Research travel awards for UW-Madison faculty and staff members

The African Studies Program Planning committee and director Jim Sweet are pleased to announce a one-time program of research travel awards available to UW-Madison faculty and staff members wishing to advance their production of knowledge about Africa during the calendar year, 2013. The awards are made possible by an allocation of funds from the UW-Madison International Institute, with additional support from the African Studies Program’s 2012-13 NRC (Title VI) grant.

Awards may be requested for any amount between $500 and $5,000.


1. Awardees must be faculty or staff members of the UW-Madison pursuing research on Africa or on connections between Africa and other parts of the world.

2. Awards must be used directly to support the recipient’s research, with travel, including travel to Africa or to a library, archive, or community outside of Africa (including the African diaspora), the expected norm. While research costs apart from travel may be supported, award funds may not be used for salaries, assistantships, or hourly wages. Awards will not support travel (to Madison or anywhere) by persons other than the recipient.

3. Award funds not expended during calendar 2013 will revert to African Studies.


1. Priority will be given to proposals that show a high probability of expediting scholarly publications or other original work that advances knowledge of Africa or Africa’s relations with other parts of the world.

2. Priority for at least one award will go to assistant professors.

3. At least one award will target UW-Madison faculty members who are not members of the African Studies Program now, but who wish to begin engaging Africa in their research and might join the African Studies Program later. (ASP members, please pass word of this opportunity to appropriate colleagues.)

Application and Selection

1. To apply, send the following materials to with the subject line, ASP Research Travel Award Application:

(1) A proposal of no more than 2 single-spaced pages outlining the project on which the funds would be used, work accomplished to date (if any), other funding received or anticipated (if any), specific intended uses of ASP funds, and plans for production or publication, including an idea of when the work might come out.

(2) A simple budget (no more than one page) outlining the anticipated costs of each aspect of the project for which you seek funding.

(3) A current, abbreviated CV, no more than 2 pages in length; please do not send a full CV. Each of these three documents should be attached separately to a single email message, with the subject line as described above.

2. The application deadline is 5:00 PM, Monday, February 25th, 2013. We will notify all applicants of results by the first week of March.

3. The African Studies Program Planning Committee (James Sweet, Scott Straus, Aliko Songolo, Nancy Kendall, Mary Hark, Jeremy Foltz) will serve as the selection committee. Planning Committee members are eligible to apply and will recuse themselves if they have a proposal under consideration.