• One CADFP-funded project visit by a Diaspora Fellow of 14 to 90 days is proposed during program period.
  • Diaspora Scholar was born in Africa, lives in and works at accredited higher education institution in United States or Canada and holds terminal degree. Diaspora Scholar application includes letter of reference from administrator at level of dean or higher from home institution, scholar curriculum vitae and biodata page from scholar passport.
  • Project request is from an accredited public or private higher education institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda or Tanzania.
  • Project request includes a letter of support from dean or higher from prospective host institution.
  • Project request indicates either a specific Diaspora scholar or the areas of expertise sought in a Diaspora scholar collaborator. Scholar application and host institution project request are submitted and complete by applicable deadline.

Quality of proposed project

  • Specific activities are proposed to collaborate on research, curriculum co-development and/or graduate student teaching and mentoring.
  • Strong project concept and rationale are provided; project demonstrates innovation.
  • Project Request clearly indicates what has been done by the institution on the proposed topic(s), the resources of the host institution, the problem to address, the goals of what to change or improve, the gaps and the anticipated specific role of the Diaspora Fellow in the proposed activities.
  • Clear mission of what the host institution wants to accomplish through project visit is articulated, and justification is provided on reasons to partner in the effort with a Diaspora scholar.

Evidence of mutual benefit for host institution and scholar in proposed project

  • Mutual benefits are clearly outlined.
  • Concerted effort is demonstrated to include, engage and provide benefits to host institution and scholar home institution.

Appropriateness of time proposed for project visit

  • Time proposed is sufficient to accomplish the specific objectives for the project visit.
  • Project is feasible in time proposed for visit; project activities are focused and not too comprehensive for the project visit time period.
  • How project fits into longer term collaboration and goals is explained.

Fit and quality of proposed scholar match

  • The proposed scholar's discipline, subfields, areas of expertise, experience and motivation for applying are well-suited to the success and impact of the project.
  • Evidence of relevant experience by the proposed scholar in each requested project activity is demonstrated.

Potential for impact

  • Project forms or builds on a strong base for continued partnership.
  • Evidence of sustainability of project is presented.
  • If potential impact of longer term project will take more time to be realized or evaluated, explanation is provided on how initial impact of project visit will be measured or how it is expected to contribute to larger goals.

Host institution cost share and letter of support

  • Letter of support written by an administrator at the level of dean or higher at the host institution who is different than the contact person for the request;
  • Cost-sharing commitment from host institution is clearly explained
  • Anticipated outcomes and value of project are clearly summarized.
  • Commitment to see project through is shown.