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Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program 2024

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship programme 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 programme is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). In the first two years of the programme, the CADFP supported 110 short-term faculty fellowships for African-born academics. The programme exemplifies CCNY’s enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE manages and administers the programme, including applications, project requests and fellowships.

Eligible Project Activities: 

  • Curriculum co-development
  • Research collaboration
  • Graduate student mentoring and training

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In 1919, the founders of the Institute of International Education believed that international education could build a more secure and equitable world. Today, we touch the lives of more than 29,000 people in 180 countries each year through the programs that we administer, helping to educate the next generation of leaders and serving as a lifeline to the world’s most imperiled students, scholars, and artists.  As we look ahead to IIE’s next 100 years, we extend thanks to our partners, donors, and higher education institutions that share our commitment to deepening ties among ...... continue reading

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Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Application Deadline04 Mar 2024
Country to studyGhana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda
SponsorInstitute of International Education (IIE)
GenderMen and Women

Aim and Benefits of Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

For the fellowship, the African Diaspora Fellow will receive

  1. A $150/day stipend
  2. Visa costs (if required)
  3. Supplemental health insurance coverage
  4. Round-trip international air travel and ground transportation costs to and from the scholar’s home to the North American airport
  5. Potential opportunities to apply for supplemental funding to cover knowledge production activities and workshop attendance.

Requirements for Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program Qualification

To be eligible for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme , a scholar must:

  1. Have been born in any African country, as evidenced by the biographical data in the scholar’s passport;
  2. Live in the United States or Canada;
  3. Hold a terminal degree; and
  4. Be employed at an accredited college or university.

Scholars may hold any academic rank, but postdocs are not eligible.

As part of the application, scholars submit personal statements and information about their academic qualifications, disciplinary expertise and administrative experience.  A letter of recommendation from a Dean (or from an administrator of equal or higher level) from the scholar’s current institution is required.

Interview date, Process and Venue for Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Selection Criteria of Project: 

  • 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.

Application Deadline

March 4, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Institute of International Education (IIE) on to apply

The CADFP is always accepting applications for the scholar roster.

The application cycle for Project Requests opened January 4, 2024 and will close on March 4, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST. Visit to apply.

Please email [email protected] to be added to the program contact list to receive updates.

In addition to reviewing the information below, scholars should familiarize themselves with the process of submitting a project by a prospective host institution in Africa.



For more details, visit IIE website.

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