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Funding

The African Studies Center (ASC) supports students, faculty, and staff through a variety of funding opportunities to pursue research, teaching, and learning activities related to Africa. 

ASC supports U-M students at all levels and in all fields who are interested or engaged in Africa-related education, research, programming, and training activities on campus and in Africa. We welcome applicants from undergraduate, graduate, or professional students or student groups at the university, regardless of citizenship. Each year, ASC seeks to fund a diverse group of students and projects through the grant opportunities listed below. Each of these have specific aims, application procedures and deadlines--please read these carefully and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at asc-contact@umich.edu for any questions about applying. 

Conference Travel Grants

Up to $500 for domestic and $1,000 for international travel to support Africa-focused conference participation

Language Study Scholarships
Scholarships of up to $1,000 for Swahili or Yoruba language study

Lester P. Monts Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research on Africa
Yearly prize awards the student $1,000; a self-nominating competition; students may submit either a completed paper, film or other polished presentation of original research

Support for Campus Events
Up to 1,000 for student organizations, departments, and other units to support on-campus events related to Africa

Support for Research or Intership in Africa
Up to $3,000 grant for summer or semester-long research projects or internships in and on Africa

Special Africa-related projects, initiatives, or collaborations may be available from the African Studies Center on a limited basis. Requests between $3,000-$10,000 will be referred to the ASC Executive Committee for review. To be considered for funding, requests must include a proposal (limit five pages), the total budget, the amount requested from ASC, and a list of other project sponsors/co-sponsors. It is expected that applicants will seek funding from multiple sources. Priority is given to applicants who have not received prior ASC funding and to projects focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Collaborative Seed Grants
Yearly competitions for joint research projects undertaken by ASC associates at the University of Michigan and colleagues based at an African university, aligned with one of the three disciplinary Initiatives within the ASC

Conference Travel Grants
Up to $500 for domestic and $1,000 for international travel to support Africa-focused conference participation

Support for Campus Events
Up to 1,000 to support on-campus events related to Africa

Support for Research in Africa
Up to $3,000 grant for research projects at institutions and businesses in Africa