University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program 2021

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan invites applications to its African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program 2021/22.

Strengthening African universities is one of the most effective ways to contribute to the continent’s growth and continued excellence.  The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program has assisted faculty members working in African institutions of higher education in retaining and strengthening their positions, as well as empowering them to contribute to international academic networks and set their own research agendas.

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.

Priority will be given to candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds. The promotion of gender equity in the current class of scholars and in the African academy will also be prioritized. Preference will be given to candidates who do not have significant international experience outside the continent.


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,
  • 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 to the UMAPS program 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 an employee at a university or college in Africa
  • They must be able to demonstrate support from a home institution with a letter of recommendation from the head of department, dean, or vice chancellor
  • Be able to remain in residence for five months
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Application Process

Applicants are to provide the following information for the application:

  • Complete the online application form
  • curriculum vitae
  • a scholarly program/research proposal (Maximum of 5 pages)
  • 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

Application Deadline: October 15, 2021.

For more information and application to the UMAPS program, visit the official site.