The University of Michigan 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. Scholars are paired with a faculty mentor during their stay and have full access to the University of Michigan’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 promotes U-M’s international commitment to research and teaching collaborations across diverse disciplines, from engineering to literature to economics.
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
Opportunity to present research to the U-M community
UMAPS accepts direct applications from faculty members of colleges or universities in Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, and Uganda.
Faculty members of colleges and universities in all other African countries cannot apply directly to the UMAPS program without first being nominated and invited to apply by a U-M faculty member with whom s/he already has a pre-existing relationship.
Previous recipients of the UMAPS fellowship are not eligible to apply.
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 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. The nominating faculty must:
Complete the online nomination form (for University of Michigan faculty only; access requires U-M login)
Submit /upload 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
Residency period: Late August-Early February
Application Deadline: October 15th 2017
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