African Futures Research Leadership Program Cohort 4 - Call for Scholars

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fourth cohort of the African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program will target early career women researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year at Michigan State University (MSU) under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing of scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating research results and developing grant proposals. Scholars will also participate in a structured academic advancement program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort.


The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin in August 2023. The visiting scholar will receive a salary, visa application support and round-trip travel from their home institution. Successful applicants will be paired with MSU mentors in their research areas by AAP. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication of manuscripts. 



  • Must be an early career woman researcher
  • Citizen of an African country in which AAP operates
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for one year
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor when they return to their home institution
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas

· Early career researchers may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of applications


To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below


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 Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due January 31, 2023


Additional program deadlines:

  • Final selection: March 1, 2023
  • Expected start date: August 25, 2023
  • Expected end date: July 31, 2024


Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Job opening | 16 December 2022