UMAPS accepts applications from faculty in Ghana, Liberia, South Africa, and Uganda. Starting 2014, U-M faculty are also allowed to nominate candidates from any African country, provided they can prove a pre-existing established relationship with a University of Michigan faculty member and agree to serve as the candidate’s mentor. See the eligibility requirements for further details.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility 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

Specific Eligibility Requirement for Applicants from:


  • 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.


  • 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.


Nomination Procedure for U-M Faculty

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, listing "UMAPS NOMINATION" in the subject line.

Application Checklist and DeadlinesApplication period is August 15-October 15

Applicants must submit:

Online application »   |     PDF application form »

PDF applications should be sent electronically to:

Alternatively, you may print your applications. 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

Letter of Support     |   Scholarly Programs   |   Guidance on the Research Proposal

Selection Criteria and Award Details

Review and selection will be made by a multidisciplinary faculty committee at the University of Michigan and will be based on the following:

  • Academic quality of the candidate and of the proposed program of scholarship
  • Academic fit of the candidate with others selected in the cycle and with the areas of interest described in the Scholarly Program section below – it is our hope to facilitate scholarly networks
  • Support of the candidate’s home institution

Priority 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 prioritized. Applicants who already have significant international experience will not be favored.

Award Details

  • 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.

For further inquiries, please contact:
The African Studies Center - UMAPS
University of Michigan, International Institute
1080 S. University Ave, Suite 3603, Ann Arbor, Ml 48109-1106
Tel: +1 (734) 615-3027     |     Fax: +1 (734) 936-0996