Student Group Grants

Jomon masterclass

In Spring 2013, the Dudley House Jazz Orchestra received a CAS Student Group Grant to host Jomion & the Uklos of Benin, as part of a musical residency.

The Center for African Studies is committed to supporting the activities of Harvard student organizations focused on Africa. The Center offers grants of up to $1,000 per semester for these student organizations to fund Africa-related activities. Organizations must submit this grant application, which includes a proposal describing the purpose and nature of their activity; size and type of audience for which it is intended; the co-sponsors (if applicable) and a detailed budget. Student organizations are encouraged to seek additional funding to complement the grants awarded by the Center.

Grant decisions are based upon the clarity and feasibility of the activity an organization is planning. Examples of activities that may be funded includes lectures, performances, workshops, conferences and Africa Week events. Center grants cannot be used to fund social activities and dinners.  Please read through the Center’s grant guidelines for information about what expenses are allowable and non-reimbursable.

Student organizations must have official standing with Harvard University prior to requesting funding and events must take place in the Boston/Cambridge area. Furthermore, given the limited funds available, each organization will only be awarded one grant per semester. Grant proposals should be submitted to Nthatisi Quella (

Student Group Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis for the 2015-16 academic year.  Due to limited funds, groups are encouraged to submit proposals as early as possible.  The Center will review applications within two weeks of receipt.  

Other student group Harvard funding sources:

CAS Student Group Grantees (2014-15 academic year)

Law and International Development Society

Annual symposium: Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Rebuilding from Emergency to Development

Harvard Haitian Alliance

Haiti Beyond Haiti: Policies and Pathways to Effective Diaspora Engagement

Kuumba Singers of Harvard College

44th Annual Dr. S. Allen Counter Christmas Concert

Harvard African Students Association

Annual Fall Feast

Africa Policy Journal

Annual symposium: Harvard Africa Policy Journal, Volume 9, 2014-15

Du Bois Student Group

African & Diasporic Spiritual Soundscapes Conference and Film Festival

Africa Business Club, Africa Caucus, GSD Africa, Africa Education Initiative

Harvard African Development Conference

African Business Club

Africa Business Conference

Harvard African Law Association

Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Symposium

Harvard African Students Association

Africa Night

Harvard Panafrican Dance and Music Ensemble

African Dance

Africa Education Initiative

Lunch & Learn Panel Series

Harvard African Students Association

Parent’s Reception

CAS Student Group Grantees (2013-14 academic year)