As a result of the Ethiopian government’s prioritization of higher education, Ethiopian universities are eager to attract foreign faculty, American scholars in particular. The Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars will create a critical foundation for Ethiopia’s development by strengthening the leading Ethiopian universities’ capacity to teach and manage undergraduate and graduate programs, and enhancing research capacity within Ethiopian universities. They may also provide opportunities for long‐term collaboration between U.S. and Ethiopian universities and scholars.
The Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, Bahir Dar University, the University of Gondar, and the Institute of International Education (IIE). The initial cohort of 10 Scholars will teach in Ethiopia in spring 2018. Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars will have the opportunity to engage in primary research with doctoral students, work to publish results, teach, design curriculum, mentor students, and collaborate with faculty at their host institution for one academic semester. Program benefits includes a monthly stipend and in-country advising from the IIE Ethiopia office as well as support from the universities, and the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia.