The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions.
Offered by IIE, the program is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). A total of 583 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.
Types of Fellowships
Multiple types of fellowships are possible under the CADFP, but all potential hosts are highly encouraged to propose one or two of the following activities:
- Innovations in curriculum co-development. Requests outlining activities in curriculum co-development should focus on innovative and collaborative approaches to designing and implementing new courses and curriculum(s). Fellowships that assist host institutions in developing and strengthening online instructional capacities are highly encouraged.
- New approaches and methods to graduate mentoring and training. Requests which include mentoring and training graduate students should identify new approaches and methods that will enhance graduate students’ technical and research skills.
- Impactful research collaboration and capacity strengthening. Research collaborations proposed by potential hosts and fellows should demonstrate long-term impact and strengthening of host faculty technical and research skills.
African Diaspora Fellows receive the following:
- a $150/day stipend
- visa costs (if required)
- supplemental health insurance coverage
- round-trip international air travel and ground transportation costs to and from the scholar’s home to the North American airport
- potential opportunities to apply for supplemental funding to cover knowledge production activities and workshop attendance.
A scholar must:
- Have been born in any African country, as evidenced by the biographical data in the scholar’s passport;
- Live in the United States or Canada;
- Hold a terminal degree; and
- Be employed at an accredited college or university.
Scholars may hold any academic rank, but postdocs are not eligible.
- Faculty at degree-conferring higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as faculty at institutions that are members of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), are eligible to apply to serve as hosts the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) by using the online project request system.
- Quality of proposed project
- Evidence of mutual benefit for host institution and scholar in proposed project
- Appropriateness of time proposed for project visit
- Fit and quality of proposed scholar match
- Potential for impact
- Host institution cost share
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.