Student Funding

The Center for African Studies is deeply committed to being a valuable resource for Harvard’s students – across schools and disciplines – both on campus  and on the African Continent. Through research, language and experiential grants, CAS continues to expand opportunities for students to advance their research or to gain experience, in both formal and informal settings.

2019 - 2020 Deadlines

January Term (J-Term) Grants October 29th, 2019 at 5pm 
Special Projects Travel Grant Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year but must be submitted at least 45 days prior to travel date. For J-Term/Winter Break Travel, applications are due November 11th at 11:59pm.
Harvard Student Group Grants

Due 2 weeks prior to the event/project date and before the following deadlines: 
Fall semester deadline: November 30th, 2019 at 5pm
Spring semester deadline: April 15th, 2020 at 5pm

Summer Grants February 12th, 2020 at 5pm
Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (Academic Year)

Incoming graduate student applications: December 31st, 2019 at 5pm

Continuing Harvard graduate student applications: January 15th, 2020 at 5pm

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (Summer) February 12th, 2020 at 5pm

funding opportunities for Harvard Students

January Term (J-Term) Research Grants

The Center for African Studies offers grants for graduate and undergraduate thesis research conducted during the January term, between fall and spring semesters. 

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Academic Year 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 tuition and stipend support.

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SUMMER 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 summer tuition and stipend support.

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Harvard Student Group Grants

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.

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Summer Grants

The Center for African Studies offers funding to Harvard students traveling to Africa for thesis research, internships, volunteer work or study abroad. Grants require a minimum stay of eight weeks in Africa.  

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 Special Projects Travel Grant

The Center for African Studies offers funding to Harvard undergraduate students traveling to Africa for special projects, including: presenting at conferences, volunteer work, and organized student group travel with an academic focus.

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