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IIE Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars program 2018 for Americans (Fully Funded to Ethiopia)

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Application Deadline: December 1, 2017 at 11:59pm PST:

The Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars will be a diverse set of qualified academics advancing scholarship at leading Ethiopian institutions of higher education with the aim of strengthening Ethiopian universities capacity to teach,research, and manage undergraduate and graduate programs. This program is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, Bahir Dar University, the University of Gondar, and the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Program Activities

  • Research and teach as full time faculty. Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars will teach spring term 2018 and may also further their research interests through field work in Ethiopia, and engage in primary research with doctoral students.
  • Impact higher education in Ethiopia. Through research, publication, collaboration, mentoring, teaching, and
    curriculum design, Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars have an opportunity to profoundly impact Ethiopia’s rapidly expanding higher education sector and thereby provide a critical foundation for Ethiopia’s development.
  • Join a supported cohort of engaged scholars.
  • Enrichment building activities will include a forum for the cohort of Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars, as well as orientations and cultural activities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree, at any career stage including postdoctoral candidates and professors emeriti

Program Benefits:

The Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars will receive the following incentives:

  • Position as full time teaching faculty at Bahir Dar University or University of Gondar
  • Living stipend ranging from $1,500 to $3,500 monthly, depending on candidate qualifications
  • Housing allowance ranging from $175 to $275 monthly (equivalent of ETB 4,000 to 6,300)
  • Round-trip airfare (including airfare for up to two dependents)
  • 20 days of sick leave per year
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa and vaccination coverage
  • In-country advising and support from IIE Ethiopia office, to include periodic check ins
  • Pre-departure Orientation conducted by IIE
  • In-country Orientation Workshop conducted by IIE and held either at IIE Ethiopia or U.S. Embassy
  • Participation in a forum at one of the partner universities for the cohort of Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars, coordinated by IIE
  • Assistance with locating housing (provided by partner university)
  • Assistance with local banking (provided by partner university)
  • Assistance with local residency permit (provided by partner university)
  • Letters of support for dependents’ admission to local schools (Bahar Dar has community school popular with expats and a British school, Gondar has a university affiliated school staffed with Canadian and American teachers)

Application Timeline

December 1, 2017 at 11:59pm PST:  Application deadline

December 2017:  Selection process, and applicants are notified of selection status

February – July 2018:  Initial cohort’s academic term at Ethiopian university

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the IIE Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars program 2018


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