University Administration Support Program (UASP)

University Administration Support Program (UASP)


The University Administration Support Program (UASP) Fellowship in Research Management supports the development of university research management and knowledge transfer capacity through a competitive, three stage program. The program consists of a 70-hour, three-month online Research Management & Learning course; a three-week virtual fellowship placement with a U.S. university; and a five-week in-person fellowship at a U.S. university along with an additional week of intensive research management training for the most engaged participants. 

Participation in each stage of UASP is competitive and based on engagement and performance metrics. The program is targeted at mid- to senior-level university leaders who are able to affect change in their institutions. The fellowship's activities are designed to support participants in building their universities into leading research institutions that impact their communities and beyond.

Following participation, fellows are supported to implement reforms at their home institutions and integrated into the growing UASP alumni and research expert network.

Research Management Fellowship

Research Management Fellowship: We are currently accepting applications for up to 50 competitively awarded fellowships for the online, 70-hour Research Management & Leadership Course. 


  • The fellowship aims to equip a new generation of university leaders across Africa 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 better 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 2002 and 2022, UASP has supported 259 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 U.S. host universities.



Carnegie Corporation of New York

African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)