The African Studies Center has awarded over $25,000 to support 15 students who are engaged in Africa-related work. The students will conduct their research and serve their internships between May 2019 to May 2020.
To date, the center has awarded over 200 fellowships and travel grants to students. From funding a research project on the epidemiology of Tuberculosis (TB) among the prisoner population in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to an internship at the Elmina Castle Field School, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in Ghana. The list of recipients shows the extraordinary breadth of academic interests in Africa.
Josh Greenberg, a past recipient of an ASC summer fellowship and a doctoral candidate in Economics, explained that ASC funding was pivotal to the development of his research in Uganda. ASC grants later led to him receiving a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship for the 2018-2019 academic year allowing him to carry out his dissertation research on "Governance, Citizenship, and Accountability: Community-Centered Development in Uganda." Greenberg received ASC Funding for Research/Internship Support in Africa for the following projects:
- “Health, Human Rights, and Development in Uganda” (2014 & 2015)
This project encompassed preliminary research on development assistance and health, intimate partner violence against women, and pregnancy testing.
- “Resolution of Uncertainty through Testing: The Impact of Pregnancy Tests on Reproductive and Maternal Health Beliefs and Behaviors in Uganda” (2017)
This project aimed to further develop the pregnancy testing work from 2014 and 2015.
“ASC funding has always been an incredibly enabling source of support that has given me the freedom to innovate in my research,” stated Greenberg. He further explained that it was during his time working on ASC projects that he landed on his current study. These earlier projects focused on system strengthening of local governance structures vis-à-vis the health sector, which allowed him to identified key concepts that translated to his current interest.
“My current project has received substantial traction, and I can't say enough about how much ASC has contributed toward this. I am collaborating with the Office of the Prime Minister [in Uganda]. A few weeks ago, I was able to present the project to the National Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Working Group, which is comprised of monitoring and evaluation officers and policymakers from across all government ministries, departments, and agencies.”