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Lester P. Monts Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research on Africa

DEADLINE: May 1, 2019 for projects completed in the 2018-19 academic year.

In 2014, the African Studies Center established the Lester P. Monts Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research on Africa in honor of the distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology and former Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Lester P. Monts for all he has done to promote scholarship on Africa and institutional engagement with African universities. Our university's support for African initiatives is truly exemplary and due in large respect to his efforts. This yearly prize awards the student $1,000.

This is a self-nominating competition, and students may submit either a completed paper, film or other polished presentation of original research. The format is up to the student, however the committee will not accept complete dissertations. This competition is open to graduate students at any level and in any program, but preference will be given to students who will still enrolled at the university in coming fall semester.

Please email the following to asc-contact@umich.edu by May 1, 2019:

  • A pdf copy of your paper or your project description,
  • Application cover sheet (download), and
  • Letter of support from your advisor which comments on the quality of your paper/project and why it should be considered for the award. Your advisor should submit their letter directly to ASC at asc-contact@umich.

Please address your documents to: ASC-Lester P. Monts Award. 
African Studies Center, U-M International Institute, Weiser Hall, Suite 500, 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor, Ml 48109-1046

Application due on May 31, 2018

For questions, please contact: asc-contact@umich.edu