Spend your summer learning with African Studies

Although the frigid weather makes summer feel an eternity away, it’s time to start planning for the warmer months. The African Studies Program has a multitude of ways to take your study of Africa to the next level this summer. The best part? We can even help you fund your international adventure.

Coffee production in Kapchorwa district, Uganda (photo by Kyra Fox)

Hone your skills with an internship:

Looking to gain some real-world experience in your field? In partnership with the International Internship Program (IIP), the African Studies Program is offering several undergraduate summer internships across the continent. Anyone who is accepted to one of these internships will receive a stipend from the African Studies Program and IIP. Study coffee production and marketing in Uganda, or coordinate farm to market projects in South Africa. Visit our internship awards page for more details on the wide variety of opportunities, and stop by our info session to get your questions answered!

Master an African language:

Interested in an African language, but don’t know where to begin? Check out the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. FLAS fellowships cover tuition and provide a stipend for summer or academic year language programs domestically or abroad. Programs are available in Arabic, Hausa, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu, or students can arrange a directed study if their desired language is not offered.

A student on the archaeology field school program in Swartkrans, South Africa (photo courtesy of IAP)

Study abroad:

Whether you’re a graduate or undergraduate student, studying abroad in Africa is not far from reach. International Academic Programs (IAP) is offering several dynamic programs in Africa this summer. Spend the summer in Swartkrans, South Africa at one of the world’s most important archaeological sites for the study of human evolution. Or if you’re a graduate student, join professor Margaret Hawkins for three weeks in Uganda studying qualitative research approaches while exploring global education. Find more summer study abroad opportunities in Africa with IAP’s database.


Conduct your own research:

Flights across the Atlantic aren’t cheap. If you are in search of funding for your research project in Africa, check out the fieldwork awards from the African Studies Program and the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS). Funding exists for library or field research.

See a complete list of all grants, fellowships, and awards offered by the African Studies Program.