The University of Michigan accepts direct applications from faculty members of colleges or universities in Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, and Uganda.

Brief Description: UMAPS accepts direct applications from faculty members of colleges or universities in Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, and Uganda.

Faculty members of colleges and universities in all other African countries cannot apply directly to the UMAPS program without first being nominated and invited to apply by a U-M faculty member with whom s/he already has a pre-existing relationship.

Eligibility: All applicants must:

  • Be an early career faculty member who has taught in the higher education system for less than ten years, presently teaching in a college or university in Africa
  • Be able to demonstrate support from home institution with letter of recommendation from head of department, dean, or vice chancellor
  • Be able to remain in residence for four to six months

Study Program: The U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program brings early career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor, Michigan for residencies that begin in late August, generally lasting up to six months.

Study Major: 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.

National/International Students: Faculty members from African universities can apply for African Presidential Scholarship Program.

Scholarship Award: Those admitted to the UMAPS Program will receive:

  • Four to six months residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, paired with a faculty mentor with full access to the university’s resources
  • Round-trip airfare from their home country to Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Free housing, and a modest stipend to cover living, health care, and research costs while at U-M. Important note: The UMAPS program is unable to accommodate spouses and/or dependents
  • Office/Laboratory space
  • Opportunity to present research to the U-M community

How to Apply: Applicants outside of Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, or Uganda must be nominated by a U-M faculty member with whom the interested applicant already has a pre-existing/established relationship. The nominating faculty must:

  • Complete the online nomination form
  • Submit a letter of endorsement that indicates his/her willingness to serve as a mentor during the length of the residency, commit to meet regularly, and provide an office space for the prospective participant

All applicants must

  • Complete the online application form
  • Submit a curriculum vitae
  • Submit a scholarly program/research proposal (not to exceed five pages)
  • Applications from a wide range of disciplines and schools are welcome; applications that align with the center’s initiatives—African Heritage, African Social Research, and STEM-Africa—are encouraged
  • Provide a 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

Application Form

Application Deadline: Nominations must be received by September 15, 2016, to allow time for nominated applicants to receive and complete the application form. The application starts on August 15. Final Deadline: October 15.

For more details visit the official site