TheUASP Fellowship in Research Management 2018, USA


April 15, 2018

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THE UASP FELLOWSHIP IN RESEARCH MANAGEMENT develops higher education research management capacity in Africa and Eurasia through a six-week fellowship in the United States. Including two weeks of training in Washington, DC, a four-week placement at a US university, and opportunities for postprogram small grants and engagement, the UASP supports up to 32 mid- to senior-level research managers to build their universities into leading research institutions. 

Sample fellowship focus areas

  • Institutional research strategy
  • Incentivizing research
  • Winning and managing research funding
  • Enhancing reputation and visibility
  • Publication
  • Research ethics and integrity 
  • Researcher development, career support
  • Research methods training
  • Postgraduate research programs
  • Technology transfer
  • Research commercialization
  • Institutional data, reporting, and audits


  • Financial Provisions

Roundtrip airfare, J-1 visa fees, accident and sickness insurance, housing, daily allowance of $50 per day (meals and incidentals), and a professional development allowance of at least $600

  • Research Management Training

2 weeks of intensive training and peer-to-peer learning in Washington, DC 

  • US Host University Placement (with Host Mentor)

4-week placement observing and analyzing research management operations at a respected public US university. Fellows’ placements are assigned according to requested focus area(s) which are priorities of their home institution.

  • Implementation Plan or Comparative Case Study

Application of learning from the host placement to make recommendations for research management reform at the home institution. 

  • Virtual Learning Environment

An online platform enables fellows to engage with UASP trainers, peers, and alumni prior to, during, and after the fellowship. 

  • Postprogram Grants and Engagement

Post-program small grants competition to put learning into action (e.g. to kickstart a reform at the home institution), take research management courses, and/or attend relevant conferences. 


Eligible African participants in the UASP must be employed by an institution in the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). ARUA will contribute to the selection of grantees. 

  • ETHIOPIA - Addis Ababa University
  • GHANA - University of Ghana 
  • KENYA - University of Nairobi
  • NIGERIA - University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University
  • RWANDA - University of Rwanda
  • SENEGAL - University of Cheikh Anta Diop
  • SOUTH AFRICA -  University of the Witwatersrand, University of Stellenbosch, Rhodes University, University of KwaZulu Natal, University of Pretoria, University of Cape Town 
  • TANZANIA - University of Dar es Salaam
  • UGANDA - Makerere University


  • ARMENIA - Armenian State Pedagogical University, Gavar State University, Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute after Nalbandyan, Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institute after Tumanyan, Yerevan State Linguistic University after Bryusov, Yerevan State University 
  • BELARUS - European Humanities University
  • GEORGIA - Akaki Tsereteli State University, Gori University, Ilia State University, Sokhumi University, Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University, Telavi Iakob Gogebashvili State University 
  • UKRAINE - Horlivka State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages, Kharkiv National University, Kherson State University, Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University, Kremenchuk State University, Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Kyiv National University, Lviv National University, South Ukrainian Pedagogical University named after Ushynskyi, Ternopil National Pedagogical University, Uzhhorod National University, Volodymyr Dahl East Ukraine National University, Zaporizhzhia National University


  1. Award Notification May 2018
  2. Cohort I Fellowships take place September - November 2018 (6 weeks in US)
  3. Cohort II Fellowships take place JanuaryMarch 2019 (6 weeks in US)
  4. Small Grants and Coaching January - December 2019


  • 87% delivered training to staff 
  • 55% developed new administrative processes 
  • 32% provided a new service to students
  • 28% introduced new teaching, learning and assessment methods
  • 26% established a new functional unit


Henry Zakumumpa established the first Office of Sponsored Research at Makerere University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. This has since prompted discourse to establish research managements offices in seven of Makerere’s ten Colleges. Moses Chimbari and Clement Matasane jointly developed “Researcher Competencies” capacity development workshops for PhD students and an online research platform to enhance grants acquisition capacity at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Olufemi Hodefe developed grants management training that is now institutionalized at the University of Lagos. In addition, through a UASP alumni grant, he traveled to speak at a University of KwaZulu-Natal symposium, where he reconnected with his UASP cohort member, Clement Matasane (an employee of UKZN) and developed a grant writing collaboration between their institutions.

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