Programme outline

THE UASP (University Administration Support Program) Fellowship in Research Management develops higher education research management capacity in Africa and Eurasia through a six-week fellowship in the United States. The Fellowship includes two weeks of training in Washington, DC, a four-week placement at a United States university, and opportunities for post-program small grants and engagement. The UASP supports up to 32 mid- to senior-level research managers to build their universities into leading research institutions.

Who can apply?

  • • Be a citizen of South Africa at the time of application and participation;
  • • Be proficient in writing, reading, and speaking English;
  • • Be able to receive and maintain a J-1 visa;
  • • Be available to participate in fellowships in the United States for approximately six weeks during autumn 2018 or winter 2019;
  • • Be committed to producing an implementation plan or comparative case study on a topic of research management while in the United States;
  • • Hold a full-time position focusing on research management at an eligible university with sufficient seniority to be an agent for change (capacity to introduce reforms following program participation).
  • • Be employed by an institution in the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). ARUA will For more information on eligibility and selection please visit the UASP website.

Sample Fellowship Focus Areas

  • •Institutional research strategy
  • •Incentivizing research
  • •Must have a Master's degree if applying for a Doctoral degree
  • •Winning and managing research funding
  • • Enhancing reputation and visibility
  • • Publication
  • •Research ethics and integrity
  • • Researcher development, career support
  • • Research methods training
  • •Postgraduate research programs
  • •Technology transfer
  • •Research commercialization
  • •Institutional data, reporting, and audits

What the scholarship offers

  • • Roundtrip airfare
  • •Visa fees
  • • Accident and sickness insurance
  • •Winning and managing research funding
  • • Housing, $50 daily allowance (meals and incidentals)
  • • $600 professional development allowance (for educational materials, conferences, and memberships in US professional associations)

Application process

Applications should be submitted online on the Application Platform. If technology barriers prevent you from completing the application online, please contact to request a paper version of the application to be sent to you by e-mail.

Important dates:
  • • April 15, 2018: Application deadline
  • • April–May 2018: Application review, selection, and notification of awards
  • • September 24–November 2, 2018: Cohort I Fellowship in the United States
  • • January 28–March 8, 2019: Cohort II Fellowship in the United States


Applications are due on 15 April 15 2018 at 23:59 East Time (06:59 on 16 April 2018, South African Time). No applications after the deadline will be considered.


For enquiries and questions about the fellowship opportunity or application submission, please contact UASP program staff directly at .

Documents and links

UASP website
Application Platform


Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.