2021 University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program

University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program accepts direct applications from faculty members of colleges or universities in Africa. UMAPS Program brings early-career faculty members from Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, and other African countries to the University of Michigan for residencies lasting up to six months. 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, a new course, a grant proposal, or other relevant activity.

Scholarship Details

  • To be Taken at: University of Michigan, Michigan, USA
  • Sponsors: University of Michigan
  • Eligible Countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, and other African countries
  • Number of Scholarships: 2
  • Duration of Scholarship:  4 months or six months beginning in Late August 2020 -Early February 2021
  • Application Deadline: 15th October 2020 (11:59 PM EST)


  • The Candidate must be a faculty member from universities in Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda, Liberia, and South Africa. Since a primary goal of the program is to assist in capacity building in African academe, strong preference will be given to early-career members of the faculty. Mid-career faculty will also be considered.
  • Be an educator in the higher education system for less than ten years, presently teaching in a college or university in Africa
  • Be able to demonstrate support from a home institution with a letter of recommendation from the head of department, dean, or vice-chancellor
  • Be able to remain in residence from four to six months
  • Applicants outside of Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, or Uganda must be nominated by a University of Michigan faculty member with whom the interested applicant already has a pre-existing/established relationship.

Selection Criteria

A multidisciplinary faculty committee at the University of Michigan will review and select candidates. Selection will be based on the following:

  • The academic quality of the candidate and the proposed program of scholarship.
  • Strong emphasis will be given to candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Promotion of gender equity in the current class of scholars and the African academy will also be given strong consideration.
  • Candidates who already have significant international experience will not be favoured for this program.

Value of Scholarship

  • Four to six months of residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, paired with a faculty mentor with full access to the university’s resources
  • Round-trip airfare from their home country to Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Free housing, and a modest stipend to cover living, health care, and research costs while at U-M. The UMAPS program is unable to accommodate spouses and/or dependents 
  • Office/Laboratory space
  • Opportunity to present research to the U-M community

How to Apply: 

Interested candidates have to complete the online application form. The following documents have to be submitted:

  • curriculum vitae
  • scholarly program/research proposal (not to exceed five pages) (See link in scholarship Webpage)
  • Applications from a wide range of disciplines and schools are welcome; applications that align with the centre’s initiatives—African Heritage, African Social Research, and STEM-Africa—are encouraged
  • Provide a complete name and contact information of the department head, dean, or vice-chancellor at the applicant’s home institution who will be writing their letter of support (See link in scholarship Webpage)

For more information, visit the scholarship webpage


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