The African Studies Center accepts applications from University of Michigan students seeking funds to support African studies related activities. Preference is given to students in Africa-focused undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree programs at the University of Michigan.

Conference Travel Grants

Subject to availability of funding, awards will be made to students 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, a copy of the conference program/invitation, a letter of recommendation (preferably from your advisor), and documentation about other funding requests.

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

Funding for Research or Internship Support in Africa

ASC seeks applications from University of Michigan students for a limited number of grants toward summer or semester-long research projects or internships at institutions and businesses in Africa. Applicants for research grants may be at preliminary or more advanced stages of their research; applicants for internships should identify the venue for their internship in a governmental agency, business, or non-governmental institution in the region. Grants will not be considered for students graduating in the current Winter Term.

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)
    • Internship statements must include information on how this experience will benefit the applicant’s academic program and career plans upon completion of his/her U-M degree.
    • Research statements must describe the project and discuss its rationale, objectives, design, and methodology, as well as the projected benefits of this trip. If the applicant will be working with an established research project, a description of the organization and the activities in which he or she will be engaged must be included.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • U-M Transcript (an unofficial transcript is acceptable)
  • 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.).
    • Internship applicants must include a letter or email from the host organization describing the organization, the specific work, and the financial terms of the internship.
  • Letter of Recommendation from a University of Michigan faculty member

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

Questions should be directed to


University of Michigan Travel Policy

All University of Michigan students taking part in University-sponsored international travel should review U-M's Travel Policy. Effective 9/1/11, all U-M students traveling abroad for University-related purposes (i.e., participating in study, research, work, or volunteer programs organized or supported by U-M departments/units or for which U-M in-residence credit is granted) are required to:

  1. Register their travel in the U-M Travel Registry.
  2. Buy U-M’s Travel Abroad Health Insurance. Students may also buy this insurance for personal or leisure travel abroad. For information about the plan's benefits and costs, see Travel Abroad Health Insurance.

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