African Academic Diaspora Support to African Universities Program (The Diaspora Program)

African Academic Diaspora Support to African Universities Program (The Diaspora Program)

The initiative, called African Academic Diaspora Support to African Universities, seeks to mobilize African academics in the diaspora to contribute to the strengthening of African universities, the nurturing of new generations of scholars in Africa in a culture of excellence, and the revitalization of the social sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Higher Education Studies. The specific objectives of the initiative will include the strengthening of PhD programs and the curricula in the social sciences and the humanities (SSH); contribute to the filling of gaps and dealing with shortages in teaching; mentoring of young social science scholars in Africa as well as strengthening relations between African academics in the diaspora and the institutions where they are based and African universities. The activities undertaken by Diaspora Academics in collaboration with their counterparts in African Universities include:
•  Diaspora Visiting Professorships to African Universities to undertake teaching, curriculum review and course design in the SSH:  conduct summer institutes and advanced workshops for doctoral students;
• Mentoring and co-supervision of doctoral students under the CODESRIA College of Senior academic mentors;
• Undertake Joint research on topics related to the African Diaspora and Revitalization of research and teaching in the SSH in African Universities (Research Partnerships;
• Support post-doctoral research by early career academics based in the Diaspora and in African universities.

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