University Administration Support Program (UASP) – Call for Applications

Deadline: 3 March 2020
Open to: full-time research management university scholars who are citizens and residents of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania or Uganda
Benefits: two weeks of training in Washington, DC, a virtual learning environment, a four-week placement at a respected U.S. university and small grants competition


The fellowship aims to equip the new generation of university leaders across Africa and Eurasia with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to strengthen and improve institutional management of research and knowledge transfer and be catalysts of change.

UASP fellows will understand international trends and best practices, actively disseminate their knowledge within and beyond their institutions, and apply their ideas, skills and networks gained through the fellowship to drive improvement to their institution’s performance.


Applicants have to:

  • To 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;
  • To 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).*
  • To 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;
  • To have a sufficient level of proficiency in written and spoken English to work independently in the United States and engage colleagues;
  • To 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;
  • To be available to participate in the fellowship in the United States for approximately six weeks during Fall 2020 or Winter 2021;
  • To be committed to producing several fellowship-related assignments, including a comparative case study and implementation plan on a topic of research management; and
  • Not to be a current IREX employee and/or consultant or an immediate family member (spouses, children, parents, siblings) of an IREX employee or consultant

*Eligible African universities are those who are members of ARUA, the African Research Universities Alliance, listed on page 2 of this PDF.

Eligible Eurasian universities are those listed on page 2 of this PDF.

Please note: Fellows are not allowed to have dependents (including spouses and children) accompany them during the Fellowship.


The selected applicants will enjoy the following benefits:

  • 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.

How to Apply?

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).

 For more details please visit the official website.