Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (ADF) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with Quinnipiac University (QU), the program is funded by a two-year grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY), to support 100 short-term faculty fellowships for African-born academics. The program exemplifies CCNY’s enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE manages and administers the program, including applications, project requests and fellowships. QU provides strategic direction through Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and an Advisory Council he chairs.

Advisory Council:

Dr. Zeleza chairs an Advisory Council of academic leaders from Africa and prominent African Diaspora academics for strategic vision and project approval. The program goal is to facilitate equitable, effective and mutually beneficial international higher education engagements between scholars in Africa and African Diaspora academics in Canada and the United States. Multifaceted, innovative projects are encouraged, attuned to the transformations taking place in contemporary systems of higher education within the landscape of internationalization.


Fellowships of two weeks to one semester (14 to 90 days) in Africa are available for Diaspora scholars. Fellowship funding to scholars includes a daily stipend, visa costs, limited health insurance coverage, international travel and domestic travel to and from the airport in Canada or United States. The host institution is encouraged to fund housing, meals and local transportation to and from the airport in the host country.

How to Apply:

Scholars must have been born in Africa, live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries. To be placed on a roster of available candidates, scholars also need to hold a terminal degree in their field and can hold any academic rank. Scholars submit brief personal statements and information on their academic qualifications, disciplinary expertise and administrative experience. Candidates matched with a project receive a fellowship, to engage in an educational project at an African institution for between two weeks and one semester (between 14 days and 90 days).

Application deadlines are March 17, 2014.