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In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities.
Scholars will teach advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in any discipline offered at a participating host institution and may provide tutorials and student advising. They may also supervise graduate student research and mentor faculty. Conduct research in area of specialization, in addition to teaching responsibilities. Applicants combining teaching and research are advised to plan on an 80:20 teaching-to-research ratio.
Participating public universities:
University of Douala
Professor François Xavier Etoa
University of Ngaoundéré
Prof. Ms. Chinje Uphie Melo
University of Maroua
Professor Idrissou Alioum
University of Yaounde I
Professor Maurice Aurelien Sosso
University of Yaounde II Soa
Professor Adolphe Minkoa She
Participating Private Universities:
Protestant University of Central Africa (UPAC) Yaounde
Rev. Professor Timothy Bouba Mbima
Saint Jerome Catholic University Institute of Douala
Mr. Powohe Emmnuel, General Administrator: email@example.com
PKFokam Institute of Excellence, Cameroon
Centre Pasteur Cameroon Malaria Research Laboratory
Dr. Lawrence Ayong
Applications in all disciplines are accepted. The following fields are of particular interest to Cameroonian universities: agriculture, American history, American literature, anthropology, archaeology, art, biological sciences, business administration, chemistry, communications, computer sciences, economics, education, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, geology, information sciences, journalism, linguistics, mathematics, medical sciences, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology and sociology.
Submitting a letter of invitation from the host institution is not required at the application stage; however, a letter of invitation is required to obtain a visa for Cameroon. Applicants are advised to correspond with potential host institutions to determine if their specializations fits into existing programs, and to obtain a letter of invitation.
Applicants must register qualified language evaluator, such as a language instructor or a translator, to conduct the external assessment in the application. Being a native speaker alone does not qualify an individual to conduct the assessment.
Applicants who are native speakers do not need to complete an external evaluation.
Language requirements vary per institution due to the bilingual nature of Cameroon. All teaching at the Catholic University of Central Africa is in French. In the other universities, professors may teach in English or French, but they need to have a working knowledge of French. Non-native speakers must submit a language proficiency evaluation.
Scholars with a minimum two years postdoctoral university or college teaching experience are preferred.
In Cameroon undergraduate classes are large in public schools (350-3,500 students and more). Advanced and graduate-level classes tend to be smaller (below 350).
Round-trip, economy-class, international travel arranged by travel agent designated by IIE, for scholar and up to two accompanying dependents. A $2,050 allowance will be provided to cover the costs associated with relocation and excess baggage.
$1,000 books and educational materials allowance; should be donated to the host institution (or other entity) upon grantee's departure. (For Teaching and Teaching/Research awards only.) $3,000 research allowance for Research Awards only.
Additional living and housing allowance is provided for grantees with one accompanying dependent or two or more accompanying dependents. These amounts range from $200/month to $500/month.
In addition, travel allowances are provided for up to two dependents.
Dependent education allowance up to $12,500 per child or $25,000 per family for accompanying dependents in grades K-12 is reimbursed for a full academic year, upon submission of receipts, and depending on funding availability. Amount may be adjusted for shorter grant periods. Reimbursement is based on actual cost of tuition and fees only.
Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.
When university housing is provided to Fulbright Scholars, grantees will receive a supplemental housing allowance for refurbishments, utilities, and other miscellaneous expenses that arise. The full housing allowance will not be provided to grantees if they elect to decline on-campus or university housing.
Please refer to the figures above for an estimate of total monthly Fulbright award benefits. Benefits may include a monthly base stipend, living and housing allowances, and additional one-time allowances. Benefits may vary based on a scholar's current academic rank (or professional equivalent), the city of placement, the type of award (teaching, teaching/research, or research), and the number of and duration of stay of accompanying dependents. Research-only or Professional Project grantees receive a standard stipend that is not adjusted for academic rank. In most cases, dependent benefits will not be provided to Flex grantees, or to grantees pursuing grants less than four months (or a semester) in length.
Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State reserves the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.
In Cameroon, undergraduate classes are large (350-3,500+ students) in public schools but advanced and graduate classes are smaller (less than 350). The academic year runs from October through July. There are two semesters: October-January and February-June.
Cameroon has an official bilingual policy. However, French speakers outnumber English speakers by a 4:1 ratio. Therefore, working knowledge of French is recommended.
There are several international-standard elementary (primary) schools in Yaounde and Douala for dependent children in Pre-K and K-12. Grantees residing outside of these two cities will need to research school options and decide if they are appropriate for their dependents.
Michael Takafor Ndemanu, 2021 Fulbright Scholar - https://www.bsu.edu/news/press-center/archives/2020/8/associate-prof-earns-fulbright-to-help-a-cameroon-university
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