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Monday, 22 August 2016

University of Michigan African Presidential Scholarship Program in USA 2017

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The University of Michigan is offering African Presidential Scholarship Program in the USA. The program brings early career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor, Michigan for residencies that begin in late August, generally lasting up to six months.
The program supports the development of the next generation of African scholars by integrating them into international academic networks and promotes U-M’s international commitment to research and teaching collaborations across diverse disciplines, from engineering to literature to economics.
The African Studies Center (ASC) at the University of Michigan provides strategic guidance and coordination for Africa-related education, research, and training activities on campus, and promotes opportunities for collaboration with African partners on the continent.
The candidate should have a very good command over the English language.
Course Level: The U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program brings early career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor, Michigan for residencies that begin in late August, generally lasting up to six months.  

Study Subject: The program supports the development of the next generation of African scholars by integrating them into international academic networks and promotes U-M’s international commitment to research and teaching collaborations across diverse disciplines, from engineering to literature to economics.
Scholarship Award: Those admitted to the UMAPS Program will receive:
  • Four to six months 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. Important note: The UMAPS program is unable to accommodate spouses and/or dependents
  • Office/Laboratory space
  • Opportunity to present research to the U-M community
Scholarship can be taken in the USA
Eligibility: All applicants must:
  • Be an early career faculty member who has taught 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 home institution with letter of recommendation from head of department, dean, or vice chancellor
  • Be able to remain in residence for four to six months
Nationality: Faculty members from African universities can apply for African Presidential Scholarship Program.
College Admission Requirement
Entrance Requirement: Applicant must be an early career faculty member who has taught in the higher education system for less than ten years, presently teaching in a college or university in Africa
Test Requirement: No
English Language Requirement: The candidate should have a very good command over the English language.
How to Apply: Applicants outside of Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, or Uganda must be nominated by a U-M faculty member with whom the interested applicant already has a pre-existing/established relationship. The nominating faculty must:
  • Complete the online nomination form
  • Submit a letter of endorsement that indicates his/her willingness to serve as a mentor during the length of the residency, commit to meet regularly, and provide an office space for the prospective participant
All applicants must
  • Complete the online application form
  • Submit a curriculum vitae
  • Submit a scholarly program/research proposal (not to exceed five pages)
  • Applications from a wide range of disciplines and schools are welcome; applications that align with the center’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
Application Deadline: Nominations must be received by September 15, 2016, to allow time for nominated applicants to receive and complete the application form. The application starts on August 15. Final Deadline: October 15


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