African Studies Funding for Traveling, Dissertation Writing, and Creative Pursuits

African Studies is excited to announce a number of funding opportunities. Five awards require unique applications and have varied deadlines; four awards use a common African Studies application and are due on March 10th. There is support available for travel, writing, and creative/artistic endeavors. We know international research is increasingly expensive; students may apply for and receive multiple awards.

We are extremely grateful to the family of Tejumola Olaniyan and to the family and friends of M. Crawford Young for creating two new opportunities for our students. What a fitting tribute to the legacies of these great scholars and mentors! Good luck!


Foreign Language and Area Studies Awards | Grad + undergrad | Due Mon, Feb 14, 11:59 PM CST

Support to study an African language. Summer and academic year options. Read more…

M. Crawford Young Award ($1600) | Grad students | Due Tue, Feb 22, 11:59 PM CST

Support to carry out research and writing on African politics. Read more…

IRIS Fieldwork Awards ($3000) | Grad Students | Due Mon, Feb 21, 10am CST

Support to conduct a minimum of 6 weeks of summer fieldwork outside of the U.S. Read more…

Scott Kloeck Jenson Fellowship (amounts vary, ~$4500) | Grad Students | Due Mon, Feb 21, 10am CST

The SKJ Pre-Dissertation Travel Fellowships to support overseas research travel for doctoral students and the SKJ International Internship Fellowships to support students undertaking practitioner internships. Read more…

Ibrahim Hussein Fellowship ($7500) | Grad Students |Due Fri, Mar 11, 5pm CST

Support to conduct research on African expressive cultures. Read more…


The following competitions utilize a common application.

View common application and instructions here.

View advisor approval form (netID required) here.

 African Studies Research Award ($4000) | Grad students

Support for 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 writing. Read more…

Tejumola Olaniyan Award ($4000) | Grad students

Support for travel for international graduate students engaged in the study Global Black Cultures to conduct research, archival work, and/or creative/artistic endeavors. Read more…

William Allen Brown Award ($4000) | Grad students

Support for research on Islam or West African history. Funds may be used for travel, archival work, or as direct support for writing. Read more…

Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship (varies by project; typically ~$5000) | Grad + undergrad

Support for students to pursue independent reporting projects. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the virtual information session with representatives from the Pulitzer Center on Friday, February 18th from 12-1pm CST. Register for the info session here.

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To see all of our Fellowship and Grant offerings, click here.