University of Wisconsin–Madison

African Studies International Collaborator Travel Awards


Faculty, academic staff, and scientists may apply to African Studies for up to $5000 to bring international collaborators to UW-Madison for short-term visits. The purpose of this award is to enable members of our campus community to deepen connections with scholars from Africa.


UW-Madison faculty, academic staff, and staff scientists may apply to host a scholar. The host or visiting scholar should present on the collaboration in an Africa at Noon seminar during the visit or within one year after the visit.

Award Details

Awards will be a maximum of $5000. Travel must be completed between Jun 1-Dec 31.

The host scholar is responsible for securing local housing and arranging any local transportation for the visiting scholar. African Studies can work with the host scholar to secure an Z90NN Honorary Associate/Honorary Fellow zero-dollar appointment for the visiting scholar, which is a necessary first step in securing a J-1 visa. This appointment will give the visiting scholar access to campus libraries and other resources. African Studies will book the airfare of the visiting scholar directly and will make the balance of the award available. African Studies can assist the host scholar with publicity for events or activities related to the visit, as needed.

Application Deadline

At this time, African Studies does not anticipate offering Travel Awards or International Collaborator Awards in 2018. These programs will resume in 2019, pending the availability of federal funds.

Application Procedure

Please send the following as a single PDF to

  1. The CVs of both the host and visiting scholar
  2. A proposed itinerary and budget, noting any other financial support available to support the visit
  3. A two-page description of the scholarly collaborative venture. Indicate why a visit to Madison is essential to advance the proposed work. Please articulate how the collaboration relates to the research interests of both the host and visiting scholar, and include a statement about the expected outcomes associated with the visit. List the names and affiliations of other co-hosts and be sure to note any proposed events, lectures, or trainings the scholar will lead or participate in while on campus. In addition to the scholarly endeavor, note any educational value for undergraduate or graduate students that will be advanced by this visit.

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