearly justified in the Project Request.

Q: What is the expectation of cost sharing in regards to multi-institutional projects?
A: Ideally, both institutions would contribute to cost sharing in some way, but we understand that certain institutions have more funds available than others.

Q: Can a diaspora scholar be named in more than one Project Request per selection cycle.
A: No. A diaspora scholar can only be named in one Project Request per completion cycle.

Q: Is there a limit to the number of Project Requests that can be submitted by one potential hosting institution/department or a limit to the number of Fellows who can be selected with an institution?
A: No limits apply.