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The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, or CADFP, is a scholar exchange program for African higher education institutions to host a diaspora scholar for 14-90 days for projects in curriculum co-development, collaborative research and graduate student teaching and mentoring.

The CADFP is a two-sided application: a project request submitted by the African institution and a scholar application submitted by the diaspora scholar. Links and information about the African host institution project request, scholar application, types of fellowships, review guidelines, and FAQs are posted on the program website.

Who is eligible? 

  • Universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and member institutions of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) can submit a project request to host a diaspora scholar. Potential host institutions can apply with a diaspora scholar in mind or request a match from IIE. 
  • Diaspora scholars born in Africa, who live in the United States or Canada and work at an accredited college or university in either country, can apply online to be placed on a roster of candidates for a fellowship. Scholars must hold a terminal degree in their field and may hold any academic rank.
  • The lifetime maximum for CADFP Fellowships is two (2).


The deadline for Project Requests and Scholar Applications for diaspora scholars is March 4, 2024 at 11:59 pm EST. Selection decisions will be made by late April or early May 2024; project visits can begin as early as May 15, 2024 and must be completed by November 30, 2025.

More Information

Interested parties are invited to register for one of the informational webinars:

Webinars will be recorded and posted on YouTube.

Visit for more information about how to apply, program benefits, and details about previously funded Fellows and Projects.

Please note that IAU is not affiliated with the CADFP programme and cannot help with the application process. 

Latest update: 12.06.2024