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University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program 2020-2021

Starting in 2020, the program will host two cohorts per year (August through December, and January through May). Applicants will have the opportunity to indicate their preference for a particular cohort during the application process.

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About University of Michigan

The University of Michigan (UM, U-M, U of M, or UMich), often simply referred to as Michigan, is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The university is Michigan's oldest; it was founded in 1817 in Detroit, as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, 20 years before the territory became a state Considered one of the foremost research universities in the United States with annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion, Michigan is classified as one of 115 Doctoral Universities with Very High Research by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Educ... read more


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Aim and Benefits of University of Michigan Research

Those admitted to the UMAPS Program will receive:

  1. 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
  2. Round-trip airfare from their home country to Ann Arbor, Michigan
  3. Free housing, medical insurance, a research allowance, and a modest stipend to cover living (Important note: The UMAPS program is unable to accommodate spouses and/or dependents)
  4. Office/Laboratory space 
  5. Opportunity to present research to the U-M community

For further inquiries, please contact: [email protected]


Requirements for University of Michigan Research Qualification

Previous recipients of the UMAPS fellowship are not eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants without extensive international experience outside the continent.

All applicants must:

  1. 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
  2. Be able to demonstrate support from home institution with letter of recommendation from head of department, dean, or vice chancellor
  3. Be able to remain in residence for five months

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Interview date, Process and Venue for University of Michigan Research

Review and selection will be made by a multidisciplinary faculty committee at the University of Michigan and will be based on the following:

  1. Academic quality of the candidate and of the proposed program of scholarship
  2. Academic fit of the candidate with others selected in the cycle and with the areas of interest described in the Scholarly Program section below – it is our hope to facilitate scholarly networks
  3. Equitable representations of scholars aligned with ASC’s three disciplinary initiatives
  4. Support of the candidate’s home institution

Priority will be given to candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds. 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.


Application Deadline

October 15, 2019


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to University of Michigan on webapps.lsa.umich.edu to apply

All candidates must:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Submit a curriculum vitae
  3. Submit a scholarly program/research proposal (not to exceed five pages) (See link in scholarship Webpage)
  4. 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
  5. 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 (See link in scholarship Webpage)

Applicants outside of Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, or Uganda must be nominated by a University of Michigan faculty member with whom the interested applicant already has a pre-existing/established relationship

For more details, please visit the scholarship website here


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