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Support for Student Research and Internships in Africa

Up to $3,000 grants toward summer research projects or internships in or on Africa. ASC is committed to supporting students at all levels and in all fields, regardless of citizenship, to undertake research, internships, or other training activities in or on Africa. In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, travel to the continent may or may not be feasible. We welcome alternative approaches such as virtual internships and allow funds to be used for hiring local research assistants, scanning of archival materials, data/plans for internet-based or App-based research, etc.

Applicants for research grants may be at preliminary or more advanced stages of their research; applicants for internships should identify a specific internship venue (governmental agency, business, or non-governmental institution in the region or engaged in Africa-focused work). Grants will not be considered for students graduating in the current Winter Term. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received ASC Summer Research and Internship funding.

Deadline: The application deadline is 11:59 pm on March 10, 2021.

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

Requirements:

  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: All travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy. Applicants must also meet all of the requirements of the Institutional Review Board. Please note that additional travel restrictions are in place because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

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

Questions should be directed to iifellowships@umich.edu.