U-M African Presidential Scholars Program (UMAPS)

2013-2014 UMAPS Scholars

2012-2013 Scholar and Mentor Brunch

2012-13 UMAPS Mentor and Scholar Brunch
UMAPS Scholar Vivian Arhin-Sam with mentor Betsy Foxman

2012-2013 Mentor Scholar Brunch

2012-13 Scholar and Mentor Brunch
Mentor Professor Naomi Andre and UMAPS scholar Brenda Mhlambi

2012 University of Michigan Faculty Trip to Ghana

2012 University of Michigan Faculty Trip to Ghana
UMAPS Alumni with UM Faculty

2011-2012 UMAPS Cohort

UMAPS 2011-2012
2011 ASC Fall Reception

UMAPS Cohort 2011-2012

2011 UMAPS Cohort
Fall 2011 North Campus tour

UMAPS Cohort 2011-2012

UMAPS Cohort 2011-2012

2010-2011 UMAPS Cohort

2010-2011 UMAPS Cohort

2010 UMAPS

2010-2011 UMAPS
Detroit River Tour

2009 UMAPS Cohort

2009-2010 UMAPS Cohort
Waterloo Discovery Center- January 2010

2009-2010 UMAPS Cohort

UMAPS 2009 Cohort
UMAPS Farewell Dinner

2008 Inaugural UMAPS Cohort Presidential Luncheon

2008 Inaugural UMAPS Cohort
Presidential Luncheon with Mary Sue Coleman

2008 Inaugural UMAPS Cohort

2008 Inaugural UMAPS Cohort

UMAPS scholars share their experiences

Annual Application Period: August 15-October 15
2014 Deadline: October 15, 2013

The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program (UMAPS) is designed to enhance collaboration between early career faculty from Ghana, Liberia, South Africa and Uganda and students and faculty at the University of Michigan (U-M). It is also designed to support faculty development in Africa and capacity building for African home institutions. U-M provides support for the next generation of African scholars by bringing them to U-M for periods of four to six months, where they will have access to library and research materials that can assist them in working on a research project, academic degree, new course, grant proposal, or other relevant activity. While in residency, they will also be paired with a U-M faculty member for mentorship or collaboration on projects that will help them advance their careers. These activities allow the U-M to build and strengthen lasting scholarly relationships with visiting scholars and their home institutions.

Eligible scholars may apply to visit U-M for two months, a semester (four months) or for a half year (six months) beginning in September, 2014.

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UMAPS Application Form

Problems with the form? Email asc-contact@umich.edu for assistance.

Potential Areas of ResearchExploring research possibilities at U-M

Faculty representing all disciplines and all subjects are encouraged to apply. Each selected UMAPS scholar will be paired with a University of Michigan faculty member (or faculty research team) with similar interests. Applicants will have a greater chance of success if their scholarly work represents areas of special need and/or capacity-building for their home institutions, as well as scholarly areas in which the University of Michigan is particularly able to provide mentorship and collaborative engagement.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the website of the University of Michigan and for additional information about the university and its academic departments and faculty.

The University of Michigan African Studies Center is interested in strengthening the following areas of research and scholarship:

  • African Heritage: Research on how cultural assets in Africa are historicized, authenticated, accessed and circulated.
  • African Social Research Initiative: Social scientific research on income dynamics, urbanization, gender, governance, demographics, urbanization, public health and environmental change.
  • STEM-Africa: Research in the domains of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

However, our areas of interest and mentorship are broad and we encourage applications from the widest possible arenas of research.

Award Details

African Presidential Scholars will be provided with round-trip airfare from their home country to Ann Arbor, housing, and a modest stipend to cover living and select research expenses during their residency at the University of Michigan. Scholars would begin their residency in September, 2014.  

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

Each scholar will be asked to give a seminar with other visiting Ghanaian, Liberian, South African, and Ugandan scholars and U-M faculty and students during his or her tenure.

The scholarship may be combined with other scholarships or funds to support an extended stay at U-M.

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must be a faculty member from universities in Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, or the University of Liberia. Since a primary goal of the program is to assist in capacity building in African academe, strong preference will be given to early career members of the faculty. Mid-career faculty will also be considered.

Early career faculty means faculty who have taught in the higher education system for less than ten years. Applicants may or may not have received their PhD. If they have not received their PhD the application to UMAPS should detail how a Michigan residency will contribute to that end. If they have PhD in hand, their program of research in relation to career development should be clearly stated.

All applicants should include a letter of support from Head of Department, Chair, Dean, or another person in the university administration that recommends the candidate and explains how the scholar will address an outstanding faculty/scholarly need at their university. In addition, the letter should confirm the institution's commitment to continue to pay the scholar's academic salary while on leave at U-M.

Selection Criteria

A multidisciplinary faculty committee at the University of Michigan will review and select candidates. Selection will be based on the academic quality of the candidate and of the proposed program of scholarship; the academic fit of the candidate with others selected in the cycle-and with the areas of interest described above; and the support of the candidate's home institution. Strong emphasis will be given to candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds. Promotion of gender equity in the current class of scholars and in the African academy will also be given strong consideration. Applicants who already have significant international experience will not be favored for this program.

Guidance on the Research Proposal

Please ensure that your research proposal clearly states the following:

  • Goals and range of work you hope to complete in the four to six months at U-M. The expectation is that many applicants will be continuing or completing research they have already begun.
  • If you intend to begin a new area of research, please explain how much of the topic you will be able to cover and how you would complete the work once back in your home country.
  • Note the likely outcomes of your work at U-M, for instance the completion of a manuscript, submission of articles, etc.

Submit via email to asc-contact@umich.edu a statement of proposed research that does not exceed five double-spaced pages in length. If proposing to do research, please include the following:

  • Background of your project
  • Research Problem
  • Technical Approach
  • Milestones
  • References

If proposing a period of writing, indicate the scope of your writing project and goals.

Application Checklist and Submission Deadlines

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A research proposal, not to exceed five double-spaced pages
  • A letter of support from the department chair or program head, dean, or vice chancellor at the applicant's home institution. This letter should: (1) indicate the institution's commitment to continue to pay the scholar's academic salary while on leave at U-M. It should also (2) describe the candidate's strengths and merits, and (3) explain how this candidate's U-M residency contributes to central needs of the university.

Applications should be electronically to: asc-contact@umich.edu

Alternatively, hard copies can be mailed to the following address:

Director, African Studies Center – UMAPS
The University of Michigan
International Institute
1080 S. University Ave, Suite 3603
Ann Arbor, Ml 48109-1106
Tel: 734-615-3027
Fax: 734-936-0996