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 (8) weeks in Africa. Our grant awards cover round-trip travel and a modest stipend. Applications and/or any missing components received after the deadline are not considered.


  • Applicant must be a full-time student at Harvard.

  • Applicant’s purpose of travel must be for thesis research, internship opportunity, volunteer work or study abroad.

  • Research/work/study must take place in any African country (check Harvard student travel policies for any restrictions).

  • Minimum duration of travel is eight weeks.

For research applications ONLY:

  • 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).

  • Applicant must have completed two African Studies-related courses (be explicit about these courses, and their relevance, in application; see Funding FAQs for more information.)


DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm (EST)

  • Completed CARAT application form.

  • 750 word proposal

  • Current unofficial transcript

  • Current resume

  • Detailed itinerary, including expected flight dates and plans for use of time while in Africa

  • Detailed budget

  • Two letters of recommendation: May be emailed or mailed directly to the Center for African Studies Student Support & Outreach Officer at 1280 Massachusetts Ave., 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA

  • Internship applications ONLY: Letter of support from sponsoring organization