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Support for Research in Africa

For Faculty and Staff

Up to $3,000 grants for research projects at institutions and businesses in Africa

Deadline: February 24

Application Requirements:

  • ASC funding application
  • Statement of Purpose (two pages maximum, single-spaced, 12-pt. font)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Support/Invitation. Research applicants collaborating with local faculty, governments, or institutions must include a letter or email confirming the collaboration and support of the proposal (e.g., a letter from a faculty member at an African university supporting the applicant’s plans or offering research oversight, a letter from an archive granting access, etc.).

A written project report will be required at the conclusion of the grant.

For Students

Up to $3,000 grants toward summer or semester-long research projects or internships at institutions and businesses in Africa. Applicants for research grants may be at preliminary or more advanced stages of their research; applicants for internships should identify the venue for their internship in a governmental agency, business, or non-governmental institution in the region. Grants will not be considered for students graduating in the current Winter Term.

Deadline: The application deadline is 11:59 pm on February 15.

Applications are to be submitted using the II Student Fellowships (IISF) common application. Applicants are encouraged to visit the II Student Fellowships Resource Page prior to beginning the application process.

Requirement & Selection Process


  1. Completed online Application form
  2. One recommendation letter
  3. Statement of Purpose: (single-spaced, 12-pt. font, 3 pages maximum, including any bibliography, citations, project timetable, graphics, etc.)
  4. Project expense sheet 
  5. Letter of Invitation or Description of In-country Resources
  6. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  7. U-M Transcript.

Selection Process: A selection committee comprised of faculty and staff from across the University will evaluate the applications on the following criteria: feasibility, relevance to degree program, relevance to career goals, record of academic achievement, and overall quality of the application.  Results will be announced in April.

Note: Internship and undergraduate students must show a demonstrated interest in African Studies and meet all of the requirements of the University Travel Policy and the Institutional Review Board.

A written project report will be required at the conclusion of the grant.

Questions should be directed to