The Center for African Studies offers full-time Harvard students grants for research to be conducted during the January term (J-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 they support only well-focused, faculty-supported research projects.
Applicant must be a full-time Harvard student.
Applicant must have completed two African Studies-related courses (be explicit about these courses, and their relevance, in application; See Grant FAQ for more details).
CAS J-Term grant supports research-only activities related to academic requirement for a registered Harvard course.
Research must be 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 may be conducted in any African country (check Harvard student travel policies for any restrictions).
Research project must have a minimum duration of three weeks.
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 11th, 2016
CARAT online application form
Current unofficial transcript
500 word proposal, including a description of the research/project you are planning to work on in January, and whether or not it is continued research from prior time spent in Africa
List of at least two African Studies-related courses you have taken.
Detailed Itinerary, including expected flight dates and plans for use of time while in Africa
Two letters of recommendation (One letter of recommendation must be from the Harvard faculty member that has approved the project you are working on.)
Undergraduates should submit their application through the CARAT online system. Letters of recommendation should also be submitted through CARAT.