African Studies Research Grant

Photo: The Bornfrees, Johannesburg
Final App Deadline: 
Friday, February 9, 2018
Language Requirement: 
Elana Kranz

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

SITG Information Meetings

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

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. / Social Sciences 122
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. / Location TBD
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. / Location TBD

Special Note: The University of Chicago’s assumption is against travel to countries bearing a State Department Travel Warning. Undergraduate students may petition for an exemption to this policy. Prior to submitting your general petition form, you must meet with Sarah Walter, Associate Dean for International Education. Since the conversation with Dean Walter may affect your plans, please schedule your appointment well in advance by contacting Naomi Patschke at View a list of travel warning countries.


Eligible students are those 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 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