Carnegie African Diaspora Program Connects African Universities with Diaspora Scholars

New grants will enable 52 African Universities to Host 70 African-born Scholars for collaborative projects

Application now open for 2017 Fellowships; Deadline is Dec. 8th

NEW YORK, October 11, 2016 – A higher education fellowship that was created to help avert brain drain in Africa will fund 69 new projects at African universities in the coming months, bringing 52 professors and scholars from universities in the U.S. and Canada to universities in Africa to Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda as visiting Fellows. Together, the teams will develop curricula, conduct research, teach graduate students, and train and mentor students and professors in priority areas that were proposed by the African universities. The program is also accepting new applications from host universities and diaspora scholars for projects to be conducted in 2017.

Now in its fourth year, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program has helped 239 African-born scholars who have been living and working in North America to connect with their peers at universities throughout Africa. The program is designed to build capacity at the host institutions in Africa, and to develop long-term, mutually-beneficial partnerships between the universities. The Fellowships are funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Kenya provides strategic direction through Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and an Advisory Council he chairs. The program selects projects that were proposed by the host universities and matches them with African-born scholars, covering the visiting scholars’ expenses, including transportation, a daily stipend, and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance.

This year, the program has announced grants to alumni to build on successful collaborative projects they conducted on their visiting fellowships in previous years, and to fund groups of fellows to work together in order to deepen the ties among the faculty members and their home and host institutions. Selected projects that will receive funding this year include the following:

  • Ghana: A professor from Duke University will return to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to conduct applied research in geo-environmental engineering and to continue mentoring graduate students to the completion of their dissertations.
  • Nigeria: The University of Benin and Imo State University will host a group of three scholars to design an HIV/AIDS curriculum for faculty and a train-the-trainer curricula for community education.
  • South Africa: Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Stellenbosch University will jointly host a scholar from the University of British Columbia in Canada to cultivate their expertise in vascular biology while establishing a lab that will be made available to institutions of higher learning in the Western Cape.
  • Tanzania: An early-childhood scholar will evaluate and offer feedback on the current early curriculum at Aga Khan University-Institute of for Educational Development in East Africa. The scholar and faculty members will also explore the involvement of teachers and parents in gender awareness and literacy stereotypes.

Call for Project Requests and Scholar Applications
From October 1 until December 8, universities in eligible host countries (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda) can submit a project request for visiting Fellows to come to their universities starting in May 2017. African-born academics residing in the United States or Canada can apply any time, and are matched with accepted projects on a rolling basis. Prospective hosts and fellows can find eligibility requirements and instructions in the “How to Apply” section of the program’s website. Prospective hosts and fellows can work together to develop specific projects. The Advisory Council encourages projects that involve collaboration between multiple institutions and cohorts of faculty members addressing related topics.

Advisory Council Sets Selection Priorities for Fall 2016:
In the Fall 2016 selection cycle, preferred activities are collaborative research and graduate student teaching/mentoring, though curriculum co-development projects may also be funded. Other preferred project types include:

  • Multi-institutional projects
  • Cohort projects
  • Interdisciplinary, thematically structured projects

Please direct all questions related to the application process to

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 designs and implements over 250 programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government and private sources. IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,400 member institutions.

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 6000 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 Senior Colleges and Universities Commission, WASC 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.


West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) holds Research Conference on Improving Health through Advanced Research and Training

A delegation from the Association of African Universities (AAU) participated in the maiden West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) Annual Research Conference. WACCBIP is one of the 22 African Centres of Excellence under the World Bank ACE Project. The AAU is the Regional Facilitation Unit of the ACE project.

Blog ArticleChaired by the out-going Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ernest Aryeetey, this event was held from July 14- 15, 2016 at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, in Accra-Ghana

The conference was attended by over 150 participants from both the international and local scenes, and had as its theme – Improving Health through Advanced Research and Training

Among others, WACCBIP organised the conference to provide the platform for its trainees to present their research work, interact with their peers and WACCBIP faculty members from all the regional and international partner institutions.

It further served as a forum for WACCBIP faculty to engage policy makers and private sector players on the nation’s health research priorities.

Leading scientists within the African region and international collaborators from the grp_blog articlefollowing universities participated in the event; University of Pittsburgh, USA; University of New Mexico, USA; American Society for Cell Biology, US; University of Cambridge, UK; University of Oxford, UK; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK; Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK; University of Copenhagen, UK; Malaria Research and Training Center (MRTC), University of Bamako, Mali; Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme (CNRFP) ; Burkina Faso Centre MURAZ Research Institute; Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso; Center Suisse de Recherche Scientifique (CSRS), La Cote d’Ivoire ;Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI-WTRP), Kilifi, Kenya; Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kisumu, Kenya; University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa

In his opening remarks, the Director of WACBIPP, Dr. Gordon Awandare said that WACCBIP is working to;

  • Build capacity by providing full training pipeline: from graduate internships, through Masters and PhD programmes to Postdoctoral
  • Create an environment for high quality training and development of research leaders
  • Provide trainees with the skill-set for independent research in the peculiar research environment in Africa
  • Build a network of young scientists who would be bonded together through their training and will continue to collaborate as independent scientists
  • Generate innovations in molecular diagnosis and drug/vaccine development
  • Bring scientists and policy makers together to discuss Africa’s health research priorities
  • Invite corporate friends into the conversation about funding biomedical research and training


Whilst acknowledging current partners for their immense support to the Centre, Dr. Awandare called on governments and other institutions to partner WACCBIP and other scientific institutions in producing the one million new PhDs needed by Africa for its development.

More information on WACCBIP can be accessed from

Call: Small Grants for Graduate Internships targeting Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Francophone member universities

English Version
Deadline 15th August 2016

  1.  Introduction
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The Association of African Universities (AAU) has intensified its advocacy for students from African universities to acquire employable skills for the world of work upon graduation from their universities. Through financial assistance from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), the AAU has secured some funds to offer small grants of up to US$600 per person for graduate internships for its member universities.

  1.  Conditions for the Award of the Grant
  • Applicants should be students in an AAU member institution in Southern or Eastern Africa, or a Francophone member institution, and the institution must be in good standing. CHECK FOR THE NAME OF YOUR UNIVERSITY
  • Grant applicants should be students pursuing post-graduate degree programmes. Applicants should note that the grants are for training purposes only and not meant for the completion of theses or dissertations.
  • Applicants shall commit to undertake an internship programme for a period between twelve (12) and twenty-four (24 weeks).
  • Applications should be supported with an authorisation note from the Head of Department of the applicant’s university as well as an official acceptance letter from the establishment wishing to host the intern.
  • All applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae.
  • A detailed but confidential supervisory report will be required from the host institution on the progression of the applicant during the period of internship, and from the university of the applicant on academic progress after the period of internship.
  • Consideration will be given to applicants who have no practical work experience.
  • In the Grant Award Agreement, sixty percent (60%) of the total grant will be disbursed upon the submission of the required letters of intent from both the university and the employer to cater for transport and other incidentals. The other forty percent (40%) will be disbursed after the successful completion of the internship, receipt of deliverables from the university and the employer.
  • A tracer of the intern’s employment status will be conducted six months after graduation from the university.
  • Any breach of these Conditions shall lead to the termination or invalidity of the grant for which the Grantor shall recall or request the amount awarded to be refunded.
  1.  Selection Criteria

Selection of successful applications will be based on a quota system revolving around gender (at least 40% of beneficiaries should be females); country (not more than 10 applicants per country) and language (at least 30% from Francophone institutions).

  1.  Deadline for Submission of Applications

Interested applicants should submit their applications online including the required support documents not later than 15th August, 2016. Please note that ONLY online submissions will be accepted.

French Version

Date limite : 15 Août 2016

Petite subvention pour les stages d’étudiants

  1. Présentation

L’association des universités africaines (AUA) a intensifié ses activités de plaidoyer pour les étudiants des universités africaines. Ceci afin que ces étudiants puissent à acquérir des compétences professionnelles pouvant les préparer au monde du travail après leurs parcours universitaires.
Grâce à l’aide financière de l’Agence Suédoise de Développement International (ASDI), l’AUA a obtenu des fonds pour offrir de petites subventions allant jusqu’à 600 $ US par personne pour les stages d’études supérieures du troisième cycle pour ses universités membres.

  1. Conditions d’octroi de la subvention
  • Les demandeurs de subventions doivent être des étudiants qui poursuivent des programmes d’études postuniversitaires. Les candidats doivent noter que les subventions sont destinées uniquement à des fins de formation et non à l’élaboration de thèses ou mémoires.
  • Les demandeurs doivent être étudiants dans une institution en Afrique australe ou Afrique occidentale, ou une institution francophone, qui est membre de l’AUA et l’institution doit être en règle. Vérifiez le nom de votre université
  • Les candidats doivent s’engager à entreprendre un programme de stage pour une période de douze (12) et vingt-quatre (24 semaines).
  • Les candidatures doivent être soutenues par une note d’autorisation du chef de département de l’université du/de la requérant(e).
  • Tout candidat doit présenter un curriculum vitae détaillé.
  • Les demandes doivent aussi avoir une lettre de notification officielle de l’établissement d’hébergement du stagiaire consentant à l’admission du/de la requérant(e) pour la durée prévue.
  • Un rapport de contrôle détaillé, mais confidentielle serait nécessaire de l’institution d’accueil sur la progression du/de la requérant(e) au cours de la période de stage, et de l’université du/de la requérant(e) sur les progrès académique après la période de stage.
  • Plus d’intérêt sera accordé aux candidats n’ayant aucune expérience professionnelle.
  • Dans la convention de subvention, soixante pour cent (60 %) de la subvention totale sera versé sur présentation des lettres d’intention requis de l’université et de l’employeur pour couvrir les frais de transport et d’autres frais accessoires. L’autre quarante pour cent (40%) sera versé après la réussite du stage, certifié par l’université et l’employeur.
  • Un traceur de la situation d’emploi du stagiaire sera mené six mois après l’obtention du diplôme de l’université.Toute violation du présent Accord, conduira à la résiliation ou la nullité de la subvention, pour lequel le cédant devrait être rappelé ou demander le montant accordé pour être remboursé.
  1. Critères de sélection

La sélection des candidatures retenues sera basée sur un système de quotas de Genre (au moins 40% des bénéficiaires devrait être des femmes); pays (pas plus de 10 candidats par pays) et la langue (au moins 30% des institutions francophones).

  1. Date limite de soumission des demandes

Les candidats intéressés devront soumettre leur candidature en ligne, y compris les dossiers à fournir au plus tard le 15 Août, 2016. Veuillez noter que seules les soumissions en ligne seront acceptées.

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