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ASLA_Group.jpgSupporting African Studies

The African Studies Center works with its 96 Core Faculty members in 46 different departments to help educate students, local and global communities about Africa. We are committed to the generation of new problem-solving knowledge about Africa through our support of research, print publications and digital media presentations. We seek to enhance the dissemination of clear concise and contextualized information about Africa to the public, and to work with local community organizations whose focus is on Africa. The Center is also committed to the teaching of African languages, and to the training of a diverse cadre of future experts. 

As the need for the type of work we do continues to grow, additional funding can help enhance and expand our capacity to accomplish much more. Your support can contribute significantly to the Center and the University’s efforts to advance the development and presentation of information to the public about the social, political and economic dynamics of the African continent.

Nnamdi Azikiwe Research Fellowship

International African students studying at MSU have limited opportunities to apply for grants and fellowships to conduct research in Africa. These opportunities are usually reserved for United States citizens and permanent residents. We have therefore designed The Nnamdi Azikiwe Fellowship to support international African students’ travel to Africa for research, or to attend academic conferences and meetings.

Donate to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Research Fellowship here.

African Studies Center Endowment

The African Studies Center Endowment is used to pay for general operational expenses of the Center. If you wish to make a directed gift to a specific area or cause, please contact our Director, Dr. Jamie Monson at monsonj(at) .

Donate to the African Studies Center Endowment here.

Educational Resources Fund

Our Exploring Africa online teaching resource is available at the suggested donation of $10 or more. We use these funds to update the teaching materials and to generate new information and topics. We encourage more donations so that we can hire graduate students to work on the maintenance and continuous improvement of the resource.

Visit the Exploring Africa website to learn more about the resource.

Donate to the Educational Resources Fund here.

African Activist Archive Project

The African Activist Archive is preserving and making available online, the records of activism in the United States to support the struggles of African peoples against colonialism, apartheid, and social injustice from the 1950s through the 1990s. The website includes digitized pamphlets, newsletters, leaflets, buttons, posters, T-shirts, photographs, and audio and video recordings. Personal remembrances, interviews with activists and an international directory of collections deposited in libraries and archives are also included.

Collaborating with activists across the U.S. who supported African liberation struggles, this online archive has more than 10,000 items. The project also assists individuals and groups to deposit their collections in public repositories, including the African Activist Archive collections in the Michigan State University Libraries.

You can learn more about the African Activist Archive Project on their website.

Donate to the African Activist Archive Project here.

Contributions by mail:

Please make checks payable to Michigan State University, and specify which fund you would like to give to in the memo line.

MSU University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824


Daniel Spadafore
Senior Director of International Advancement
International Studies and Programs
Phone: (517) 884-6789