The collaborative Project will focus on Curriculum Co-development in Digital Public History

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to Support Projects at Universities across Africa

Ajayi Crowther University was selected by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to host an African Diaspora scholar from the State University of New York, Cortland, United States of America to work with on a collaborative project on [description of Project]. Prof George Lasebikan /Dr Oluwatoyin Sogbesan will lead the Project, together with Dr Bekeh Ukelina from the State University of New York.

Prof. Lasebikan and Dr. Sogbesan received the news of Ajayi Crowther’s nomination on April 29, 2022. The focus of the project is curriculum evaluation and development. The evolving nature of history requires students to be trained in the art of historical thinking and writing. To this end, a course will be developed on ‘Why Nigerian History Matters’. This will help students interrogate major events that have happened in Nigeria and how it affects the current situation within the country.

The diaspora fellow will be domiciled in the Department of History where he will spend 3 months. During his stay at Ajayi Crowther University, he will contribute to curriculum development, most especially in Digital Public History. During his time with us, he would work with staff across departments and faculties in interdisciplinary research and will offer seminars and workshops on publishing, grants, and international Fellowships.

Ajayi University Oyo project is one of 63 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions and collaborators in Africa to work together on curriculum co-development, collaborative research, graduate training and mentoring activities in the coming months.

The CADFP, now in its tenth year develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. It is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU). Nearly 600 African Diaspora Fellowships have now been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.

Fellowships match host universities with African-born scholars and cover the expenses for project visits of between 14 and 90 days, including transportation, a daily stipend, and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance.

See the full list of newly selected projects, hosts and scholars.

Please direct all questions related to the application process to [email protected].