Welcome to the Center for African Studies

A hub that supports and enhances Africa-related teaching and research.

NERCPAL Conference

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Howard University African Studies International Conference

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Read the 2nd Issue of Bouctou Magazine!

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Applications are open for FLAS

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New Language Offering - Akan Twi!

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View Recordings of our events on our YouTube page!

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The 2024 CABA Winners have been announced!

The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. Africa Access and the Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (ASA) created CABA in 1991 to encourage the publication and use of accurate, balanced children’s materials about Africa.

Find out who the 2024 Winners are!

Howard University African Studies International Conference

Save the dates for the Howard University African Studies International Conference which will take place March 12 - 13.

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FLAS Applications are open for Summer 2024 and Academic year 2024/2025!

Applications are open for the Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Summer 2024 and Academic year 2024/2025!

Application deadline is February 28, 2024.

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FACULTY OPENING: Professor of African Studies at Howard University

The Department of African Studies invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of full Professor. We seek applications from exceptional candidates with a well-respected and internationally established record in African Studies. The applicant’s teaching and pedagogical background should demonstrate interdisciplinary approaches that harmonize various social science and humanities fields and facilitate multidimensional teaching, research and analysis of political, economic and socio-cultural development issues in Africa. Specialization in teaching and research on development and public policy in Africa will be an advantage.

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Congratulations FLAS Fellows!


View photos from the 70th Anniversary of African Studies at Howard University!

View photos from the 70th Anniversary of African Studies at Howard University!

View photos from the Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) 2023!

View our CABA 2023 Festival and Awards photos!

Thank you for celebrating with us at the 2023 Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) Ceremony & Festival!

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Executive Education Program

The Executive Education Program of the Center for African Studies at Howard University is a niche program that is designed for working professionals engaged in African affairs. It aims to enable management teams, boards of directors, senior leaders, mid-career professionals, and emerging young leaders to realize their full potential when they lead projects that are located in Africa or involve the African diaspora. Like many executive programs, our target audience includes government agencies, international organizations, and global businesses. 

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Affiliated Faculty

A priority for our Center is to facilitate and nurture a community of HU scholars with interest in Africa. Affiliated Faculty at the Center for African Studies devote at least 25 - 100% of their research, teaching, and/or service to the study of Africa and represent a wide range of departments and colleges across campus.

We include all faculty with active or aspirational research and/or teaching interests in Africa as affiliated faculty, and look forward to promoting their work and scholarship on our website and throughout our networks. We invite faculty to share with us what they are doing so that we can publicize it to a wider audience.

Affiliate faculty are eligible for CfAS course and travel awards, research grants, funding for books, and more.

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Opportunities - fellowships, scholarships and more

Find information about fellowships, scholarships, other funding opportunities, jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and calls for abstracts, papers, and proposals.

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African Languages

Study SWAHILIYORUBA, or ZULU abroad!

Or study at Howard - Amharic, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba or Zulu.

HU has the largest number of students studying African languages in the United States! Check out the study abroad programs, courses at HU, and the annual HU African Language Summer Institute.

Learn more about our programs