2020 IREX University Administration Support Program Fellowships in Research Management for Leaders from Africa or Eurasia

Deadline: March 3, 2020.

The UASP Fellowships in Research Management support the development of university research management and knowledge transfer capacity through a six-week fellowship in the United States for mid- to senior-level university leaders.

Two weeks of training in Washington, DC, a virtual learning environment, and a four-week placement at a respected U.S. university support participants to build their universities into leading research institutions that impact their communities. Following the placement, fellows are supported to implement reforms in their home institution.


Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of and reside in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda at the time of application and participation;
  • Hold a full-time mid- or senior-level position focusing on research management at an eligible university (seniority should be sufficient to demonstrate capacity to be a catalyst for change).*
  • Demonstrate engagement with the DVC/Director Research or an equivalent post and clearly articulate alignment of the proposed fellowship area of focus with institutional priorities;
  • Have a sufficient level of proficiency in written and spoken English to work independently in the United States and engage colleagues;
  • Be able to receive and maintain a J-1 visa. Please note, your passport should be valid at least 6 months after the fellowship program end date;
  • Be available to participate in the fellowship in the United States for approximately six weeks during Fall 2020 or Winter 2021;
  • Be committed to producing several fellowship-related assignments, including a comparative case study and implementation plan on a topic of research management; and
  • Not be a current IREX employee and/or consultant or an immediate family member (spouses, children, parents, siblings) of an IREX employee or consultant


The fellowship model includes:

  • Two weeks of intensive training in Washington, DC
  • A four-week placement observing and analyzing research management operations at a respected US university
  • Peer-to-peer learning
  • A virtual learning environment to share resources and network with peers remotely
  • Post-placement support implementing reforms, including a small grants competition


The application will ask applicants to prepare and upload the following support documents with their application

  • Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • Letter of support from immediate supervisor: please download the form template for this here , provide to your supervisor, and then upload with your application submission
  • Letter of support from home institution Deputy Vice Chancellor Research (or equivalent post)
  • Home institution organizational chart
  • See application form for instructions for the required format for each support document).



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