The African Studies Center (ASC) supports student research and internships in and about Africa through our annual summer research grant program.

As we continue to make decisions and adjustments aligned with public health recommendations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are delighted that more of our student grantees are able to travel safely to Africa and conduct their research in person.

ASC distributed 25 awards in 2022, amounting to over $39,000 in support. Of these, 19 awards went towards supporting research, five supported student internships in or relating to Africa, and one supported a student for intensive language study.

Funding went to students from eight different schools and colleges (School of Education; College of Engineering; Law School; College of Literature, Science and the Arts; School of Music, Theater and Dance; School of Nursing; Ford School Public Policy; School of Public Health), and in support of projects focusing on 14 different countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe). Of the awards, 17 went to graduate students, five to students from a professional school, and three to undergraduate students.

Christian Berends
Past and Present Human-Environment Dynamics at the Koobi Fora Field School

Adeli Block
Scripting Distinction: The Social Life of Language Policy in Morocco

Ella Brown
Do Social Environments Influence Timing of Male Maturation in Gorillas?

Jacob Caponi
Entanglements of Violence: Gender-Based Violence in Post-Genocide Rwanda

Ernesta Cole
When to Use Krio: The Linguistic Expression of Sierra Leoneans in Academia

Marlotte De Jong
Not suffering enough: Environmental change and livelihood struggles in Kenya

Emily Hammerslough
Internship with the Law Reform and Development Commission Internship, Namibia

Jacob Harrison
Chlorine test strip and water quality modeling in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ana Hilbert
Internship with the Namibian Ministry of Justice

Jennifer Inloes
Disaster Preparedness Policy at a South African Tertiary Referral Hospital

Charles Katulamu
Uncovering the Abortion Realm in Kampala, Uganda

Joshua Kerobo
Yoruba Study Abroad as part Fulbright-Hays Intensive Advanced Yoruba Group Project

Abdul Kizito
The People of Moroto and Their World

Brooke Lamere
Understanding the Clinical and Sociodemographic Features of Pediatric HIV

Aissa Laouan-Wandarama
Internship with Economic Commission of Africa, Niger

Eliah Madukuli
Forced Marriage Practices Among Select Ethnic Groups in Tanzania

Cynthia Magallanes-Gonzalez
Migration Control, Activism, and Human Smuggling in the Transit Context

McKensey Miller
Adaptation to Environmental Extremes in a Close Human Relative

Kabelo Sandile Motsoeneng
Repatriation: A Novel

Sauda Nabukenya
Ordinary Litigants and the Making of Uganda’s Legal Culture, ca. 1900-1970

Georgia Oppenheim
High-resolution Analysis of Australopith Paleoecology in the Baringo Basin

Margaret Owusu
Dancing Digitally: Ghanaian Girls in the Age of Social Media

Rowan Sherwood
An Analysis of Fossil Bovid Assemblages in the Tugen Hills, Baringo, Kenya

Siiri Kristiina Sinnemaki
Summer Public Interest Internship in Windhoek, Namibia

Natalia Spengler
Internship with Namibia Legal Assistance Centre

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. To learn more visit our funding page