Fellowships, Scholarships & Funding Opportunities

Please visit our Opportunities Page to find current announcements about application openings for fellowships, scholarships & other opportunities for Africa-related research. Below is a list of fellowships and scholarships for Africa-related study.

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Howard University has a Funding Opportunities page where both undergraduate and graduate students can search for scholarships, grants, federal work Study, loans and work programs.

List of Fellowships & Scholarships for Africa-Related Study

Undergraduate Opportunities

FLAS Fellowships

The Center for African Studies provides Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships through funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program. FLAS Fellowships support students taking African languages (Amharic, Arabic, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu) and area studies coursework. The fellowships support intensive for-credit study of an African language and to promote the development of competency in African Studies either in the United States or abroad.
Apply at: http://cfas.howard.edu/FLAS

Rangel Summer Enrichment Program

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program usually selects participants (known as “Rangel Scholars”) each year from universities throughout the United States. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.
Apply at: http://rangelprogram.org/summer-enrichment-program

U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The CLS Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Most CLS languages do not require previous study of the target language.
Apply at: http://www.clscholarship.org/apply

Boren Scholarships

Fund study abroad by U.S. undergraduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.
Appy at: https://www.borenawards.org/

PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program

The PPIA JSI Fellowship Program is a rigorous academic graduate level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field.
Apply at: https://ppiaprogram.org/undergrad-jsi/

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.
Apply at: https://www.gilmanscholarship.org/

Graduate Opportunities

FLAS Fellowships

The Center for African Studies provides Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships through funding from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI program. FLAS Fellowships support students taking African languages (Amharic, Arabic, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba and Zulu) and area studies coursework. The fellowships support intensive for-credit study of an African language and to promote the development of competency in African Studies either in the United States or abroad.
Apply at: http://cfas.howard.edu/FLAS

WARA Fellowships

West African Research Association (WARA) offers a variety of awards ranging from travel grants to residencies to pre- and post- doctoral fellowships for research in West Africa and the U.S. All disciplines are welcomed to apply, but requirements vary by award.
Apply at: westafricanresearchassociation.org/fellowships

Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellowship Program

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellowship Program is designed to provide full financial support to outstanding Ph.D. students admitted to candidacy with a research concentration in international affairs and/or world peace for the duration of two academic years, as long as the recipient meets eligibility requirements.
Apply at: https://gs.howard.edu/internal-funding/sasakawa-peace-foundation-fellowship-program

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program

The Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. 
Apply at: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpsddrap/index.html

U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The CLS Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Most CLS languages do not require previous study of the target language.
Apply at: http://www.clscholarship.org/apply

Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions.
Apply at: https://www.iie.org/AfricanDiaspora.

Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Seventy fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $23,000.
Apply at: https://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/view/idrf-fellowship/

USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program

The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Apply at: https://www.paynefellows.org/

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships

Since 1923, the SSRC has awarded more than fifteen thousand fellowships to researchers around the globe. Council fellowship programs are strategic—they target specific problems, promote individual and institutional change, and expand networks.
The SSRC’s varied fellowships and prizes share a core commitment to improving conditions for social science knowledge production worldwide. Programs engage themes ranging from global issues facing the United States and Japan to security in Africa and Latin America.
Apply at: https://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

The Pickering Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University, that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates. The Program welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need.  Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.  Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.
Apply at: https://pickeringfellowship.org/

Boren Fellowships

Fund research and language study proposals by U.S. graduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests.
Apply at: https://www.borenawards.org/

Richard A. Horovitz Fund for Professional Development 

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce a competition of the Richard A. Horovitz Fund for Professional Development for citizens of a sub-Saharan African country in programs at accredited U.S. universities or cultural or artistic institutions. The Horovitz Fund is dedicated to African artists and scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Award winner(s) receive funds to defray educational costs for one academic year. 
Apply at: https://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Richard-A-Horovitz-Fund-for-Professional-Development/Eligibility

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship Program

United States of Peace Institute’s Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship program awards non-residential fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Since 1988, the program has supported the dissertations of 312 young scholars, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in research, teaching and policy making.
Apply at: https://www.usip.org/grants-fellowships/fellowships/jennings-randolph-peace-scholar-dissertation-fellowship-program

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

Through its program of fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. 
Apply at: https://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships