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Lester P. Monts Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research on Africa

DEADLINE: March 31, 2017 for original research projects completed in the 2016-17 academic year.

In 2014, the African Studies Center established the Lester P. Monts Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research on Africa in honor of the distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology and former Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Lester P. Monts for all he has done to promote scholarship on Africa and institutional engagement with African universities. Our university's support for African initiatives is truly exemplary and due in large respect to his efforts. This yearly prize awards the student $1,000.

This is a self-nominating competition, and students may submit either a completed paper, film or other polished presentation of original research. The format is up to the student, however the committee will not accept complete dissertations. This competition is open to graduate students at any level and in any program.

Please submit hard copies of the following to the African Studies Center by March 31, 2017:

  • Paper or project description,
  • Application cover sheet (download), and
  • Letter of support from your advisor which will note what is remarkable about your project and why it should be considered for the award. Your advisor must enclose their letter in a sealed envelope signed across the flap. Alternatively, the faculty/advisor may submit their letter directly to the African Studies Center.

Please mail or hand-deliver the documents to:

The African Studies Center - Lester P. Monts Award
University of Michigan, International Institute,
1080 S. University Ave, Suite 3603, Ann Arbor, Ml 48109-1106

Application due on March 31, 2017

For questions, please contact: asc-contact@umich.edu