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.
- 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.
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