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2023/2024 University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Programme (UMAPS)

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UMAPS accepts direct applications from faculty members of colleges or universities in Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda.

When is the Application Deadline?

15th October 2022 (11:59 PM EST)

Tell me about UMAPS:

Strengthening African universities is one of the most effective ways to contribute to the continent’s growth and continued excellence. The U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program has helped retain and strengthen faculty members working in African institutions of higher education, and empowered them to contribute to international academic networks and set their own research agendas.

The UMAPS Program brings early career faculty from African universities to Ann Arbor, 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 program supports the development of the next generation of African scholars by integrating them into international academic networks, and promotes U-M’s international commitment to research and teaching collaborations across diverse disciplines, from engineering to literature to economics.

The UMAPS program hosts two cohorts per year—August through December, and January through May—with *one* application round for both cohorts. Applicants will have the opportunity to indicate their preference for a particular cohort during the application process, but placement in a particular cohort (upon acceptance in the program) is not guaranteed.

Unfortunately, ASC is not able to help prospective applicants connect to U-M faculty, nor do we recommend reaching out to them directly.

What are Eligible Field(s):

Since 2009, the UMAPS Program has hosted scholars from Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Gabon, and Zambia representing a wide range of disciplines that closely align with the following initiatives:

Type of Award?

Short course

Who is Eligible for UMAPS?

*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:

What are the Selection Criteria?

A multidisciplinary faculty committee at the University of Michigan will review and select candidates. Selection will be based on the following:

 

Candidates who already have significant international experience will not be favored for this program.

Which countries are eligible?

Where will Award be taken?

Ann Habor, Michigan, USA

How Many Awards are available?

Two Awards (2)

What is the Benefit of UMAPS?

Those admitted to the UMAPS Program will receive:

What is the Timeline/Duration of UMAPS?

Eligible scholars may apply to visit U-M for a semester (four months) or for a half year (six months) beginning in Late August 2023 -Early February 2024

How can I apply for UMAPS?

Nomination Process

For applicants from outside Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, South Africa, or Uganda, nomination is required and needs to be completed by a U-M faculty member familiar with the work of the prospective applicant. The nominating faculty must:

As soon as we receive the complete nomination form and letter of support, we will send the nominated candidate an email invitation with a link to the application portal for nominated applicants; please do not use the regular application portal.

Application Checklist and Timeline

All applicants must:

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date on October 15. Incomplete applications will not be processed. 

Only applications submitted through the online system will be considered. 

UMAPS Information Webinar (via Zoom) | Aug 31, 2022 08:30 AM EST

This webinar will provide information on the program, covering topics such as (i) eligibility, and (ii) how to prepare an application to the program. 

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