African Studies Program Research Award

This award is intended to support graduate student research or creative/artistic endeavors related to the study of Africa and the diaspora. Funds may be used for domestic or international travel, archival work, or as direct support for thesis or dissertation writing.

Graduate students in good standing from any department or program.

Award Details
Awardees may receive up to $4000. Award recipients must submit a photograph, brief bio, and a brief report on their work within one year of receiving funding. This information may be displayed on our website.

Application Details
Applicants should submit a 1-2 page project proposal, budget, and C.V./resume as a single PDF via the online application portal.

Students should seek input from their advisors prior to submission. The student must list the name and email address of their advisor in their application, and the advisor must submit an approval form before the deadline.

Applications and advisor approval forms are due Monday, February 20th at 11:59 PM CST.

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Applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary faculty committee and award decisions will be returned by March 24, 2023.

About the Advisor Approval Form
This form replaces the need for a formal letter of recommendation and should take no more than 5  minutes to complete and  is designed to achieve three goals:

  • To encourage students to discuss their proposals with their advisors prior to submission;
  • To ensure that student proposals are evaluated on their own merit instead of on the merits of  recommendation letters; and
  • To reduce administrative burdens.

Award Disbursement and Timing
International students with non-resident alien status must be paid through payroll. Taxes will be withheld (~18% withholding rate for most students).

All other students will receive their award via the Bursar’s Office scholarship system. The award will first be applied towards the student’s outstanding balance, if any (for example: unpaid tuition or segregated fees, library fines, etc. Learn more here.). Remaining funds will be disbursed in accordance with the award recipient’s Student Center payment preferences.

Funds will be released within 30 days of award acceptance.