MIT Africa Empowering the Teachers Fellowship Programme 2019/2020 (Fully Funded to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),USA)

Application Deadline: Saturday, November 18, 2018 8pm EST

The MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) program at MIT strives to foster innovation in science and engineering education in tertiary academic institutions in Africa through an intense engagement with faculty members from African universities.

The overarching goal of MIT-ETT is to facilitate the development of young African faculty leadership in science and engineering education who will introduce innovation and creativity into science and engineering curricular. There are two main objectives of the MIT-ETT program: to provide young African professors with exposure to cutting-edge pedagogical methods in the highest-rated engineering and science departments in the U.S. and to provide American faculty who have a deep interest in connecting with those in their disciplines in emerging economies a concrete means of engagement.

During their semester at MIT, Fellows do the following:

  • observe instruction in their own disciplines & subjects
  • interact with MIT faculty teaching in their own disciplines & subjects
  • develop courses based on problem-solving approach inspired by equivalent course at MIT
  • discuss & explore curricular enrichment & reform through both formal and informal interaction with the MIT community

The ultimate goal is to reform their current curricular using new materials, approaches and methods that exemplify the best of MIT’s practices: problem-solving, student-centered, innovation and bringing knowledge to bear on the world’s greatest challenges.


  • Selected fellows will observe instruction in their disciplines and work as a group to prepare innovative curricula and approaches to teaching that can be introduced into their home universities on their return.
  • MIT-Empowering the Teachers will cover the travel, living and instructional materials expenses of the participants. The home universities of the successful applicants will commit to provide paid leaves of absence during the period of the MIT program.
  • They will attend twice-weekly MIT-Empowering the Teachers Seminar meetings, one which will focus on curriculum review and development led by Professor Akinwande.

Eligibility Requirements:

MIT-ETT welcomes applications from all qualified faculty who are:

1) interested in developing new curriculum and teaching methods and consider themselves to be change-agents;

2) a faculty member holding a PhD and teach in a department corresponding to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering at a university in Nigeria;

3) Lecturer One rank. Applications will be thoroughly vetted.

Program Application Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

To apply, please complete the Program Application Form below, then send:

  1. a) the completed application form;
  2. b) a copy of your current curriculum vitae (please include which coding languages you know);
  3. c) a copy of 1 research paper and 1 conference paper that best represents your work/your areas of interest

Please send (a), (b), and (c) as ONE [non-secured] PDF attachment in ONE email to: [email protected]

Apply Now for the MIT Africa Empowering the Teachers Fellowship Programme 2019/2020

For More Information:

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