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Graduate Certificates in African Studies FLAS Academic Year Fellowships KiSwahili Group Project Abroad (GPA) in Tanzania NEW Graduate Programs Brochure (PDF)

Graduate students at MSU produced more dissertations on Africa than any other U.S. university from 1988 to 2005, especially in anthropology, history, economics and agricultural economics, geography, sociology, political science, education, linguistics and languages, and natural science.

More than 150 African-specialist faculty work in 12 colleges and 45 departments across the MSU campus. Many of these faculty give priority to mentoring graduate students.

The African Language Program offers up to 30 languages to meet the needs of each graduate student's research plans. Nine to 12 African languages have been taught annually at MSU during the past five years, enabling MSU students to conduct predissertation or dissertation research in 20 African countries: Congo Republic, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Graduate students may enter programs leading to a Ph.D. graduate certificate or an M.A./M.S. Concentration in African Studies while pursuing departmental majors in social science, arts and letters, and professional fields in Agriculture and Natural Resources; Business; Education; Human, Osteopathic, and Veterinary Medicine; Communication Arts and Sciences; Human Ecology; and Law.


MSU graduate students studying Africa receive approximately $2.3 million each year in support from MSU fellowships, research grants, and teaching and research assistantships.

Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Applications are due in mid-January for the Title VI FLAS Fellowships, which offer $33,000 for tuition, fees, and a stipend for an academic year, and $7,500 for Summer FLAS Fellowships for Intensive African Language Study.