The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program

Applications are currently open for the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program.

Direct applications from faculty members of colleges or universities from Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda

The UMAPS Program brings early-career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Scholars are paired with a faculty collaborator during their stay and have full access to the University of Michigan’s (U-M) resources to further their work on a research project, an academic degree, publications, a 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:

  • Five months of residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, paired with a faculty collaborator with full access to the university’s resources
  • Round-trip airfare from their home country to Ann Arbor,
  • Michigan free housing (private room & bath in a suite setting),
  • medical insurance,
  • a research allowance, and
  • a modest stipend to cover living
  • Office/Laboratory space 
  • Opportunity to present research to the U-M community


All applicants for the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars must be:

  • An early-career faculty member who has taught in the higher education system for less than ten years and is presently teaching at a college or university in Africa.
  • Employed in an ongoing position at a university or college in Africa.
  • Able to demonstrate support from a home institution with a letter of recommendation from the head of the department, dean, or vice chancellor.
  • Able to remain in residence for five months.
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Selection Criteria

The review and selection by a multidisciplinary faculty committee at the University of Michigan will be based on the following:

  • Academic quality of the candidate and of the proposed program of scholarship
  • Academic fit of the candidate with others selected in the cycle and with the areas of interest described in the Scholarly Program section below—it is our hope to facilitate scholarly networks
  • Equitable representations of scholars aligned with ASC’s three disciplinary initiatives
  • Support of the candidate’s home institution

Application Process

All applicants must:

  • Complete the online application form 
  • Upload a curriculum vitae using the online application
  • Upload a scholarly program/research proposal (not to exceed five pages).
  • Provide 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

To apply for the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program, click here.

Deadline: October 15, 2023.

For more information on The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program, visit the official site.

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