Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program 2020


June 30, 2020



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Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by IIE in collaboration with the United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), the program is funded by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). A total of 471 African Diaspora Fellowships have been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013. CADFP exemplifies CCNY's enduring commitment to higher education in Africa. IIE manages and administers the program, including applications, project requests and fellowships. USIU-Africa provides strategic direction through the Advisory Council.

Types of Fellowships

Multiple types of fellowships are possible under the CADFP, but all potential hosts are highly encouraged to propose one or two of the following activities:

  • Innovations in curriculum co-development. Requests outlining activities in curriculum co-development should focus on innovative and collaborative approaches to designing and implementing new courses and curriculum(s). Fellowships that assist host institutions in developing and strengthening online instructional capacities are highly encouraged.
  • New approaches and methods to graduate mentoring and training. Requests which include mentoring and training graduate students should identify new approaches and methods that will enhance graduate students’ technical and research skills.
  • Impactful research collaboration and capacity strengthening. Research collaborations proposed by potential hosts and fellows should demonstrate long-term impact and strengthening of host faculty technical and research skills.

All-Discipline Fellowships

Open to Project Requests from any academic discipline.  This is the standard model of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.

Alumni Fellowships 

Opportunity for program alumni to do another stay at their initial host institution. Alumni can also collaborate with new institutions.   

Multi-Institutional Fellowships 


Two host institutions submit one project request for activities to be completed in one visit. 

  • Project requests are specifically encouraged that demonstrate collaboration among new and more established universities.
  • Collaborations among universities and research organizations are eligible.
  • Letters of support are required from all participating institution.

Cohort Fellowships 

One institution can submit a project request for a group of two or more scholars to collaborate on one project. 

  • Each scholar must submit an application and a letter of recommendation from their home institution.
  • Scholars can be in the same fields of study, but it is recommended that they have different subfields of expertise.
  • Cohorts can be of any size, but a clear justification for the presence of each scholar should be outlined in the project.
  • Scholars in a cohort can come from different institutions in the U.S. or Canada.

Flexible Fellowships

Scholars are able to make two separate visits to a host institution to work on a single project.

  • Project requests should include a clear justification for the flexible model as well as workplans for the time between the two visits.
  • Each visit of the flexible fellowship should be at least 14 days, and the combined length of both visits should not exceed 90 days.
  • The CADFP will cover costs for the fellow's first roundtrip ticket to the host institution.  However, the second roundtrip ticket must be funded by the scholar's home institution or the host institution that submitted the project request.
  • The letter of support from the host institution and the letter of recommendation from the scholar's institution should note that the project will be conducted over two visits.  The institution covering the cost of the second roundtrip ticket should mention this in their letter.
  • Both visits must be completed by August 31, 2021.

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Eligible Countries
Publish Date
April 12, 2020
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