University of Wisconsin–Madison

Grants, Fellowships and Awards

For All Students:

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are administered by the African Studies Program for graduate and undergraduates to study African languages. Funded by the United States Department of Education, the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships are intended to develop a cadre of linguistically competent specialists in the study of Africa in a range of disciplines. FLAS fellowships cover tuition and provide a stipend for the academic year or summer. Deadline: Feb. 11, 2019. Learn more>

For Undergraduate Students:

African Studies Undergraduate Internship Awards provide a $750 stipend from the African Studies Program in addition to a $500 stipend from the International Internship Program (IIP) for undergraduate students who apply and are accepted for internships at one of four IIP approved organizations in Africa. Deadline: coming soon! Learn more>

For Graduate Students:

African Studies Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Awards support UW-Madison graduate students working on a master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation pertaining to Africa. Students may propose library or field research (preliminary or otherwise) related to their thesis or dissertation during summer 2018. Deadline: Feb. 18, 2019. Learn more>

IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Awards support UW-Madison graduate students planning to conduct 6-8 weeks of summer fieldwork outside of the United States. Any continuing graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may apply for these awards. Deadline: Feb. 18, 2019.  Learn more>

The Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship Program offers International Pre-Dissertation Fellowships to support overseas travel to potential field research sites for doctoral students and the SKJ International Internship Fellowships to support graduate students (working towards a doctorate) interested in undertaking practitioner internships. Deadline: Feb. 18, 2019. Learn more>

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education. It provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Learn more>

The African Studies Jordan Prize is awarded annually to a UW-Madison graduate student for the year’s best paper on Africa. To be considered for the prize, a paper must be nominated and submitted to the African Studies Program by a UW-Madison faculty member. Deadline: June 1, 2018. Learn more>


For Faculty and Staff:

NEW in 2018! Nominate an Africa at Noon Speaker African Studies is now accepting nominations from faculty affiliates for the Fall 2018 seminar series. The African Studies Steering Committee will review and select speakers. Visiting speakers will receive a $500 honorarium, 1X DOMESTIC round-trip ticket, and 2X nights of accommodation arranged by the African Studies Program. Faculty hosts are responsible for introducing the speaker, assisting with publicity for the talk, organizing additional activities for the visitor, and sponsoring hosted meals, if applicable. The African Studies Program cannot support the costs of hosted meals associated with these visits. Co-sponsorship by other campus units is strongly encouraged, but not required. Deadline to submit a nomination for the Fall 2018 seminar series is March 15th, 2018. Learn more> 

At this time, African Studies does not anticipate offering Travel Awards or International Collaborator Awards in 2018. These programs will resume in 2019, pending the availability of federal funds.

African Studies Faculty Travel Awards are available to support UW-Madison faculty research projects. Awards are intended for summer travel between May-September. Learn more>

African Studies International Collaborator Travel Awards are available for faculty, academic staff, and scientists to bring international collaborators to UW-Madison for short-term visits. The purpose of this award is to enable members of our campus community to deepen connections with scholars from Africa. Learn more>