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. Undergraduate J-Term research grants are highly competitive, and support only well-focused, faculty supported research projects. Complete applications for 2017 CAS J-Term travel grants are due by October 11th, 2016 at 3pm.
Undergraduates should submit their application through the CARAT online system. Letters of recommendation should also be submitted through CARAT.
The Center for African Studies offers funding to Harvard undergraduate students traveling to Africa for thesis research, internships, volunteer work or study abroad. Grants require a minimum stay of eight weeks in Africa. Our grant awards are limited and intended to cover round-trip travel and a modest stipend. Complete applications for 2017 CAS Summer travel grants are due by February 14th, 2017 at 3pm. Applications and/or any missing components received after the 3pm deadline will not be considered.
Undergraduates should submit their application through the CARAT online system. Letters of recommendation may be emailed or mailed directly to Nthatisi Quella (email@example.com), or 1730 Cambridge Street, 4th Floor, Room 403, Cambridge, MA 02138. Contact: Nthatisi Quella (firstname.lastname@example.org) CAS Grant FAQ
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.
Undergraduate students are eligible for Summer FLAS Fellowships to 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 available for overseas programs, as funding allows.
Undergraduate student Summer 2017 FLAS application deadline is March 1st, 2017 at 3pm. Applicants must submit materials to the CAS office by 3:00pm.
Contact: Nthatisi Quella (email@example.com)
List of Current African Languages Program Offerings through African Studies NRCs List of Past-FLAS Approved Programs
Harvard students are encouraged to drop-in at OCS (Office of Career Services at 54 Dunster Street) to discuss funding opportunities, or check the OCS website. Also, be sure to check the Harvard Funding Sources Database.
|OCS Summer Funding||Funding available for summer study abroad (Harvard Summer School and non-Harvard Study Abroad Programs), international programs as well as independent internships and volunteer opportunities.||Freshman, Sophomore, Junior||average $3,000||Office of Career Services|
|John C. and Katherine Vogelheim Hansen Research and Travel Fund for Africa||The income of this fund will be used to provide financial assistance to Harvard students undertaking significant international experiences in Africa (includes a variety of activities conducted during summer, Wintersession or term-time, such as research travel, language study, internships and service activities). It is the donors hope that this fund will be available to both graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in science and health in Africa.||Harvard College and Graduate Students||varies||Graduate School of Arts & Sciences|
|Harvard College Research Program||The Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) provides funding in support of student-initiated, independent scholarly research or creative endeavors undertaken with guidance of a Harvard-affiliated faculty mentor. HCRP grants advance academic experiences outside the classroom and expand opportunities for students to work closely with faculty members. In contrast to a research assistantship, HCRP recipients demonstrate autonomy in the development, direction, and preparation of the overall research project. Undergraduate students from all concentrations are encouraged to apply.||Harvard College Students||up to $4,000||Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships|
|WCFIA Summer Travel Grants and the Undergraduate Associates Program||The Weatherhead Center holds an annual competition to award travel grants to support summer field research of Harvard undergraduates. These grants are designed to help finance travel in connection with senior thesis research on international affairs. All grant recipients become Undergraduate Associates of the Weatherhead Center for the year following their summer research and present their research findings at a conference organized by the Center in February of their senior year.||Harvard College students, generally juniors||up to$6,000||Weatherhead Center for International Affairs|
|Boren Scholarships||Funding by the National Security Education Program, these scholarships are for American citizens to study in world regions critical to US interests, including Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.||US Citizens; Undergraduate||up to $8,000||Office of International Education|
|Kenneth I. Juster Fellowships for Undergraduate Research and Travel||Grants for undergraduates in the social sciences for international research or international experience and travel||Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors||varies||Weatherhead Center for International Affairs|
|Fund for Historical Research on Questions of Justice||Financial assistance to conduct historical research for their senior thesis on questions of justice. The thesis can be in any area or period of the world’s history. Preference given to applicants who will use the funds for research in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Islands, Latin America and the Caribbean.||Juniors in History, History and Literature, Social Studies and other relevant concentrations||varies||Department of History|
|Herchel Smith Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship||These scholarships aim to support academically motivated Harvard undergraduates in pursuit of personally significant scientific research experiences during the summer, in the U.S. or overseas. The scholarships will support research projects undertaken with an established research center or laboratory, with an eye to preparing recipients for competitive postgraduate fellowships and/or postgraduate study toward a Ph.D. or the equivalent in computer science, mathematics, the natural sciences, and the physical sciences||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors||approx. $5,000||Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships|
|Harvard Summer School Financial Aid||The Financial Aid Office offers Harvard undergraduates who are receiving term-time need-based aid the opportunity to borrow up to $10,000 in a Harvard Loan to help with summer school costs.||Enrolled Harvard College students||up to $10,000||Harvard College Financial Aid Office|