Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme

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 in higher education between Africa and the Western world. The application deadline is 30th September 2022.

About the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme

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. The programme exemplifies CCNY’s enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE manages and administers the programme, including applications, project requests and fellowships.

The programme is for African-born academics currently living in the United States and Canada and working in higher education. 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

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme, 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.  You need a letter of recommendation from a Dean (or from an administrator of equal or higher level) from the scholar’s current institution.

Fellowship Benefits

African Diaspora Fellows receive the following:

  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.

Review Process And Criteria

CADFP will evaluate projects and scholars through a three-tiered review process.

  • Tier One–Technical Review:  This process is conducted by IIE staff and confirms that the host institution and scholar are eligible to participate in the CADFP, and that all application materials have been submitted.  Incomplete applications may be given time to submit required materials.
  • Tier Two–Discipline and Regional Review:  Eligible project-scholar packages are assigned to committees made up of scholars representing an array of disciplines, all of whom have experience working in academic systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Disciplinary committees either recommend applicants for final selection, or do not recommend them, in which case the project goes no further and will not receive funding.  All hosts and scholar applicants will receive notification informing them of the recommendation status of their submissions.
  • Tier Three–Advisory Council Selection:  The Advisory Council of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program reviews all recommended projects and scholars and makes the final selection of which projects will receive CADFP funding.  IIE makes notifications to all projects and scholars that received recommendation as to the final status of their applications.

How to Apply for Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme

For more information on the programme, visit Review Process and Criteria and How to Apply for African Institutions .

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