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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: The application deadline is 11:59 pm on February 15. The online applicationincluding all the required components outlined below, must be submitted before that time.

There is one application for all of the following awards (subject to eligibility): II Individual FellowshipsRackham International Research AwardAfrican Studies Center Funding for Research or Internship Support in AfricaArmenian Studies Program Summer Research GrantsSummer Grants for Research and Internships in Europe & EurasiaCenter for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Field Research Grants, and the II Samo Alajbegović Fellowships. Please visit the links above for more information and to verify your eligibility.


Application Submission: The online application includes:  

1. Application form (including student and project information)

2. One recommendation letter requested via the online application. Applicants must enter the name, department, and email address of the recommender, and then send a request via the online application system. The recommender will receive an email request and instructions for submitting the letter through a secured section of the online application system. The Letter of Recommendation should come from a U-M faculty, staff member, or advisor. Doctoral students should have the letter submitted by the principal advisor. The referee should comment on the applicant’s achievements and ability to carry out the internship or proposed research project, the feasibility and significance of the proposal, and the contribution it will make to the applicant’s academic program and career. The letter of recommendation must be submitted by the recommender before the application deadline.

3. Statement of Purpose: (single-spaced, 12-pt. font, 3 pages maximum, including any bibliography, citations, project timetable, graphics, etc.)

Academic internship statements – These 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. A description of the host organization and the activities in which the applicant will be engaged must be included.  Applicants should also discuss any language skills needed to successfully undertake the internship.

Research statements – These should be written in language for non-specialists, should describe the proposed research project and discuss its rationale, objectives, design, timetable, feasibility, 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/she will be engaged must be included. Applicants should also discuss any language skills needed to conduct the proposed research.

4. Project expense information including the estimated cost for transportation, housing, food, visa fees, CDC-required immunizations, and U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance coverage.  The total expenses may exceed the maximum award amount. Applicants are encouraged to apply for additional sources of funding. All applicants are required to complete a project expense sheet that provides a detailed breakdown of all project expenses by location. Download the project expense sheet , complete it, and upload it as part of your application.

5.  Letter of Invitation or Description of In-country Resources (required):

  • Internship applicants must submit a letter or email from the host organization describing the organization, the specific work, and the financial terms of the internship.
  • Research applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of invitation from a faculty member at a university abroad acknowledging and supporting your plans or offering research oversight. This could also be a letter from an archive granting access, etc. Those without a formal in-country affiliate should submit a brief description of the in-country resources to be used and how they will be secured.

6. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)

7. U-M Transcript. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. Transcripts should be correctly rotated so that they may be read easily.

Selection Process: A selection committee comprised of faculty and staff from across the University will evaluate the applications on the following criteria: feasibility, relevance to degree program, relevance to career goals, record of academic achievement, and overall quality of the application.  Results will be announced by mid-April 2017.

Note: Internship and undergraduate students must show a demonstrated interest in African Studies and meet all of the requirements of the University Travel Policy and the Institutional Review Board.

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

Questions should be directed to