African Studies Research Grant

Photo of wandering elephants
Final App Deadline: 
Friday, February 9, 2018
Language Requirement: 
None
Coordinator: 
Elana Kranz
Quarter(s): 
Summer

Grants in the amount of $4,000 each will be awarded to students in their third year who will spend a minimum of eight weeks conducting research in Africa. Applications need to indicate a related topic for the BA paper and specific research goals for the summer.

Prospective Applicants

Program and Research Evaluations by previous award winners

To read about research projects that have been funded in the past you can search the database by grant title. Access the evaluations database by logging in at sitgapp.uchicago.edu.

SITG Information Meetings

To find out more about Summer International Travel Grants, attend one of the following Information Meetings:

Special Note: The State Department monitors conditions around the world and assigns each country a Travel Advisory with important security information. The Travel Advisory appears at the top of each country page, with a color corresponding to each level:

In addition to the overall Travel Advisory, specific locations within a country may have additional Advisories in effect.

The University of Chicago’s working assumption is that travel to countries or regions with a US Department of State Level 3 or Level 4 Advisory is not permitted for undergraduate participants.

Undergraduate students may petition for an exemption to this policy.

The following items will be needed for the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee (SARSAC) to review requests for an exception:

  • Travel Advisory meeting with a Dean in the College. Please email Naomi Patschke at nap@uchicago.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • A one- to two-page written petition detailing the proposed activity to be conducted in the desired country. The petition should address the risks of the locale and present a thoughtful plan to address adversity that might arise. Students are advised to include information about prior travel, language skills, local support resources (embassy, friends, family, etc.), and other experiences that will inform the proposed travel. The petition must also give a reasonable justification that the experience cannot be obtained in another country or region that does not bear a Level 3 or Level 4 Advisory.
  • A Waiver, signed by the student and a parent or legal guardian.

Eligibility

Eligible students are undergraduate students registered at the University of Chicago for the spring quarter before the summer they go abroad and will be registered the following fall quarter. Students taking a leave of absence before or after the grant period should contact sitg@uchicago.edu to discuss whether their case merits an exception to the spring- or fall-quarter registration requirement.

Research grants are primarily for third-year students in the College, but exceptional second-year students and fourth-year students who plan to spend part or all of a fifth year in the College are also eligible to apply.

If you are interested and eligible to apply for a grant, continue on to the application process.

What you’ll see: 

Photo: The Bornfrees, JohannesburgPhoto: The Bornfrees, JohannesburgPhoto: The Bornfrees, JohannesburgPhoto: The Bornfrees, JohannesburgPhoto of wandering elephantsPhoto of Cape Town, South Africa shared by Alexis Matthews, ’18