NEW in 2022! Tejumola Olaniyan International Student Travel Award


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 and a project proposal C.V./resume as a single PDF via the online application portal. The application also requires a timeline and budget for the proposed work. View application>>

Students should seek input and review 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 Thursday, March 10 at 11:59pm.

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Applications will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary faculty committee and all award decisions will be returned by April 5th.

About the Advisor Approval Form

This brief online form replaces the need for a formal letter of recommendation and should take no more than 5  minutes to complete. The Advisor Approval form 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 the accompanying recommendation letters; and
  • To reduce administrative burdens on our community.

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.

Tejumola Olaniyan International Student Travel Award directly support international graduate students’ research, archival work, and/or creative or artistic endeavors.

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