- Maru-a-Pula Summer Program
- Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
- Study Abroad
- Student Groups
- African Language Program
- Post-Graduate Opportunities
CAS is deeply committed to being a valuable resource for Harvard’s students – undergraduate and graduate, from any school or discipline – both on campus as well as on the continent. CAS continues to expand opportunities for students to gain experience, in both formal and informal settings, in Africa through its summer school study abroad programming, internship and fellowship offerings, and grants to support field research. In addition, the Committee supports university student groups and advises students on how to expand their knowledge and understanding in the area of African Studies, on campus and abroad.
If you would like to be in touch with a student has received a CAS Grant and/or participated in a CAS study abroad or internship program, please email email@example.com. Our CAS Peer Mentors are happy to share their experiences, lessons learned and fantastic stories!
African and African American Studies Prizes, Awards & Grants
The Department of African and African American Studies (AAAS) is now accepting applications for undergraduate prizes. These include prizes for theses related to African or African American Studies (Kwame Anthony Appiah Prize, Kathryn Ann Huggins Prize, Dorothy Hicks Lee Prize, Philippe Wamba Prize), the Jonathan M. Levin Prize for Teaching and Social Justice, the Reverend Peter J. Gomes Prize in Religion and Ethnicity and the William Plummer French Prize. The full list of prizes, as well as application forms are available on the AAAS website. The deadline for 2012-13 prize applications has passed (Tuesday, April 23, 2013).
2013 Phillipe Wamba Summer Research Travel Grant
The Department of African and African American Studies is accepting applications for the 2013 Phillipe Wamba Summer Research Travel Grant. The Philippe Wamba Summer Research Travel Grant provides funding for research and field work in Africa for Continuing Harvard FAS undergraduate and graduate students. (Students graduating in May 2013 are not eligible for this award.) The recipient is awarded funding of up to $10,000.
This grant was established in 2008 by Danny Rimer in memory of Philippe Wamba. This summer travel award is intended to support a Harvard undergraduate or graduate student carrying out field work or research in Africa. Preference is given to the student who most exemplifies the outstanding academic performance of Philippe Wamba. A 1993 graduate of Harvard College, Philippe Wamba, in his short life, had a profound impact on his fellow students and the faculty of the African and African American Studies Department. Following his graduation, he soon returned to Harvard University where he became the Editor-in-Chief of Africana.com.
Additional information is also available on the AAAS website. The deadline for 2012-13 prize applications has passed (Tuesday, April 23, 2013).
Featured Summer Internship Opportunities
SHARP (Summer Humanities and Arts Research Program) is a 10-week summer immersion experience working on projects designed by Harvard faculty and library administration. As a first-year pilot, the SHARP cohort will be fairly small, and the program will offer four very different opportunities for undergraduates to engage in formative and substantive humanities and arts-based research. One of the four projects, The Progress of Art Digital Mapping Project, is led by CAS Committee member, Professor Suzanne Blier (History of Art and Architecture). Students’ work will involve an extension and elaboration of the multi-media interactive ‘Progress of Love’ site to cover the larger arena of contemporary African artists and exhibitions, mapping related information and connections within the Worldmap framework. Read more about this project here.
African School for Excellence is a non-profit organization building a network of low-cost, elite-quality secondary schools for talented, underprivileged African youth. ASE opened its first school in the Tsakane township of Johannesburg, South Africa, in January, 2013. ASE is offers summer internship opportunities to assist in a variety of areas, both inside and outside the classroom. Download the internship description.
In the I-SURF program, Harvard undergraduates undertake research abroad, studying a range of critical issues in global health with local researchers and practitioners. Each year, there are a variety of opportunities that may range from basic research in South Africa to social science research or from health care delivery to experiences at the intersection of politics, law, and health within an international organization or a ministry of health. Harvard faculty members work with participating students to develop a research project that falls within the research agenda of the site.
In 2013, WARA will award one (1) Diaspora Graduate Student Internship. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the competition is open to U.S. citizens who are enrolled in the M.A. program of an accredited college or university in the United States. Download internship description.
WorldTeach partners with governments and other organizations in developing countries to provide volunteer teachers to meet local needs and promote responsible global citizenship. WorldTeach currently has summer programs in Namibia and South Africa.