Professor Moses Acquaah from UNC Greensboro was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) to travel to Ghana to work with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Dr. David Asamoah on collaborative research with School of Business faculty, doctoral students training and mentoring, and to organize seminars and workshops for the graduate students and faculty of the School of Business, and the faculty of the private universities affiliated with KNUST.
The project involves engaging in collaborative research with the faculty and training and mentoring doctoral students of the School of Business, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. The research collaboration projects with faculty will focus on identifying and writing articles on issues that have potential to improve organizational practices and further address socio-economic needs of Ghana. The fellows will further mentor the faculty on the research process in areas such as the art of writing, ethics in research, theory development, and methodological issues. The training and mentoring of doctoral students will involve organizing workshops and seminars in relevant theories of several areas of business. The goal of the project is to enhance the knowledge-base and research capabilities of both the faculty and the doctoral students. The anticipated impact of the project is to increase the quality and productivity of the research activities of the faculty that would lead to publications in high impact journals. Moreover, the project will lead to improvements in capacity building in business in the country by developing high-performing doctoral scholars who can also teach in the 52 private universities affiliated to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Professor Acquaah’s project is part of a broader initiative that will pair 55 CADFP scholars with one of 43 higher education institutions and collaborators in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda to work together on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training, and mentoring activities in the coming months. The visiting Fellows will work with their hosts on a wide range of projects that include controlling malaria, strengthening peace and conflict studies, developing a new master’s degree in emergency medicine, training and mentoring graduate students in criminal justice, archiving African indigenous knowledge, creating low cost water treatment technologies, building capacity in microbiology and pathogen genomics, and developing a forensic accounting curriculum. To deepen the ties among the faculty members and between their home and host institutions, the program is providing support to several program alumni to enable them to build on successful collaborative projects they conducted in previous years.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its fifth year, is designed to increase Africa’s brain circulation, build capacity at the host institutions, and 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 United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya, which coordinates the activities of the Advisory Council. A total of 335 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 (individually or in small groups) and cover the expenses for project visits of between 21 and 90 days, including transportation, a daily stipend, and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance.