Tejumola Olaniyan International Student Travel Award

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Submit advisor approval form

Applications and advisor approval forms are due Wed, Feb 14 at 11:59 PM CST.

This award is intended to support travel for international students engaged in the study Global Black Cultures. The award is intended to support domestic or international travel by the student to conduct research, archival work, and/or creative or artistic endeavors.

International graduate students in good standing from any department or program who are engaged in the study of Global Black Cultures are eligible to apply. Students must hold a F, J, or M visas (U.S. citizens and permanent residents are ineligible).

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 will 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 will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary faculty committee and award decisions will be returned by April 1.

Reports from 2022 class:

Michael Oshindoro

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.
  • 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.

About Tejumola Olaniyan
Tejumola Olaniyan (1959-2019) was the Louise Durham Mead Professor of English and African Cultural Studies, and the Wole Soyinka Professor of the Humanities. Professor Olaniyan was an internationally-recognized scholar of African, African American, and Caribbean literatures, post-colonial studies, genre studies and popular culture studies, whose distinguished body of work serves as a foundation for other scholars around the world in Global Black Cultural Studies. Professor Olaniyan was also known for his dedication to  mentoring students.

Upon Prof. Olaniyan’s passing in 2019, family, friends, and colleagues created a memorial foundation to celebrate his legacy. Professor Olaniyan’s wife, Mojisola Olaniyan, and his daughters Bolajoko and Olabimpe, established this fund to support students working in the field of Global Black Cultural Studies. The Tejumola Olaniyan International Student Travel Award directly supports international graduate students’ research, archival work, and/or creative or artistic endeavors.

Extend the impact of this generous gift. Consider making a donations to the UW Foundation Tejumola Olaniyan International Student Travel Award Fund – 132500021

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