The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program is now open to early- career faculty from African universities for residencies lasting up to six months at the Ann Arbor campus. Scholars are paired with a faculty mentor during their stay and have full access to U-M’s resources to further their work on a research project, an academic degree, publications, grant proposal, or other relevant activity.

The program supports the development of the next generation of African scholars by integrating them into international academic networks, and it internationalizes U-M by generating research and teaching collaborations across diverse disciplines, from engineering to African literature.

Worth of Award

  • African scholars will be provided with round-trip airfare from their home country to Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Scholars will receive a stipend to cover living, housing, and research expenses during their tenure at the University of Michigan
  • Scholars will begin their residency in late August
  • Each scholar will be asked to give a presentation on their work during the residency
  • The scholarship may be combined with other scholarships or funds to support an extended stay

It is expected that the scholar’s home institution will continue to pay the scholar’s academic salary during the duration of the fellowship.

Eligibility

  • Preference given to early career members of the faculty who have taught in the higher education system for less than ten years.
  • Early career faculty means faculty who have taught in the higher education system for less than ten years
  • Applicants may or may not have received their PhD

Specific Eligibility

Ghana, Liberia, South Africa or Uganda:

  • Must be a faculty member of a college or university in Ghana, Liberia, South Africa or Uganda.

Other African Countries:

  • The applicant must be a faculty member of a college or university in an African country and must have a pre-existing established relationship with a U-M faculty member who agrees to be the candidate’s mentor.
  • A letter of recommendation from the sponsoring U-M faculty. The letter must include a confirmation from the U-M faculty of his/her willingness to: (1) serve as a mentor during the length of the UMAPS residency should the applicant be selected; (2) commit to meet regularly, minimum of twice a month, with the prospective participant; (3) provide an office space for the prospective applicant within the U-M faculty’s home department (shared space is acceptable)
    All letters must be sent directly to the African Studies Center.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form (see link below)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter of support from the head of department, dean, or vice chancellor at the applicant’s home institution
  • A scholarly program proposal, not to exceed five pages
  • All applications must be submitted via their online page (see link below)

Selection Criteria

Review and selection will be made by a multidisciplinary faculty committee at the University of Michigan and will be based on the following:

  • Academic quality of the candidate and of the proposed program of scholarship
  • Academic fit of the candidate with others selected in the cycle and with the areas of interest described in the Scholarly Program section below – it is our hope to facilitate scholarly networks
  • Support of the candidate’s home institution
  • Priority will be given to candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds. Promotion of gender equity in the current class of scholars and in the African academy will also be prioritized. Applicants who already have significant international experience will not be favored.

For further inquiries, please contact The African Studies Center – UMAPS via email: [email protected]

Deadline: Application closes on October 15, 2015. (Online form opens August 15)

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