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Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (CADFP) 2020/2021 for African-Born Researchers in US and Canada

Applications are on for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (CADFP). CADFP is a scholar fellowship programme which regularly offers  equitable, effective and mutually beneficial international higher education engagements between scholars in Africa and African Diaspora academics in Canada and the United States. Multifaceted, innovative projects are encouraged, which are in line with the transformations taking place in higher education between Africa and the Western world.

Application Deadline: 9th December, 2019

Offered annually? Twice in the year

Eligible Countries: African-born academics currently living in the United States and Canada and working in higher education.

To be taken at (country): Fellows will engage in educational projects proposed and hosted by faculty of public or private higher education institutions in the following CCNY partner countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda

About the Award: The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship programme for educational projects at African higher education institutions for African researchers in diaspora. Offered by IIE in partnership with the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), the programme is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). In the first two years of the programme, the CADFP supported 110 short-term faculty fellowships for African-born academics. In October 2015, additional funding was secured from CCNY to support up to 140 fellowships. The programme exemplifies CCNY’s enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE manages and administers the programme, including applications, project requests and fellowships.

Eligible Project Activities: 

  • curriculum co-development
  • research collaboration
  • graduate student mentoring and training

Type: Research, Fellowship

Eligibility: To be eligible for the CADFP, a scholar must:

  1. Have been born in any African country, as evidenced by the biographical data in the scholar’s passport;
  2. Live in the United States or Canada;
  3. Hold a terminal degree; and
  4. Be employed at an accredited college or university.

Scholars may hold any academic rank, but postdocs are not eligible.

As part of the application, scholars submit personal statements and information about their academic qualifications, disciplinary expertise and administrative experience.  A letter of recommendation from a Dean (or from an administrator of equal or higher level) from the scholar’s current institution is required.

Selection Criteria of Project: 

  • Specific activities are proposed to collaborate on research, curriculum co-development and/or graduate student teaching, training 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.
  • 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.
  • The proposed project must have the potential for impact
  • 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.

Value of Fellowship: For the fellowship, the African Diaspora Fellow will receive

  1. a $150/day stipend
  2. visa costs (if required)
  3. supplemental health insurance coverage
  4. round-trip international air travel and ground transportation costs to and from the scholar’s home to the North American airport
  5. potential opportunities to apply for supplemental funding to cover knowledge production activities and workshop attendance.

Duration of Fellowship: Fourteen to Ninety days

How to Apply: Go here to apply

Please visit Review Process and Criteria and How to Apply for African Institutions for more information on how the program operates.

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider: The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (CADFP)

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