Ebrahim Hussein Fellowship


The Ebrahim Hussein Endowment for research in African expressive cultures was established in the College of Letters and Science in 2003 thanks to the generosity of Robert M. Philipson, alumnus of the College of Letters and Science (PhD’89). The College will award up to $7,500 each year to one or more full-time graduate students in L&S to carry out research on African expressive cultures in Africa and/or archives outside of the United States. The research must lead to a PhD dissertation, an MA thesis, or a publishable-quality paper. Doctoral students may receive up to $7500 each; MA level students may receive up to $3750 each.


  • Excellence of research proposal
  • Demonstrated commitment to researching African expressive cultures
  • General academic record
  • Strong recommendations from faculty
  • Timing of the proposed research in relation to degree requirements


Applications for the 2020 year are due by 5pm on 9 March 2020.

To apply, submit all application materials in one PDF to Professor Katrina Daly Thompson by email at katrina.daly.thompson@wisc.edu. Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 5-page research proposal including a budget and timeline
  • Unofficial UW–Madison transcript
  • Names and email addresses of three UW–Madison faculty references