U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program 2021/2022

The University of Michigan is accepting applications to the U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program 2021/2022.

The U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program has helped in retaining and strengthening faculty members working in African institutions of higher education, and empowering them to contribute to international academic networks and set their own research agendas.

It brings early-career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here, scholars are paired with a faculty collaborator during their stay in the school 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 activities.

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.

Since 2009, the UMAPS Program has hosted scholars from different part of African countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa etc.  Representing a wide range of disciplines that closely align with the following initiatives:

  • African Heritage and Humanities Initiative (AHI)
  • African Social Research Initiative (ASRI)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Initiative (STEM-Africa)

Successful Scholars will receive

  • Round trip airfare from their home country to Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 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
  • Free housing, medical insurance, a research allowance, and
  • A  modest stipend to cover living cost
  • Office/Laboratory space
  • Opportunity to present research to the U-M community.
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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
  • Be able to demonstrate support from a home institution with a letter of recommendation from the head of department, dean, or vice-chancellor
  • Accept to remain in residence for five months.
Application Processes

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).
  • Scholars should provide the 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.

Applications from a wide range of disciplines and schools that align with the centre’s disciplinary initiatives are welcome.

To get the application form, click here

Application Deadline: October 15, 2020

For more information, visit the official link