African Studies Research Grant

Summer International Travel Grant (SITG)
A youth dance troupe performs in Johannesburg, South Africa

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 Dana Currier

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Grants in the amount of $5,000 each will be awarded to students in their third year who will spend six to eight weeks conducting research in Africa. Applications need to indicate a related topic for the BA paper and specific research goals for the summer.

    To find out more about Summer International Travel Grants, attend one of the following SITG Info Sessions (both sessions will include the same content):

    • SITG General Info Session
      Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 6:00–7:00 PM CST
      Zoom details were emailed to first-, second-, and third-year students.
    • SITG General Info Session
      Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 5:00–6:00 PM CST
      Zoom details will be emailed to first-, second-, and third-year students.

    To read about research projects that have been funded in the past you can search the SITG Evaluations Database by grant title. Log in to access the evaluations database.

    Note for those applying to a country or region of elevated risk:
    You will need to schedule a travel advisory meeting to discuss the petition process for special approval to be eligible for funding. For additional details and for information on countries and regions of elevated risk, please consult the University’s Travel Advisory Policy. You are also required to submit an additional paragraph in your statement of purpose detailing why study abroad in this country is important to your research or language study.

    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 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.

    • To apply for a Summer International Travel Grant please complete the online application.
    • Note that you can only be awarded one Summer International Travel Grant in a given year.
    • One recommendation is required as a part of the online application. For a FLAG application this recommendation would ideally come from your language instructor or a faculty member with regional expertise. For research grants, the recommendation should be from a faculty member familiar with your research plans and with expertise in the proposed region or topic of research. You will be prompted to enter your recommender's name and email address in the online application.
    • Please note that the research grant application will ask you to submit a résumé, which you will want to have ready ahead of time.

    All applications must be submitted online by February 04, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

    All students will receive notification of the status of their application(s) via email by the beginning of Spring Quarter.

    To discuss the Summer International Travel Grant Program and the application process, please contact