Deadline: February 28, 2022

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by IIE, the program is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). A total of 527 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.


To be eligible for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, a scholar must:

  1. Have been born in any African country, as evidenced by the biographical data in the scholar’s passport;
  2. Live in the United States or Canada;
  3. Hold a terminal degree; and
  4. Be employed at an accredited college or university.

Scholars may hold any academic rank, but postdocs are not eligible.

As part of the application, scholars submit personal statements and information about their academic qualifications, disciplinary expertise and administrative experience.  A letter of recommendation from a Dean (or from an administrator of equal or higher level) from the scholar’s current institution is required.



African Diaspora Fellows receive the following:

  1. a $150/day stipend
  2. visa costs (if required)
  3. supplemental health insurance coverage
  4. round-trip international air travel and ground transportation costs to and from the scholar’s home to the North American airport
  5. potential opportunities to apply for supplemental funding to cover knowledge production activities and workshop attendance.

Review Criteria for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

  • Quality of proposed project
  • Evidence of mutual benefit for host institution and scholar in the proposed project
  • Appropriateness of time proposed for project visit
  • Fit and quality of proposed scholar match
  • Potential for impact
  • Host institution cost share

From the review criteria posted on the program website, a summary of what to look for follows:

Quality of proposed project

  • Specific and relevant activities are proposed to collaborate on research, curriculum co- development, and/or graduate student teaching, training and mentoring.
  • Strong project concept and rationale are provided; project demonstrates innovation and is practical.
  • Project Request clearly indicates what has been done by the institution on the proposed topic(s), the committed resources of the host institution, the host institution’s need(s)/problem(s) to be addressed, the goals of the project and what will change/ improve in order to meet the need(s)/solve the problem(s) and the anticipated specific role of the Diaspora Fellow in the proposed activities.
  • Clear mission of what the host institution wants to accomplish through project visit is articulated, and justification is provided on reasons to partner in the effort with a Diaspora scholar.
  • Project contributes to the overall CADFP goal of strengthening higher education in the continent.


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