Carnegie Corporation of New York, which Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919) established in 1911 "to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding," is one of the oldest and most influential of American grant making foundations.
The Corporation has devoted unremitting effort toward the two issues Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace and the advancement of education and knowledge. While these remain areas in need of great attention through our nation and the world, we have maintained a long tradition of striving to meet the challenges that are with us and responding to the constant ebb and flow of issues and ideas.
Higher Education and Research in Africa programme
Africa's institutions of higher learning and academic communities are key to reaching the continent's potential. The Carnegie Corporation aims to enhance training, research, and retention of academics in select countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
Work in M.A. and Ph.D. Programs
Since 2009, the Corporation has worked to create and expand postgraduate training, research, and lecturer retention programs at four anchor universities in three countries. Targeting academics already in the higher education sector, but lacking advanced degrees, the programs have been designed to enable academics to complete their degrees, thereby helping meet the growing demand in Africa for qualified and highly trained university faculty. The investments have made progress in the areas of recruitment, retention, and quality of academic output.
Academic Networks and Fellowships
Recognizing that disciplinary networks and fellowships are important vehicles for advancing academic careers and creating intellectual communities, support for both has been part of HERA's strategy. Three network initiatives, three fellowship programs, and two "hybrid" programs that combine networks and fellowships have given postgraduate training, research, and publication opportunities to hundreds of African academics.
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