2015-16 University of Michigan (U-M) African Presidential Scholars Program

2015-16 University of Michigan (U-M) African Presidential Scholars Program

Deadline:October 15, 2015

The U-M African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) program brings early career faculty from universities in Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, and Uganda to Ann Arbor for residencies lasting up to six months. Scholars are paired with a faculty mentor during their stay and have full access to U-M’s 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 it internationalizes U-M by generating research and teaching collaborations across diverse disciplines, from engineering to African literature.


Requirements for all Applicants:

  • Preference given to early career faculty who have taught in the higher education system for less than ten years
  • Applicants may or may not have received their PhD

Requirements for Applicants from Ghana, Liberia,South Africa or Uganda:

  • Must be a faculty member of a college or university in Ghana, Liberia, South Africa or Uganda.
  • Completion of online form and submission of all required supporting documents.

Other African Countries:

  • Direct applications are not accepted from applicants from countries other than Uganda, Ghana, Liberia and South Africa. Direct applications from applicants from countries other than Uganda, Ghana, Liberia and South Africa will be disregarded
  • Only a U-M faculty member with a pre-existing established relationship may nominate a candidate from countries other than Uganda, Ghana, Liberia and South Africa.


  • African scholars will be provided with round-trip airfare from their home country to Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Scholars will receive a stipend to cover living, housing, and research expenses during their tenure at the University of Michigan
  • Scholars will begin their residency in late August
  • Each scholar will be asked to give a presentation on their work during the residency
  • The scholarship may be combined with other scholarships or funds to support an extended stay

It is expected that the scholar’s home institution will continue to pay the scholar’s academic salary during the duration of the fellowship.

How to Apply/Nomination Process

Note that the online Application form would be available here by August 15,2015.


The Nominating U-M faculty member may submit the nominee’s application materials to the African Studies Center along with a nomination letter. Complete the nomination form and forward the nomination letter to [email protected], listing “UMAPS NOMINATION” in the subject line.

Applicants must submit:

Electronic (PDF) or hard copies sent to ASC’s e-mail or postal address will not be processed or accepted.

For more information, visit UMAPS or contact [email protected].