IIE Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program (ADSP) 2023

Deadline: June 30, 2023.

IIE Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program (ADSP) 2023

Applications are now open for the Institute of Institute of International Education (IIE) Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program (ADSP).

The Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program offers a unique opportunity for a diverse set of qualified academics to advance scholarship in Ethiopia as full-time teaching faculty members at Ethiopian institutions of higher education. The aim of the program is to strengthen Ethiopian universities’ capacity to teach and manage undergraduate and graduate programs and enhance research capacity within Ethiopian universities. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia.

The application deadline is June 30, 2023. The program will commence in October 2023, and Scholars will remain in Ethiopia through July 2024.


Candidates for the Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars Program will be academics with a terminal degree in any stage of their career, including postdoctoral candidates and professors emeriti.

Eligibility requirements are below:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including a master’s degree, depending on the discipline) by the start of the program
  • Participants should represent the diversity of the United States, encompassing but not limited to ethnicity, race, sex, and age.
  • Preference will be given to Scholars who have current U.S. university affiliations.

Program Benefits

The Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars will receive the following incentives:

Program benefits includes a monthly stipend and in-country advising from the IIE Ethiopia office as well as support from the universities, and the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia.

Support from the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section

  • Salary ranging from $1,700 to $2,700 monthly, depending on candidate qualifications

Support from the Host Institution

  • Position as full-time teaching faculty at the host institutions: Addis Ababa Science and Technology University, Adama Science and Technology University, Arba Minch University, Bahir Dar University, Debre Markos University, Dire Dawa University,  Gondar University
  • Roundtrip international airfare for Scholar and one dependent
  • Monthly housing allowance of $275 USD
  • Provide proper office space and stationery materials
  • 20 days of sick leave per year
  • Assistance with identifying housing
  • Assistance with local banking
  • Assistance with work permit
  • If scholars bring a minor as their one allowed accompanying dependent, the program can provide a letter of support for admission to local schools.  Note that local schooling options are very limited in all participating locations.

Support from IIE

  • Medical insurance
  • Visa and vaccination coverage
  • In-country advising and support from IIE Ethiopia office, to include periodic check-ins
  • Pre-departure Orientation conducted by IIE
  • In-country Orientation Workshop conducted by IIE and held either at IIE Ethiopia or U.S. Embassy

Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars are responsible for determining their U.S. tax liability in relation to salary and allowances earned while in Ethiopia.

How to Apply

The application period for the fourth cohort of Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholars is now open.  The deadline is June 30, 2023. Grants are offered for one academic year (October 2023 to July 2024).

A complete application will include:

  • Completed online application form
  • Statement of Purpose Essay of up to 5 pages
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) of up to 6 pages
  • Academic writing sample of recently published or written work
  • A list of three references

Note that the Statement of Purpose Essay, CV, Writing Sample and Reference List should be sent via email to ADScholars@iie.org.

Only applications completed by the deadline will be reviewed. Falsifying or plagiarizing any portion of your application is grounds for automatic disqualification.

Note that preferences for particular university placements should not be indicated.

Applications are reviewed holistically, with consideration of the following:

  1. Professional qualifications, including training, credentials, publications, and awards.
  2. Teaching and research experience, including match of academic expertise with areas of specialization desired by the host institutions.
  3. Ability to represent the United States and the best of American higher education through collaboration with and knowledge sharing at the host university.
  4. Diversity of background and experience to represent the varied array of the American population.

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