Kumasi, May 15, 2016 –Tina Abrefa-Gyan from [Norfolk University] was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Ghana to work with Garden City University and Ramatu Agambire on curriculum development for Social Work and collaborative research on HIV/AIDS.


The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship project will focus on collaborative research on HIV/AIDS and carry out field investigation of the critical role of interdisciplinary collaboration between health and social sciences faculty (thus between the fellow and Ms. Ramatu Agambire, a PhD candidate and Faculty Member of the Department of Nursing at Garden City University College) to enhance effective patient caregiving, multidisciplinary research on combating malnutrition, child/maternal health issues, and health disparities among people living with chronic and terminal diseases will be assessed.

developing a curriculum for Social Work that will lead to the introduction of a new program in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Garden City University College. While at Garden City University College, Dr. Tina Abrefa-Gyan,  the Carnegie Fellow, will engage in with.

The Garden City University College project is one of 57 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions in Africa to collaborate on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities.  Tina Abrefa-Gyana is one of 59 African Diaspora scholars who have been awarded fellowships to travel to Africa beginning in May 2016 to conduct a wide range of projects across disciplines, from agroforestry to e-learning modules for nursing, and from ethnomusicology to military mental health. The program has now selected and approved a total of 169 Fellows since its inception in 2013.

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship program facilitates engagement between scholars born in Africa who are now based in the United States or Canada and scholars in Africa on mutually beneficial academic activities.  The Advisory Council selected forty-one African universities to host the Fellows, based on collaborative project proposals submitted by faculty members and administrators at the African universities, to meet specific needs at their universities. This innovative program is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United State International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, through Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, who chairs the Advisory Council, and is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

About the Fellows and Hosts

Public and private higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda were eligible to submit project requests to host a scholar for 14 to 90 days; prospective hosts were invited but not required to name a proposed scholar in their project requests. Scholars born in Africa who live in the United States or Canada and work in an accredited college or university in either of those two countries were eligible to apply to be on a roster of available candidates. IIE maintains a scholar roster to facilitate matches, according to the discipline specializations, expertise, activities and objectives described in a project request. The Fellowship for the project visit includes a daily stipend, transportation and visa funds and health insurance coverage.