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MIT Africa Empowering the Teachers Fellowship Program 2025/2026

The MIT-Empowering the Teachers Program (MIT-ETT) is a semester-long fellowship for engineering professors who are currently teaching at Nigerian universities and have recently completed their Ph.D.

The MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) program offers a semester-long teaching experience for selected African faculty members (ETT Fellows). By exposing ETT Fellows to cutting-edge student-focused teaching methodologies, the ETT hopes to foster innovation in science and engineering education in Africa’s tertiary academic institutions.

The overarching goal of MIT-ETT is to facilitate the development of young African faculty leadership in science and engineering education who will introduce innovation and creativity into science and engineering curricular.

There are two main objectives of the MIT-ETT program: to provide young African professors with exposure to cutting-edge pedagogical methods in the highest-rated engineering and science departments in the U.S. and to provide American faculty who have a deep interest in connecting with those in their disciplines in emerging economies a concrete means of engagement.

Program objectives:

  1. Expose junior African professors to MIT’s advanced, problem-solving pedagogical methods
  2. Encourage the ETT fellows to become change-agents
  3. Allow the ETT fellows to expand their professional network, including MIT faculty with a deep interest in emerging economies.

During their semester at MIT, the ETT fellows:

  • Observe at least 2 MIT courses in their own disciplines
  • Take a curriculum design course and implement research-based instructional design principles in their courses
  • Discuss & explore curricular enrichment & reform through both formal and informal interaction with the MIT community
  • Participate in numerous activities to develop critical change-agent skills. These skills include entrepreneurship, effective communication, experiential learning, reflection, collaboration, systems thinking and perseverance.

DeadlineMay 26, 2024.

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