Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

Bells University of Technology was selected by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program(CADFP) to host an African Diaspora scholar from the United States to work with on a collaborative project which will focus on research in project management, sustainable construction, building services, and curriculum co-development, mentorship and training in academic practice. Dr. Obuks Ejohwomu will lead the project, together with Prof. Musibau Shofoluwe, a Fellow from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.


The objective of this project is to promote participatory practice-based teaching through curriculum review and workshops in academic practice in the Department of Management Technology. At a time (21st Century) when technology is progressing engineering disruption, the mantra should be change. A change to adaptive curriculum and academic practices that prescribe life-long learning is needed.The expected outcomes of the project to the host institution are:


1. Operationalizing a 21st Century compliant curricula;
2. An improved student learning experience with life-long learning skills;
3. Heightened employer satisfaction;
4. Increase in student enrolment and retention;
5. Improved faculty research and publications productivity;
6. Increase in the quality and number of academic publications in ISI-listed journals; and
7. An undergraduate and post-graduate curricula assessment plan that focuses on continuous improvement and student learning outcomes.


Bells University's project is one of 57 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with one of 41 higher education institutions and collaborators in Africa to work together on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities in the coming months. The collaborating fellow, Prof. Shofoluwe is one of a total of 169 African Diaspora scholars who have been awarded Fellowships to travel to Africa over the first three years of the program. The projects span all disciplines from agroforestry to e-learning modules for nursing, and from ethnomusicology to military mental health.


This innovative fellowship program facilitates engagement between scholars born in Africa who are now based in the United States or Canada and scholars in Africa on mutually beneficial academic activities. The program is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, through Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, who chairs the Advisory Council, and is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York.


The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) Advisory Council, comprised of academic leaders from Africa and prominent African Diaspora academics, has remarked on the quick growth, quality, impact and uniqueness of the program, which allows African universities to take the lead in proposing projects that meet their needs and hosting African Diaspora scholars at their institutions


According to Dr. Zeleza, Vice Chancellor of USIU-Africa, who chairs "Diaspora knowledge networks that bring together academics across disciplines and help to facilitate scholarly collaboration, faculty and student exchanges, and networking opportunities are an important component of brain circulation. Diaspora academics constitute a critical facet of higher education internationalization. The connections fostered through them ultimately support capacity building and innovation in home and host countries. Unique in its organization, CADFP offers opportunities for truly collaborative, innovative and transformative engagements between African Diaspora academics in Canada and the United States and African higher education institutions in six countries."


Public and private higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda were eligible to submit project requests to host a scholar for 14 to 90 days; prospective hosts were invited but not required to name a proposed scholar in their project requests. The proposed scholar and project requests were each evaluated by a review committee and were approved by the Advisory Council. Scholars born in Africa who live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries were eligible to apply to be on a roster of available candidates. IIE maintains a scholar roster to facilitate matches, according to the discipline specializations, expertise, activities and objectives described in a project request.The fellowship for the project visit includes a daily stipend, transportation, visa funds and health insurance coverage. Eligible universities can submit a project request via the online portal to host a Fellow for projects starting December 1.


The application deadline is June 5th, 2016, 11:59 PM EST.




Obuks Ejohwomu,

Bells University of Technology,,


Sharon Witherell,

Institute of International Education,