African Futures Research Leadership Program 2023 at Michigan State University

Last Updated on December 14, 2022

African Futures Research Leadership Program

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) established its African Futures Research Leadership Program in the fall of 2019. The competitive visiting scholar program targets early career women researchers from the 10 AAP member universities to travel to Michigan State University (MSU) for one year to be jointly supervised by faculty members from MSU and their home institution in research for impact, writing of scholarly and/or policy publications, dissemination of research results and grant proposals. Early career researchers also participate in a structured academic advancement program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU and across their cohort. They also take part in an off-site leadership retreat, which will provide them with training in the areas of thought leadership, team development, research development, engagement and collaboration. In addition, the scholar’s MSU and home institution mentors will each visit the other’s institution for one week of collaboration discussions to establish long-term partnerships.

Aim and Benefits of MSU African Futures Research Leadership Program

  • Successful applicants will be paired with a suitable MSU faculty mentor and will work with their mentor over a one-year period at MSU.
  • AAP will provide scholars a salary during their time at MSU, and will cover airfare and visa application fees. Scholars will also receive a small grant for their research and professional development activities, to be spent in coordination with their mentors.
  • Eligible scholars will be current early career Academic Staff at AAP member universities who have received their PhD within the past ten years.

Requirements for MSU African Futures Research Leadership Program Qualification

  • 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 10 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 AAP’s six priority areas: agri-food systems, water, energy, & environment, youth empowerment, education, health & nutrition, and culture

Interview date, Process and Venue for MSU African Futures Research Leadership Program


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

Application Deadline: January 31, 2023

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Apply Here

Applicants will submit a proposal that includes a CV, letter of interest, endorsement from their department chair and AAP focal point, writing samples, and letters of reference.

For more details, visit the MSU website

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