Undergraduate Student Grants & Fellowships

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CAS 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. 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.

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. (For example, a Harvard junior/senior working on a Senior Thesis Project would have their faculty adviser sign off on the research proposal in the recommendation letter.);
  • 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
  • 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) 

Undergraduates should submit their application through the CARAT online system. Letters of recommendation should also be submitted through CARAT.

CAS Grant FAQ

CAS Summer Grants

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.

Eligibility

  • Full-time continuing Harvard student;
  • Purpose of travel for thesis research, internship opportunity, volunteer work or study abroad;
  • Research/work/study in any African country (check Harvard student travel policies for any restrictions);
  • Minimum duration of eight weeks;
  • For applications to fund research ONLY:
    • Research is supported by a Harvard faculty member. (For example, a Harvard junior/senior working on a Senior Thesis Project would have their faculty adviser sign off on the research proposal in the recommendation letter.);
    • Have completed two African Studies-related courses (be explicit about these courses, and their relevance, in application; See Grant FAQ for more details).

Application Requirements

  • Completed CARAT application form. Choose Center for African Studies Undergraduate 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: must be submitted directly to CAS office
  • Internship work ONLY: Letter of Support from Sponsoring Organization

Undergraduates 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, 4th Floor, Room 403, 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.

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.

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;
  • Intermediate and advanced-level study only;
  • Must obtain Harvard transfer credit approval;
  • Continuing full-time student;
  • Concentrators in any field.

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
  • 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). Emailed or mailed directly to Nthatisi Quella;
  4. Current transcript; and
  5. A statement of purpose. Include how the program will influence the work in your concentration, 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)

List of Current African Languages Program Offerings through African Studies NRCs List of Past-FLAS Approved Programs

Additional Funding Sources for Student Experiences in Africa

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.

Title Description Eligibility Award Sponsor
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