The African Studies Center accepts applications from University of Michigan faculty seeking funds to pursue African studies related research.

Faculty funding for special Africa-related projects, initiatives, or collaborations may be available from the African Studies Center on a limited basis. Requests between $4,000-$10,000 will be referred to the ASC Executive Committee for review.

To be considered for funding, requests must include a proposal (limit 5 pages), the total budget, the amount requested from ASC, and a list of other project sponsors/co-sponsors. It is expected that applicants will seek funding from multiple sources.

Priority is given to applicants who have not received prior ASC funding and to projects focused on Sub-Saharan Africa.

See below for specific application procedures and forms.

Conference Travel Grants

Subject to availability of funding, awards will be made to faculty who will present Africa-focused papers or serve as chairs or discussants for Africa-focused sessions at regional, national, or international conferences. These awards are intended to supplement other University of Michigan conference participation grants.

Award amount: Up to $500 for domestic and $1,000 for international travel to support Africa-focused conference participation.

Application Requirements: Applicants must submit an application form and supporting documents noted on the form.

Deadlines: Fall term - October 15; Winter term - February 24.

Funding for Research support in Africa

ASC seeks applications from University of Michigan faculty for a limited number of grants toward research projects in Africa.

Award amount: Up to $3,000

Deadline: February 24

Application Requirements:

  • ASC funding application
  • Statement of Purpose (two pages maximum, single-spaced, 12-pt. font)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Support/Invitation. Research applicants collaborating with local faculty, governments, or institutions must include a letter or email confirming the collaboration and support of the proposal (e.g., a letter from a faculty member at an African university supporting the applicant’s plans or offering research oversight, a letter from an archive granting access, etc.).

A written project report will be required at the conclusion of the grant.

Collaborative Faculty Seed Grants

As part of President Coleman’s commitment to strengthen U-M initiatives in African Studies, the U-M African Studies Center offers funding to support innovative projects in African Heritage Studies, African Social Research and STEM-Africa.

2013-2014 Deadline: January 10, 2014

For more information go to the initiative funding pages:

Questions should be directed to


University of Michigan Travel Policy

Faculty who lead students on trips abroad or who are engaged in research or other work connected with academic, professional, or University-related business should review U-M ‘s Travel Policy.

Effective 9/1/11, all faculty and staff traveling on University-related business are automatically covered by a blanket Travel Abroad Health Insurance policy at no cost for up to 180 days. This coverage automatically applies to accompanying spouses, domestic partners, and dependents.

For information about the plan's benefits and extended coverage beyond 180 days, see Travel Abroad Health Insurance. To qualify, faculty should register their travel in the U-M Travel Registry and sign-in on the Travel Abroad Health Insurance (HTH Worldwide) website, accessible through the Travel Registry.

For information about immunizations and other travel-related health matters, see Travel Health Services.