University Administration Support Program (UASP)

University Administration Support Program (UASP)


The UASP Fellowships in Research Management support the development of university research management and knowledge transfer capacity through a six-week fellowship in the United States for mid- to senior-level university leaders.

Two weeks of training in Washington, DC, a virtual learning environment, and a four-week placement at a respected U.S. university support participants to build their universities into leading research institutions that impact their communities. Following the placement, fellows are supported to implement reforms in their home institution.


  • The fellowship aims to equip the new generation of university leaders across Africa and Eurasia with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to strengthen and improve institutional management of research and knowledge transfer and be catalysts of change.
  • UASP fellows will understand international trends and best practices, actively disseminate their knowledge within and beyond their institutions, and apply their ideas, skills and networks gained through the fellowship to drive improvement to their institution’s performance.

Project Activities

  • Human and institutional development: Following intensive training in Washington, DC, and a placement at a U.S. university, UASP alumni create their own Implementation Plan with a view to implementing research management best practices at their home institutions. UASP provides coaching, technical assistance, and opportunities for seed funding for reform projects at participants’ home universities.
  • Sustainable partnerships: UASP fellows, their U.S. counterparts, and their institutions create collaborative partnerships that result in new ventures such as administrator and faculty exchanges, joint research papers, and the organization of international conferences.
It was a big eye-opener.... The practical training we received has given us experience, confidence, and we are now able to come up with innovative activities. Felicia Takramah, University of Education-Winneba

Quick Facts

  • Between 2001 and 2019, UASP supported 214 fellows from 18 countries across Eurasia and Africa.
  • More than 80 leading universities across the U.S. have hosted UASP fellows.
  • More than 84% of fellows implement reform projects at their home universities and 72% have driven sustainable institutional change as a result of their participation
  • Reform projects have included establishing offices of sponsored research, creating technology transfer centers, developing research ethics policies, and launching courses and training on research methods, proposal writing, and grants management.
  • More than 68% of UASP alumni maintain the professional networks they developed through UASP, some for over a decade.
  • More than 33% of alumni established formal collaborations between their home universities and US host universities.



Carnegie Corporation of New York

African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)



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