Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program South Africa

About the Institute of International Education

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program is made available by the Institute of International Education or IIE. The institute was founded in 1919 to facilitate cross-border education. Its mission is to help students and organizations leverage the power and potential of international education by creating a global network.

IIE’s global network consists of 1,600 higher education providers spread all across the world. The not-for-profit institute also governs 200+ programmes that serve 27,000+ students. It is funded by a group of trustees who believe in a common goal of advancing international collaborative learning.

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program 2022 – 2023

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

IIE runs several scholarship and training programmes in partnership with higher education providers. Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is one of them. The programme is funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Since its inception in 2013, it has till awarded 527 fellowships.

The programme is designed for institutions in any of the following African countries:

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • South Africa
  • Nigeria
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

They’ll have to host an international student of African origin and engage in collaborative research projects, co-developing curriculums, and student teaching/mentoring at the graduate level. The duration can be between 14 to 90 days.

Scholars in US or Canada can also apply and benefit from the programme. They will receive the following benefits from the Carnegie Corporation of New York:

  • A stipend of $150 per day
  • Visa cost, if applicable
  • Health insurance
  • Coverage of the round trip cost to and from home to the US/Canada airport
  • Options to apply for supplemental funding for knowledge production activities and workshop attendance

Eligibility Criteria For The Fellowship Program

There are eligibility criteria for both institutions and scholars. Both parties would have to fulfill them before being considered for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.

The scholar must be:

  • A person of African original (as per the biographical data in the passport)
  • Living in the United States or Canada
  • Hold a terminal degree
  • Employed by an accredited university or college

Scholars with postdocs are not eligible, although they may hold an academic rank.

For institutions, they must be in one of the countries mentioned above. Institutions that are members of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) are also eligible to apply to serve hosts.


How to Apply For The Fellowship Program?

To apply for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, institutions, and scholars must undergo the online application process. Please note there’s a separate process for each party. So follow accordingly.

For African Institutions

Interested and eligible institutions in Africa must submit an online project request. The proposal should be in one of the following activities:

  • Impactful collaborative research
  • Innovation in curriculum co-development
  • Creative ways to enhance graduate mentoring and training

The institution must indicate the type of fellowship they’re applying for.

In the proposal, faculties must also include a letter of support issued by an administrator of the Dean level.

It’s not obligatory to name a scholar in the project request. If the institution couldn’t find a suitable candidate yet, IIE will search in the Roster of qualified scholars and recommend them to the institution for consideration.

For Scholars

Scholars from US and Canada can apply for the fellowship program by submitting a scholar application. They’d also have to submit a letter of recommendation from the Dean of the current institution.

IIE will make the selection based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the project that’s proposed
  • Evidence of the mutual benefit that the project offers
  • Appropriateness of time proposed for project visit
  • The quality of the scholar match
  • Potential of the proposed project
  • Cost-share of the host institution

The institution must take the above things into account when submitting the proposal. After going through a three-tier review process, reviewers will rate the project request as Highly Recommended, Recommended, Not Recommended, or Recuse. In most cases, projects with a rating of Highly Recommended will get the funding.

Closing Date Of The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Currently closed for application. Please check back later for the updated opening and closing date of this bursary.

Contact Details

For more details regarding the diaspora fellowship programme, contact IIE directly at with your questions.

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