Scholars must have been born in Africa, live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries. To be placed on a roster of available candidates, scholars also need to hold a terminal degree in their field and can hold any academic rank. University staff, research associates and postdocs are not eligible. Scholars submit brief personal statements and information on their academic qualifications, disciplinary expertise and administrative experience. A letter of reference from an administrator at the scholar’s current college or university with the position of dean or higher is required. Candidates matched with a project receive a fellowship, to engage in an educational project at an African institution for one visit between 21 and 90 days.

The Fall 2018 competition will open on October 1 and will close on December 9, 2018.

The CADFP is always accepting applications for the scholar roster.



See the Review Criteria and the How to Apply for African Institutions links for further information.

Project Requests and Activities

Project requests to host scholars are submitted online by an African higher education institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Uganda. A scholars on the roster is only considered for a fellowship if a complete project request is received at IIE by the program deadline that either requests the scholar by name or fits the discipline specializations and expertise of the scholar. A scholar whose experience fit the activities and objectives proposed in a project request may be matched with the project.

Types of project activities that can be requested by an African host institution are:

  • Curriculum co-development,
  • Research collaboration,
  • Graduate student teaching, training and mentoring.


An African host institution may, but is not required to, name a proposed scholar in a project request. Both the proposed scholar and the project request itself are subject to evaluation by a review committee and approval by the Advisory Council.

African institutions and prospective fellows (scholars) can collaborate on ideas for a project that the institution submits. Scholars must submit information online for the roster. IIE will maintain and search the roster for one or more possible matches, according to the discipline specializations, expertise, activities and objectives described in a project request.


For the fellowship, the African Diaspora Fellow will receive

  • a $200/day stipend
  • visa costs
  • limited health insurance coverage
  • round-trip international air travel and ground transportation costs to and from home and the U.S. or Canadian airport.

IIE manages the fellowships and payments to Fellows. Host Institutions are strongly encouraged to provide cost share to cover the Fellow’s costs while in the host country. These costs include daily meals, lodging and transportation to and from the host country airport and to and from campus to the site of lodging.

Please email with questions.

Types of Fellowships

Types of Fellowships

Fellowships Offered in Each Cycle

All-Discipline Fellowships

Open to Project Requests from all disciplines in each competition cycle.

Thematic Fellowships

The CADFP give preference to different thematic areas over three competition cycles. Though projects in thematic, priority areas will be given priority, many all-discipline fellowships will be awarded. Priority Fellowship Themes with corresponding application dates:

Fall 2018: October 1-December 9, 2018

  • Peace, social justice, equality, and security (including cyber security)
  • Agriculture, industry, and innovation

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

With this type of fellowship, fellows can visit multiple institutions. Hosting institutions must collaborate on the Project Request. Project Requests are specifically encouraged that demonstrate a collaboration between established and newer universities. Collaborations between universities and research organizations are also an option with the multi-institutional Fellowship. Please contact if you plan to apply for the multi-institutional fellowship.

Cohort Fellowships

Two or more fellows collaborate on a single project. Please contact if you plan to apply for this type of fellowship.


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