Carnegie Program Connects Universities with Diaspora Scholars

NEW YORK, May 11, 2017—The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program Advisory Council has selected 35 African Universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to host 46 African-born scholars to build partnerships and address priority needs. The visiting Fellows will work with their hosts on a wide range of projects that include:

  • research in banking and finance
  • developing a curriculum in therapeutics and environmental toxicology
  • mentoring faculty in computer science
  • teaching and mentoring graduate students in media and communications and in a new interdisciplinary public health program

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its fourth year, is designed to reverse Africa’s brain drain, build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. It is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya, which coordinates the activities of the Advisory Council.

“The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows Program exemplifies Carnegie Corporation's enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. It brings together Dr. Paul Zeleza’s expertise and vision with IIE’s long history of managing global scholarships and our ongoing work to develop talent and help build capacity to address the challenges and harness the opportunities emerging on the African continent,” said IIE’s President and CEO, Allan E. Goodman.

To deepen the ties among the faculty members and between their home and host institutions, the program will also provide support to several program alumni to enable them to build on successful collaborative projects they conducted in previous years.

Selected projects include the following:

  • Tanzania: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences will host a scholar in nursing and public health from Wright State University for joint research in HIV/AIDS prevention and to develop elective program curricula.
  • Kenya: Pwani University will host an environmental sciences scholar from Florida State University to develop a bachelor’s program in Oceanography and a master’s program in Chemical Oceanography.
  • Ghana: Ashesi University College will host an economics scholar from Virginia Military Institute for a project on Ghana - U.S. Entrepreneurship Collaboration.
  • Uganda/ Tanzania: A group of alumni will work with Makerere University and Sokoine University of Agriculture to conduct research in women’s leadership and management and mentor graduate students in grant writing and collaborative research.

Fellowships match host universities with African-born scholars, individually or in groups, and cover the expenses for project visits of between 14 and 90 days, including transportation, a daily stipend, and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance. A total of 282 Fellowships have been awarded since the program's inception in 2013.

See full list of 2017 projects, hosts, and scholars and their universities. 

Please direct all questions related to the application process to AfricanDiaspora@iie.org.

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About the Hosts and Fellows

Public and private higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda were invited to submit a project request to host a scholar for 14 to 90 days. Prospective hosts could, but were not required to, name a proposed scholar in a project request. The proposed scholar and project request were each evaluated by a review committee and were subject to approval by the Advisory Council. Many African institutions and prospective Fellows collaborated on ideas for a project that were submitted by the institutions. IIE also maintains a scholar roster to facilitate matches, according to the discipline specializations, expertise, activities and objectives described in a project request. Scholars born in Africa who live in the United States or Canada and work at an accredited college or university in either of those two countries applied to be on the roster of available candidates. Candidates were required to have a terminal degree in their field and can hold any academic rank. For Fellows matched with a selected project, the fellowship includes a daily stipend, transportation and visa funds and health insurance coverage.

About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is the leader in providing international education strategies and program services. Our international approach to education—diverse, borderless, impactful—is a proven way for governments and companies to invest in global talent and solidify overseas relationships. We work with policymakers, educators and employers across the globe to prepare students and professionals for the global workforce and equip them to solve the increasingly complex challenges facing our interconnected world. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 18 offices and affiliates worldwide, including in Addis Ababa, and over 1,300 member institutions.

IIE’s presence in Sub-Saharan Africa has spanned over 30 years. From 1979-2001, the USAID-funded South Africa Education Program opened the doors for black South Africans to obtain the knowledge, skills and professional credentials required to succeed in a post-apartheid government. In 2008, IIE established an office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where it implements a strong set of programs in leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and higher education scholarship administration. By creating and administering exchange and training programs, IIE helps develop the talent and human resources needed to address the challenges and harness the opportunities emerging on the African continent.

About United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa)

United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) was founded in 1969 as the Africa campus of United States International University in San Diego, California. Today, the University operates as an independent, not-for-profit institution serving over 7000 students representing 73 nationalities. It offers 24 degree programs from undergraduate to doctoral level, all of which are accredited in Kenya and the United States of America with the Commission for University Education and WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission respectively.

About Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York was established by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge and the strength of our democracy.

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