Written by: Chelsea Cabral
The third time’s a charm for Dr. Bridget Teboh, who has finally been awarded the prestigious Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (ADF), allowing her the chance to contribute to the improvement of higher education in Africa. In doing so, Teboh, an associate professor of history, will facilitate collaborations between scholars in Africa and African Diaspora academics in the United States.
For eight weeks this summer, Teboh will be travelling to Adeyemi College of Education, a college that is part of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ondo, Nigeria. Adeyemi College of Education is one of only 69 institutions that were selected by the Carnegie Corporation this year to host scholars.
A member of an exclusive group of academics
Teboh joins an exclusive class of academics who have been hand-picked to participate in the highly respected fellowship. In addition to mentoring students and faculty, she will be working to develop new curricula, strengthen current courses in the history department, as well as working to develop a women’s studies center on the campus.
“As African-born scholars who are working in the U.S. with the expertise and skills that could be used to develop African nations, this fellowship is giving us the very chance to not only go and give back to higher education in Africa but also to developing African nations,” Teboh said. “The ADF has been the missing link in terms of collaborations between institutions in Africa and institutions in the United States.”
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (ADF) supports African higher education
Created in 2014, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (ADF) works to support African-born scholars who live in the U.S. or Canada and teach at accredited universities. The ADF hopes to use the scholar’s expertise to support African higher education institutions in regards to research collaboration, graduate student teaching/mentoring, and curriculum co-development.
In its fourth year, the Carnegie ADF, to date, has helped 239 African-born scholars connect with their peers in Africa. “So many people like me have been waiting for this opportunity for years because we couldn’t apply for the Fulbright, or the Ford Foundation, which are grants that are readily available for higher education scholars,” said Teboh. “The Carnegie Foundation has made the opportunity to travel to Africa more accessible for a core group of African-born scholars living here in the U.S. whose numbers are growing exponentially.”