The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program for African Researchers in Diaspora (USA, Canada)

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)

Course(s) Offered: Higher education
Course Level: Research Fellowship
Provider: IIE, USIU-Africa, CCNY
Country to Study in: USA, Canada

Scholarship Description
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program 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 program is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).

In the first two years of the program, 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 program exemplifies CCNY’s enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE manages and administers the program, including applications, project requests and fellowships. Applications are on for the 2017/2018 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP).

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program for African Researchers in Diaspora

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.

  • One CADFP-funded project visit by a Diaspora Fellow of 14 to 90 days is proposed during program period. Project visit date parameters follow:
  • 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.
  • 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.
Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Participating Institutions
Faculty of public or private higher education institutions in the following CCNY partner countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda

Fields of study
Eligible Project Activities:
  • curriculum co-development
  • research collaboration
  • graduate student mentoring and training
Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
Fourteen to Ninety days

Scholarship benefits
Fellowship funding to scholars includes a daily stipend, visa costs, limited health insurance coverage, international travel, domestic travel to and from the airport in Canada or United States. The host institution is encouraged to fund housing, meals and local transportation to and from the airport in the host country.

Method of Application
Scholars must have been born in Africa, live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries. To be placed on a roster of available candidates, scholars also need to hold a terminal degree in their field and can hold any academic rank. You will need to log in on the official website to apply to the roster. See the how to apply page.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply to this fellowship, and also to download the guidelines for the scholar roster application.

For African-born scholars, the CADFP is always accepting applications for the scholar roster. However, for spring projects competition, submission is from May 1 to July 5. For fall projects competition, submission is from October 1 to December 8. Currently, the CADFP is accepting Project Requests from African Universities until December 8, 2017

CADFP is a scholar fellowship program 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: Rolling (BUT note 5 Jul / 8 Dec)
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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