Special Projects Travel Grant

*Special Projects Travel Grants are currently on hold for the 2020-2021 academic year given Harvard's current travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Please check our website frequently for updates. In lieu of our Special Projects Travel Grants, CAS has created Semester Research and Research-Based Internship Grants for both remote and field work. Please review the Semester Research  and Research-Based Internship Grant guidelines and application details for more information.*

The Center for African Studies offers funding to Harvard undergraduate students traveling to Africa for special projects. This grant is intended for students traveling for a group-organized academic project. All students must apply individually and demonstrate that travel to the African continent is relevant to their academic and/or career goals. There is no minimum duration of travel; however, grants will be awarded based on the project plan and feasibility within the proposed timeframe. Grant awards are limited and intended to supplement the costs of round-trip travel and modest accommodations and meals. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate a clear and well-planned budget, a detailed daily schedule, and how their trip is relevant to their own academic and or career goals.

The Special Projects Travel Grant is available for J-Term, Spring Break, and Summer travel to Africa. CAS may also award grants for travel for conference presentations throughout the calendar year. All applicants must meet with Lindsay Moats, Students Support and Outreach Officer, prior to applying for the grant to discuss projects. Email Lindsay at lmoats@fas.harvard.edu to schedule a meeting.

Maximum grant award amounts per funding period (per student):

  • J-Term: $2,000
  • Spring Break: $1,000
  • Summer: $3,000

Please click the Application Tab and Eligibility Tab below for more information on deadlines and requirements.


  • Full-time Harvard undergraduate student with clear academic or professional interest in Africa
  • Travel to African continent only – purpose of travel for “special project” relevant to students professional and/or academic goals
  •  All students are required to meet with Lindsay Moats, Student Support & Outreach Officer, to discuss project eligibility prior to applying for the grant
  • All students must demonstrate a clear travel schedule and budget
  • Preference given to students who have completed two-African Studies related courses and/or students who have traveled to Africa previously
  • All students must apply by the posted application deadlines below and complete all necessary travel documentation required by Harvard Global Support Services
  • Students traveling for a group project must apply individually. CAS does not guarantee that all students on group travel will receive a grant for the same project. Because of this, we recommend submitting separate budgets, itineraries, and personal statements. (See application instructions)

Application: (We are not accepting applications for Special Projects Travel Grants for the 2020-2021 academic year at this time. *Please see above.)

  • Application deadlines vary per funding period. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please pay close attention to the deadlines below:
    • For Spring Break 2020 Travel: Application Deadline February 1, 2020 at 11:59pm
    • For Summer 2020 Travel: Application Deadline March 15, 2020 at 11:59pm
    • For Conference Presentation Travel:  Application due 45 days prior to departure date
    • For J-Term 2021: October 15, 2020
  • *All students must schedule a meeting with Lindsay Moats, Student Support & Outreach Officer, prior to applying to discuss project eligibility*
  • CARAT Online Application Form
  • Current unofficial transcript
  • Current resume/CV
  • 750 word travel proposal that includes how travel is relevant to your academic and/or professional goals
  • Detailed daily itinerary, including flight and accommodation plans. See "Sample Itinerary" in resources tab below
  • Detailed budget, including amount of personal funds allocated. See “Sample Budget” in resources tab below
  • One letter of recommendation from a Harvard faculty member or advisor who is familiar with your project. Please note that recommendation letters MUST be submitted by the application deadline. CAS will not follow up with references on your behalf and will only review complete applications.
  • If working with another organization or traveling for a conference, please provide letter of support from sponsoring organization, conference invitation and web address with conference/organization details.