Funding Opportunity: University Administration Support Program (Carnegie Corp. of NY)

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2016

University Administration Support Program (UASP)

IREX is currently accepting applications from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Moldova, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ukraine. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2016.

UASP Application Form for University Applicants
UASP Application Form for Ministry/Higher Education Authority Applicants
UASP Application Instructions

With primary support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, IREX has designed the current round of the University Administration Support Program (UASP) to contribute to improving the research capacity of Public Universities in a selected number of universities in the following countries: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Moldova, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ukraine.

Program elements include:

1. Fellowships in University Administration. IREX provides competitively awarded short-term fellowships for mid- and senior-level university administrators and ministry representatives to spend approximately seven weeks in the US Four of these are with counterparts at respected US public universities to analyze and to observe operations in their assigned US administrative offices, as well as other host university divisions. This is bookended by three weeks of intensive training and facilitated reflection in Washington, DC. While in the US, fellows are required to prepare a Research Administration Comparison Study on a research administration issue in a particular area. The studies are then published on the IREX website.

2. Grants and Alumni Engagement. Fellows in university research administration will be eligible to compete for grants to support follow on activity, to attend relevant national and international conferences or to provide a research grant to a faculty member from their home institution.


Applicants must:

• Be a citizen of and reside in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Moldova, Nigeria, South Africa, and Ukraine at the time of application and participation in the program;
• Submit a completed online application with all required documents by the application deadline;
• Have a level of proficiency in written and spoken English sufficient to work independently in the United States and engage colleagues;
• Be able to receive and maintain a J-1 visa;
• Be able to participate in fellowships for approximately eight weeks in Fall 2016 (September-October) or Winter 2017 (January-February);
• Be committed to producing a comparative case study on a topic of university research administration while in the United States; and
• Hold a full-time position with the title of Vice-Rector, Vice-Chancellor, Dean, Vice-Dean, Department Chair, or equivalent at one of the eligible universities or working in an equivalent management position focusing on higher education and/or research reform in the Ministry of Education or national higher education authority.

Eligible Universities: 


Armenian State Pedagogical University
Gavar State University
Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute after Nalbandyan
Vanadzor State Pedagogical Institute after Tumanyan
Yerevan State Linguistic University after Bryusov
Yerevan State University


European Humanities University


Akaki Tsereteli State University Gori University
Ilia State University
Sokhumi University
Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University
Telavi Iakob Gogebashvili State University


University of Ghana at Legon
University of Education, Winneba


University of Nairobi


University of Lagos
University of Ibadan


Moldova State University
Technical University of Moldova
Chisinau “Ion Creangă” State Pedagogical University
Comrat State University
Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu State University
“Nicolae Testemitanu” State University of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Republic of Moldova
Agriculture State University of Moldova
Alecu Russo State University of Balti
Moldova Institute of International Relations (IRIM)


Kharkiv National University
Ternopil National Pedagogical University
Zaporizhzhia National University
Horlivka State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages
Kherson State University
Kremenchuk State University
Kirovohrad State Pedagogical University
Sevastopol Technical University
South Ukrainian Pedagogical University named after Ushynskyi
Kyiv National University
Kyiv Mohyla Academy
Lviv National University
Uzhhorod National University
Volodymyr Dahl East Ukraine National University

South Africa 

University of Pretoria
University of Cape Town
University of the Witwatersrand
University of Stellenbosch
Rhodes University
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Applications not meeting the above eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee.

      • Current IREX employees and consultants and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings) are not eligible to compete in any IREX-administered grant programs, either as individuals or as the responsible party representing an institutional applicant.