Graduate Student Grants & Fellowships

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J-Term Grants

The Center for African Studies offers grants for research to be conducted during the January term, between fall and spring semesters.  Grant awards are limited, and intended to cover otherwise unfunded costs of round-trip travel and modest accommodations.   Completed applications for 2017 CAS J-Term travel grants will be due by October 11th, 2016 at 3pm.

Eligibility

  • Full-time Harvard student;
  • Have completed two African Studies-related courses (be explicit about these courses, and their relevance, in application; See Grant FAQ for more details);
  • Research-only activities, related to academic requirement for a registered Harvard course;
  • Research is supported by a Harvard faculty member;
  • Research conducted in any African country (check Harvard student travel policies for any restrictions);
  • Minimum duration of three weeks.

Application Requirements

  • CARAT online application form.  Choose Begin a new Dissertation Research Fellowship Application to find CAS J-Term Grant application form.
  • Current Unofficial Transcript
  • Current Resume
  • 500 word proposal: Describe your research/project you are planning to work on in January, and whether or not this is continued research from prior time spent in Africa. Please also provide a list of at least two African Studies related courses you have taken.
  • Detailed Itinerary: Expected flight dates, plans for use of your time while in Africa.  Sample J-Term Itinerary
  • Detailed Budget: Include this with your proposal. Sample J-Term Budget
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from the Harvard faculty member that has approved the project you are working on, as stated above) to be submitted through the CARAT online application form.

Contact: Nthatisi Quella (nthatisiquella@fas.harvard.edu)

CAS Grant FAQ

Summer Grants

The Center for African Studies offers funding to Harvard graduate students traveling to Africa for thesis research, internships, or study abroad. Grants require a minimum stay of eight weeks in Africa. Grant awards are limited and intended to cover round-trip travel and a modest stipend. Complete 2017 CAS Summer travel grant applications are due by February 14th, 2017 at 3pm.  PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE YOUR MATERIALS!  Applications and/or any missing components received after the 3pm deadline will not be considered.

Eligibility

  • Full-time continuing Harvard student;
  • Purpose of travel for thesis research, internship opportunity, or study abroad;
  • Research/work/study in any African country (check Harvard student travel policies for any restrictions);
  • Minimum duration of eights weeks;
  • For applications to fund research ONLY:
    • Research is supported by a Harvard faculty member;
    • Have completed two African Studies-related courses (be explicit about these courses, and their relevance, in application; See Grant FAQ for more details).

*Preference will go to students who have taken coursework in African Studies, have experience in the region and/or have language experience related to Africa. In addition, for those conducting research, preference will be given to graduate students and senior level undergraduates working on thesis preparation.

Application Requirements

  • Completed CARAT application form.  Choose Center for African Studies Graduate Summer Grant funding source.
  • 750 word proposal
  • Current Unofficial Transcript
  • Current Resume
  • Detailed Itinerary: Expected flight dates, plans for use of your time while in Africa.  Sample Summer Itinerary
  • Detailed Budget: Include this in CARAT application.  Sample Summer Budget
  • Two letters of recommendation: May be emailed or mailed directly to Nthatisi Quella  at [nthatisiquella@fas.harvard.edu], or 1730 Cambridge Street, Room 403, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138.
  • Internship work ONLY: Letter of Support from Sponsoring Organization

Graduates should submit their application through the CARAT online system. Letters of recommendation may be emailed or mailed directly to Nthatisi Quella (nthatisiquella@fas.harvard.edu), or 1730 Cambridge Street, Room 403, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Contact: Nthatisi Quella (nthatisiquella@fas.harvard.edu)

CAS Grant FAQ

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Through funding from the Department of Education, the Center for African Studies finances the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program for academic year and summer tuition and stipend support.

Graduate students are eligible for both Academic Year and Summer FLAS Fellowships to promote development of competency in an African language and African Studies knowledge.  Nominees and alternates are selected by faculty Committee members, and must be approved by the US Department of Education before the Fellowship can be finalized.

Academic Year FLAS

Academic Year FLAS Fellowships may be utilized domestically or overseas, for language and area studies. This fellowship may also be used for overseas dissertation research, provided the student is at the advanced level of language proficiency. The use of language in overseas dissertation research must be extensive enough to be able to consider the foreign language improvement facilitated by the research equal to the improvement that would be obtained from a full academic year’s worth of formal instruction. Fellowships require affiliation with an academic institution or organization approved by the Department of Education.

Academic year fellowships provide a tuition grant of up to $18,000, plus a $15,000 stipend to be dispersed monthly over a ten-month period. Remaining tuition and health fees, if any, must be covered by the students’ school of enrollment within Harvard University (i.e. GSAS, GSE, Divinity School). All Non-GSAS applicants must notify their school’s Financial Aid Office that they have applied for a FLAS.

Incoming graduate student applications are due December 31, 2016; continuing Harvard graduate student applications are due March 1st, 2017.

Applicant Eligibility

  • US citizens, permanent residents, or be in the process of becoming a permanent resident (immigration documents required);
  • Enrolled in a graduate degree program in one of the Harvard graduate schools. All non-GSAS applicants must notify their school’s Financial Aid Office that they intend to apply for a FLAS Fellowship to ensure the schools participation. Please note: Masters Programs at HSPH have a per-credit billing policy and tuition coverage is only applicable to remaining credits required to complete the program;
  • Agree to be enrolled in one graded FLAS approved language and one graded area studies course per term; or be engaged in overseas dissertation research in the international aspects of professional (or other) fields of study;
    • For use of fellowship overseas: must agree to be enrolled in an advanced language program overseas approved by the Department of Education; or pursue overseas PhD dissertation research, provided there is affiliation with an overseas institution of higher education or appropriate organization in the host country. Students must submit the following information along with the application: name of institution where the student will be conducting research, the name of a contact at that institution, and the dates of travel.
  • May not be receiving concurrent federal support from other sources, except student loans and work/study.  Fellows must obtain approval from the FLAS Coordinator for any TF or other work opportunities before accepting them, to ensure compliance with federal regulations and continuation of their grant. Employment may not exceed the value of one-fifth of teaching per term.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Award recipients must complete pre- and post-program self-assessments;
  • Award recipients must undergo pre- and post-program evaluation by a language instructor.

Application Requirements

  1. Fellowship application: 2017-2018 Academic Year FLAS Application 
  2. Current resume/CV
  3. Two letters of recommendation; one from a language instructor and one from an area studies instructor;
  4. Current transcript; and
  5. A statement of purpose.
  6. Additional requirement for Overseas Dissertation Research applicants.  Applicants must have a project description signed by their academic advisor, and should include the dates of travel abroad, the overseas institution where they will be affiliated, and a contact person at that institution. Please note the Overseas Dissertation FLAS is a research grant, not a writing grant. Where applicable, students should ensure their project has been approved by The Harvard University Committee on the Use of Human Subjects.

Incoming applications must be submitted GSAS FLAS Coordinator, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1350 Massachusetts Ave, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138.

 

Summer FLAS

Summer FLAS Fellowships support intensive for-credit study of an African language, either in the United States or abroad. FLAS Fellowships provide for up to $5,000 towards tuition, and a $2,500 fixed living stipend. A $1,000 travel allowance is also available for overseas programs, as funding allows.

Graduate student Summer FLAS applications are due March 1st, 2017 at 3pm. 

Applicant Eligibility

  • US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents;
  • Pursuing a program of study combining modern language study with international or area studies, or research and training in international aspects of professional or other fields of study;
  • May not be receiving concurrent federal support from other sources, except student loans and work/study.

Program Eligibility

  • Equivalent to one year of instruction;
  • For academic credit and graded;
  • Intermediate level courses: minimum of 140 hours of instruction over 6 or more weeks;
  • Advanced level courses: minimum of 120 hours of instruction over 6 or more weeks;
  • Beginning level study should be pursued in the US. (Overseas programs at the beginning level of study may be considered if appropriate instruction is not available in the US);
  • Overseas programs are subject to approval by the US Department of Education.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Award recipients must complete pre- and post-program self-assessments;
  • Award recipients must undergo pre- and post-program evaluation by a language instructor.

Application Requirements

  1. Apply in CARAT;
  2. Current resume/CV;
  3. Two letters of recommendation: one from a language instructor and one from an area studies instructor;
  4. Official transcript; and
  5. A statement of purpose.  Include how the program will influence your research, and/or your future professional study/career aspirations.  Please include the names of published articles and titles of research papers where applicable.  Note: The recommended length for the statement of purpose is one page, double-spaced.

Contact: Nthatisi Quella (nthatisiquella@fas.harvard.edu)