Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the Africa Initiative is proud to co-sponsor the Duke-Makere Biomedical Engineering Partnership, a joint operation between Duke University and Makere University in Kampala, Uganda. This project will bring graduate students in the biomedical engineering program at Makere University to Duke to further their studies. For more information on the program, please visit the Duke-MUK Partnership Website.

History of Africa Initiative Visiting Scholars Program

In the first year (2012-2013) of the Duke University Africa Initiative (AI), the steering committee launched a program aimed at bringing masters and doctoral level students from across the African continent to Durham to partake in meaningful academic engagement with Duke University faculty and students. The  fellowship expenses were to be paid in full and have been made possible through funds appropriated to the AI and the Office of the Provost. From April 1 until May 31, 2013, the AI administratively supported the travel, logistical, and academic arrangements for three international visitors from Zimbabwe (2) and Madagascar, and matched them with faculty mentors from the Nicholas School of the Environment, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Duke Lemur Center respectively.

During their time at Duke, these scholars had the opportunity to liaise with several departments and offices within Duke University including the AI, the Office of Global Strategy and Programs (OGSP) and their specific sponsoring department. In addition to time spent with your faculty affiliation, they have access to countless resources in the Duke University libraries, and are able to attend lectures on campus, participate in graduate seminars and to present their research to the Duke community.

For the first round of this program, the AI steering committee partnered with the Science Initiative Group (SIG) at the Institute for Advanced Study, and agreed to host one of the alumni of SIG’s Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) here at Duke. Sithabile Tirivarombo — a recent PhD graduate from Rhodes University in South Africa — was financially supported by the RISE program and has been engaging in academic exchange with the Nicholas School of the Environment while in Durham. Additionally, the AI sought to reinforce existing partnerships on the Africa continent by hosting two scholars associated with Duke-collaborative institutions. Lanto Andrianandrasana has been working at the Duke Lemur Center field-site in Sambava, Madagascar, and the AI has sponsored him to work with his colleagues here in Durham. Oliver Nyambi is finishing up his PhD at the Graduate School at Stellenbosch University, and while at Duke, he is affiliated with the Franklin Humanities Institute. Now in it’s second year of the program, the AI is currently hosting another RISE alumni, Justin Jacob Omolo, who will work with various units and departments across Duke networking with various faculty who research health, HIV/AIDS, and traditional medicine. Hienin Ali Diakite is also an Africa Initiative visiting scholar for the 2014 semester. Ali — coming to Duke from Mali by way of the University of Lyon — will be working closely with Bruce Hall in the Department of History.

For more information about the Africa Initiative visiting scholars program, please contact Deirdre White.

Past Africa Initiative Visiting Scholars 

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