Fellowship opportunities open for University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program

The University of Michigan is inviting applications for the University of Michigan African Presidential (UMAPS) program. UMAPS is a fellowship program that annually supports a cohort of around 15 early/mid-career researchers from universities in select African countries for semester-long research residencies at the University of 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.

The University is accepting applications for the cohorts to join the programme in (i) August to December 2021, and (ii) January to May 2022. Currently in its 13th year, the program has 162 alumni, hosted from Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Gabon, and Zambia representing a wide range of disciplines.

The fellowship is open to researchers in all fields of study represented at the University of Michigan. The individuals should be employed at an institution of higher education and the home institution has to commit to continuing their remuneration for the duration of their participation in the program. The application deadline is set at October 15, 2020.

The program supports the development of the next generation of African scholars by integrating them into international academic networks as well as promote the university's international commitment to research and teaching collaborations across diverse disciplines, from engineering to literature to economics. 

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Article by Jedidah Mwangi