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2017/2018 MIT Empowering the Teachers Programme for Africans

About 2017/2018 MIT Empowering the Teachers Programme for Africans

Application is currently ongoing for the 2017/2018 MIT Empowering the Teachers Programme for Africans.

2017/2018 MIT Empowering the Teachers Programme for Africans

The Empowering the Teachers (ETT) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) strives to foster innovation in science and engineering education in tertiary academic institutions in Africa through an intense engagement with faculty members from African universities.

MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) is a teaching-focused fellowship, offered by MIT-AFRICA together with its corporate partner NNPC/Total E& P Nigeria Ltd. MIT-ETT enables Nigerian faculty in science and engineering to experience a semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Selected fellows will observe instruction in their disciplines and work as a group under the guidance of MIT faculty member, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande to prepare innovative curricula and approaches to teaching that can be introduced into their home universities on their return.

Application Deadline

Thursday, December 1, 2016 8pm EST.


  • MIT-Empowering the Teachers will cover the travel, living and instructional materials expenses of the participants. The home universities of the successful applicants will commit to provide paid leaves of absence during the period of the MIT program.
  • The faculty selected to participate in the MIT-ETT program will spend a full semester at MIT observing classes similar to ones they themselves currently teach. They will work on new curricular materials and teaching approaches for adoption in their own classes.
  • During their stay at MIT, they will participate regularly in at least two MIT subjects (including lectures, recitations and tutorials) that correspond to courses the faculty members teach at their home universities.
  • They will attend twice-weekly MIT-Empowering the Teachers Seminar meetings, one which will focus on curriculum review and development led by Professor Akinwande.

Eligibility Criteria

MIT-ETT welcomes applications from all qualified faculty who are:

  • interested in developing new curriculum and teaching methods and consider themselves to be change-agents;
  • a faculty member holding a PhD and teach in a department corresponding to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering at a university in Nigeria;
  • Lecturer One rank. Applications will be thoroughly vetted.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the following program application; then send a) this completed application; b) a copy of your current curriculum vitae (please include which coding languages you know); c) a copy of 1 research paper and 1 conference paper that best represents your work/your areas of interest as ONE PDF attachment in ONE email to: mit-ett@mit.edu

Click here to download application form


Candidates will be interviewed in Abuja by MIT faculty and representatives from NNPC/Total E & P during the last week of January 2017. If selected for interviews, you will be notified of your date and time in early January 2017. Please send any questions to: mit-ett@mit.edu


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