The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program

Applications are currently open for the University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program 2022.

Strengthening African universities is one of the most effective ways to contribute to the continent’s growth and continued excellence. The U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program has helped retain and strengthen faculty members working in African institutions of higher education and empowered them to contribute to international academic networks and set their own research agendas.

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, grant proposal, or other relevant activity.

Duration: 05 months


Successful candidates for the UMAPS Program will receive:

  • A modest stipend to cover living
  • 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, and a research allowance
  • Office/Laboratory space 
  • Opportunity to present research to the U-M community


All applicants must be:

  • An early career faculty member who has taught in the higher education system for less than ten years, and who is presently teaching in 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 department, dean, or vice chancellor
  • Able to remain in residence for five months
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Review and selection will be made by a multidisciplinary faculty committee at the University of Michigan and will be based on the following:

  • The academic quality of the candidate and of the proposed program of scholarship
  • The academic fit of the candidate with others selected in the cycle and with the areas of interest described in the Scholarly Program
  • Equitable representations of scholars aligned with ASC’s three disciplinary initiatives
  • Support of the candidate’s home institution
  • Preference will be given to candidates who do not have significant international experience outside the continent.

Application Process

Interested applicants for the University of Michigan Africa Scholars program are to:

  • Complete the online application form
  • Upload a curriculum vitae using the online application
  • Upload a scholarly program/research proposal
  • 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, click here.

Deadline: October 15, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.

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