The New York City-based Institute of International Education has announced the selection of a third cohort of fellows through its Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows program, which is conducted in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York and Quinnipiac University.
Beginning this month, the seventeen fellows, all of them African diaspora scholars with appointments at universities in North America, will travel to Africa to conduct joint projects with colleagues at host universities in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa. Submitted by host universities with the aim of fostering collaboration and building capacity on their campuses, the projects supported by this round of awards include efforts to develop an MBA program, stage a musical, and conduct Africa-sensitive research in cognitive psychology.
With the announcement, CADFP has now selected and approved a total of a hundred and ten fellows since its inception in 2014, including thirty-three fellows in June 2014 and sixty fellows in November 2014.
"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," said Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, vice president for academic affairs and professor of history at Quinnipiac University and chair of the program's advisory council. "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."