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Projects and scholar applications that are complete, eligible and submitted by the relevant program deadline will be evaluated using the following criteria:

Quality of proposed project

  • Specific activities are proposed to collaborate on research, curriculum co-development and/or undergraduate/graduate student research mentoring and teaching.  
  • Strong project concept and rationale are provided; project demonstrates innovation.
  • Project request clearly indicates:
    • the resources of the host institution;
    • the goals of what to change or improve in the host institution; and
    • the anticipated specific role of the Diaspora Fellow in the proposed activities.
    • what has been done by the institution on the proposed topic(s);
  • 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 and sustainability

  • 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 letter of support

  • Two letters of support required: one written by an administrator at the level of department head and one the level of rector.
  • Anticipated outcomes and value of project are clearly summarized; and
  • Commitment to see project through is shown.