We are delighted to announce another year of available funding through the African Language Fund and the Small Grants programs. The deadlines for both applications is February 1, 2017. Please send all materials to Professors Emily Lynn Osborn and Jennifer Cole.
Small Grants: These grants are for student-initiated projects that will advance the research agendas and professional training of graduate students. Preference will be given to initiatives that involve groups of students, and that take place on campus. It is also possible for graduate students to team with faculty members and apply jointly for Graduate Student Small Grants and Faculty Small Grants. While we continue to welcome collaborative projects that involved faculty and students, graduate students may also use these awards to support independent research and travel. They may also be combined with African Language Fund support and be used to undertake, for example, pre-dissertation summer research, summer travel, language study, and conference attendance. Consistent and committed participation in the African Studies Workshop is expected of all applicants. Please submit a one-page proposal that explains the purpose and goals of your project. Include a budget, the proposed dates of the event or events, a list of individuals who will participate, and any other relevant information to Professors Emily Lynn Osborn and Jennifer Cole by February 1, 2017. The Graduate Student Small Grants are made possible by support from the Office of the Provost.
African Language Fund. The African Language Fund (ALF) offers limited support for students preparing for doctoral research. These funds may be used to defray the costs of tuition or tutoring fees, textbooks and other language-learning materials, and portions of costs for travel to language programs offered elsewhere, including in African countries. In exceptional circumstances, ALF may also be used for other scholarly projects. If you wish to apply, please write a brief letter of application which includes a paragraph on your proposed doctoral research, as well as a discussion of your need for language training, your plans for undertaking it, and a budget. No budget should exceed $1,500, and actual awards may be less. Disbursements will be made on the basis of both the merit and need of the application pool as a whole. Please send all applications to Professors Emily Osborn and Jennifer Cole by February 1, 2017. The African Language Fund is made possible by support from the Dean of the Social Sciences.