AAU Staff Exchange Programme

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The AAU is pleased to announce the edition of its Academic Staff Exchange Programme which aims at facilitating academic mobility and encouraging networking among AAU member institutions , as well as contributing to improvements in the quality of training and research in African higher education institutions.

Under the Exchange Programme academic staff from universities in Africa, or African academics in the Diaspora, are sponsored to undertake visits to universities in Africa to offer services such as teaching, graduate theses supervision, serving as external examiners or engaging in joint research.


Staff Exchange missions allow academic staff to get acquainted with different work environments, mentor young scholars or researchers and meet their colleagues involved in the same research areas and in the long term help build cooperation between home and host institutions.

The Visit:

Duration: 4 - 12 weeks

The visit to the host institution under the AAU Staff Exchange Programme involves participation of the visiting lecturer in any of the following:

* teaching assignment

* research collaboration

* graduate supervision; or

* external examination.

For research collaboration, preference will be given to (but not restricted to) work in the following areas:

1. The role of higher education in promoting sustainable development in Africa.

2. Agriculture, Food Security and related disciplines;

3. Economics and related disciplines, especially entrepreneurship in Africa;

4. Medicine and Medical Sciences;

5. Engineering and information technology; and

6. Gender and HIV & AIDS.

AAU Financial Support:

Financial support for exchange fellows includes the following:

# Up to US$2000 to cover economy class air ticket or the equivalent; (where airfare exceeds US$2000 the Host Institution would be expected to top up the amount)

# US$5,000 honorarium for a teaching or research mission.

# US$2,500 honorarium for an external examiner.

# US$150 per week - up to a maximum of US$1000 - to cover incidental expenses (paid once the dates of the mission are agreed between the visiting lecturer and the Host Institution)

Home/Host Institution Obligations:

The Home Institution of the visiting professor/lecturer shall maintain the payment of his/her salary and benefits for the duration of his/her absence from the institution for the purpose of the exchange mission.

The Host Institution shall cater for the local expenses of the visiting professor/lecturer including lodging, board, local transportation, and medical care during his/her stay at the institution.

Applications are accepted all year round

For more information and application, visit: AAU Staff Exchange Programme Website

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