Study Abroad : University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program 2019/2020 Fully Funded to Study in USA

Application period: August 15-October 15.



UMAPS accepts direct applications from faculty members of colleges or universities in Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, and Uganda.

Faculty members of colleges and universities in all other African countries cannot apply directly to the UMAPS program without first being nominated and invited to apply by a U-M faculty member with whom they already have a pre-existing relationship.

For Scholarship Assistance (Nigeria and Ghana only call 0703 029 2347 / +234 703 717 2972

Eligibility Requirement

*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:


Be an early career faculty member who has taught in the higher education system for less than ten years, presently teaching in a college or university in Africa

Be able to demonstrate support from home institution with letter of recommendation from head of department, dean, or vice chancellor

Be able to remain in residence from four to six months

Applicants outside of Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, or Uganda must be nominated by a University of Michigan faculty member with whom the interested applicant already has a pre-existing/established relationship.

The nominating faculty must:


Complete the online nomination form (for University of Michigan faculty only; access requires U-M login)

Submit /upload a letter of endorsement that indicates their willingness to serve as a mentor during the length of the residency, commit to meet regularly, and provide an office space for the prospective participant

For Scholarship Assistance (Nigeria and Ghana only call 0703 029 2347 / +234 703 717 2972

Note: Upon receipt of the U-M faculty’s nomination form, ASC will send the invitation to apply to the potential candidate.

Application Checklist and Timeline


All applicants must:


Complete the online application form » (This link can only be used by applicants from the following countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, or Uganda)

Submit a curriculum vitae

Submit a scholarly program/research proposal (not to exceed five pages)

Applications from a wide range of disciplines and schools are welcome; applications that align with the center’s initiatives—AHHI, ASRI, and STEM-Africa—are encouraged

Provide complete name and contact information of the department head, dean, or vice chancellor at the applicant’s home institution who will be writing their letter of support

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.


Residency period: Late August-Early February

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