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 14, 2022. Learn more here


Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship awards fellowships to students at Campus Consortium partners to pursue independent reporting projects. Reporting Fellows cover a wide range of issues in countries around the world and in the United States. They benefit from Pulitzer Center mentorship, networking opportunities, and journalism resources. Most importantly, they become part of a vibrant community. Awardees may receive up to $5000, depending upon their project.

Applications are due Thursday, March 10 at 11:59pm. Learn more here


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.

Application information forthcoming. Learn more here


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 here


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 are due on February 22, 2022. Learn more here


The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, 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, broadly construed.

Applications closed. Learn more here

For Graduate Students

African Studies Program Research Award is intended to support graduate student 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 thesis or dissertation writing. Graduate students in good standing from any department or program are eligible to apply. 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.

Applications for 2022 are due Thursday, March 10 at 11:59pm. Learn more here


Crawford Young Fellowship Fund in African Politics  will primarily support graduate students carrying out research and writing on African politics. Preference will be given to international students and to students from underrepresented groups or populations. Awardees will receive $1600 to support their research and writing on African politics.

Applications are due Tuesday, February 22 at 11:59pm. Learn more here 


Tejumola Olaniyan International Student Travel 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. Awardees may receive up to $4000 to support their research. Students must hold a F, J, or M visas (U.S. citizens and permanent residents are ineligible).

Applications are due Thursday, March 10 at 11:59pm. Learn more here


William A. Brown Research Award is intended to support research on Islam or West African history. Funds must be used to advance research; recipients may propose to use this award for travel, archival work, or as direct support for writing. Awardees may receive up to $4000 in support of their research. Graduate students in good standing from any department or program who are engaged in the study of Islam or West African history.

Applications are due Thursday, March 10 at 11:59pm. Learn more here


Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship awards fellowships to students at Campus Consortium partners to pursue independent reporting projects. Reporting Fellows cover a wide range of issues in countries around the world and in the United States. They benefit from Pulitzer Center mentorship, networking opportunities, and journalism resources. Most importantly, they become part of a vibrant community. Awardees may receive up to $5000, depending upon their project.

Applications are due Thursday, March 10 at 11:59pm. Learn more here


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 2022 are due in the Spring. Learn more here


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 14. Learn more here


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 for 2022 are due June 8. Learn more here


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.

The deadline for submission of a complete application, including all supporting documents, is 10:00 am, Monday, April 4, 2022. Learn more here


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 are due February 21, 2022 by 10am. Learn more here


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.

Applications are due February 21, 2022 by 10am. Learn more here


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.

Applications are closed. Learn more here


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 are closed. Learn more here

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>>