Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)

Application for the 2018 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is now opened to African-born academics currently living in the United States or Canada and working at institutions of higher education, to work in projects in research collaboration, graduate student teaching/mentoring and curriculum co-development in an African higher education institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Uganda.

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)


The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by IIE in collaboration with the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), the program is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). A total of 335 African Diaspora Fellowships have been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.

CADFP exemplifies CCNY’s enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE manages and administers the program, including applications, project requests and fellowships. USIU-Africa provides strategic direction through the Advisory Council.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a fellowship program for African institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda to host an African-born scholar to work in projects in research collaboration, graduate student teaching/mentoring and curriculum co-development. The application process has two parts.

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program: Project Request & Activities.

Project requests to host scholars are submitted online by an African higher education institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Uganda. A scholars on the roster is only considered for a fellowship if a complete project request is received at IIE by the program deadline that either requests the scholar by name or fits the discipline specializations and expertise of the scholar. A scholar whose experience fit the activities and objectives proposed in a project request may be matched with the project.

Types of project activities that can be requested by an African host institution are:

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

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program Eligibility and Requirements.

  • Scholars must have been born in Africa, live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries.
  • To be placed on a roster of available candidates, scholars also need to hold a terminal degree in their field and can hold any academic rank. University staff, research associates and postdocs are not eligible.
  • Scholars submit brief personal statements and information on their academic qualifications, disciplinary expertise and administrative experience.
  • A letter of reference from an administrator at the scholar’s current college or university with the position of dean or higher is required.
  • Candidates matched with a project receive a fellowship, to engage in an educational project at an African institution for one visit between 21 and 90 days.

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program Benefits.

For the fellowship, the African Diaspora Fellow will receive

  • a $200/day stipend
  • visa costs
  • limited health insurance coverage
  • round-trip international air travel and ground transportation costs to and from home and the U.S. or Canadian airport.

IIE manages the fellowships and payments to Fellows. Host Institutions are strongly encouraged to provide cost share to cover the Fellow’s costs while in the host country. These costs include daily meals, lodging and transportation to and from the host country airport and to and from campus to the site of lodging.

Please email [email protected] with questions.

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