January Term (J-Term) Grants


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 29, 2018 at 11.59pm

  • CARAT online application form

  • Current unofficial transcript

  • Current resume

  • 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

  • Detailed budget

  • 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 by the grant deadline.