Grants, Fellowships and Awards

For Undergraduate Students:

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Awards are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the African Studies Program to assist students in acquiring African language and area studies competencies.

Applications are due February 15, 2021. Learn More>>


Area and International Studies Undergraduate Paper Awards
Participating area and international studies centers of the Institute for Regional and International Studies are each awarding $1,000 to the best paper/s written by an undergraduate and focused on their respective world regions.

Applications have closed for this year’s awards. Learn More >>


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.

The application has closed for this year’s awards.  Learn more>>


Boren Scholarships ($8,000 – $20,000) fund undergraduate students to study abroad in world regions critical to US interests. Funding can be used to study abroad in Senegal, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ghana, and South Africa. This program was established by the National Security and Education Program and is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Applications have closed for this year’s awards. Learn more>>


Campus Consortium Reporting Fellowships supports students (from any major) in telling stories of importance from around the world through the Pulitzer Center. You can contact Professor Lindsay Palmer for more information. Learn more>>

For Graduate Students:

The Ebrahim Hussein Fellowship for research in African expressive cultures was established in the College of Letters and Science in 2003 thanks to the generosity of Robert M. Philipson, alumnus of the College of Letters and Science (PhD’89). The College will award up to $7500 each year to one or more full-time graduate students in L&S to carry out research on African expressive cultures in Africa and/or archives outside of the United States. The research must lead to a PhD dissertation, an MA thesis, or a publishable-quality paper. Doctoral students may receive up to $7500 each; MA level students may receive up to $3750 each.

Applications for 2021 are due in the Spring. Learn More>>


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Awards are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the African Studies Program to assist students in acquiring African language and area studies competencies.

Applications have closed for this year’s awards. 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.

Applications are due June 1, 2021. 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.

Application dates for this year have not been announced yet. Learn more>


African Studies Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Awards ($3,000) 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 2020

The application deadline has been suspended due to COVID19.


IRIS Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Awards ($3,000)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. Applications have closed for this year’s awards. Learn more>


The Scott Kloeck-Jenson (SKJ) Fellowship Program (min. $3000) 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.

Application have closed for this year’s awards. Learn more>


The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which will award a total of $10,000 twice annually, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study.

Application for Spring 2021 is due by March 25, 2021 and the Summer 2021 application is due by July 27, 2021. Learn More>


Boren Fellowships ($12,000 – $24,000) fund graduate student research and intensive language study ( Swahili, Akan/Twi, Wolof, or Zulu) proposals. This program was established by the National Security and Education Program and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Applications have closed for this year’s awards. Learn more>

For Faculty and Staff:

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers U.S. faculty, administrators, and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars. There will be many awards available to UW-Madison scholars through the 2020-2021 competition.

Deadlines vary, but most are still open. Learn more >>


Support for ASA Registration 2021 is available to any affiliate wishing to attend the 2021 virtual African Studies Association meeting, regardless of if they are presenting.


Support for other conference travel ($500) is allocated for domestic conference travel on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning in December. Applicants must be presenting on a subject related to Africa. Requests are required 45 days in advance of travel. Support is currently suspended due to COVID19.


African Studies Faculty Travel Awards (up to $5,000) support faculty research travel abroad. Support is currently suspended due to COVID19. Learn More>


African Studies Collaborator Awards (up to $5,000) enable ASP affiliates to bring colleagues from abroad to campus for short-term visits during the 2020-21 academic year. Support is currently suspended due to COVID19. Learn More>


The YALI-Mandela Washington Fellows Continuing Connections Travel Awards support collaborative work between Madison-area professionals and UW-Madison YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni. Awards (up to $5,000) are intended to bring YALI-MWF alumni to Madison or to send Madison-area professionals abroad. Support is currently suspended due to COVID19. Learn more>>

The YALI-Mandela Washington Fellows Continuing Connections Travel Awards support collaborative work between Madison-area professionals and UW-Madison YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni. Awards (up to $5,000) are intended to bring YALI-MWF alumni to Madison or to send Madison-area professionals abroad. Application is currently suspended due to COVID19.. Learn more>>

The 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship Mentor Program invites former Fellows to return to Madison to serve as mentors for the 2020 Public Management Leadership Institute at UW-Madison, contingent on UW Madison receiving funding for a 2020 Leadership Institute. Application is currently suspended due to COVID19. Learn more>>


The YALI-Mandela Washington Fellows Continuing Connections Travel Awards support collaborative work between Madison-area professionals and UW-Madison YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship alumni. Awards (up to $5,000) are intended to bring YALI-MWF alumni to Madison or to send Madison-area professionals abroad. Application is currently suspended due to COVID19.. Learn more>>