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Applications for Faculty Programs

The center provides support for African research, forging international partnerships, conference attendance, and more for both students and faculty.


Faculty Grants

The African Studies Center at Michigan State University offers multiple Africa-related grants. MSU Faculty can apply for:

  • Curriculum Development Grants
  • Strategic Partnership Grants
  • Special Programming Grants

You'll find more information about eligibility and the different grants in the linked PDF here. Scroll to the bottom of the two page document to find the application!

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Travel Funding for African Studies Core Faculty Members

Conference awards are provided to Core Faculty members to defray costs for domestic conference expenses on topics related to Africa. Award amount is up to $1,000. Previous funding of applicant is considered in funding decisions. Funding for these awards is provided by our US Department of Education National Resource Center grant.

Strategic Travel Funding for Faculty

Matching travel grants are available from ISP's area studies centers to strengthen strategic partnerships with particular universities and institutions of higher education and research, focused on themes in which a critical mass of MSU faculty are engaged. These partnerships will generally involve multiple departments and/or colleges at MSU. Collaborations that link Arts and Letters or Social Science faculty to the STEM and health disciplines are especially encouraged.

Partnerships may involve collaborative research, regular exchange of faculty and students, co-developed distance learning courses, co-sponsored dual degree or sandwich programs, and other forms of cooperation that build the institutional partnership.

Request for Membership to African Studies Core Faculty

The African Studies Center at MSU is a multi-disciplinary administrative unit designed to encourage, coordinate, and disseminate academic knowledge relevant to understanding the African continent and to coordinate faculty and students in those goals.

The Core Faculty consist of faculty of Michigan State University holding the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, or librarian, who have a continuing professional focus on the study of Africa.

If you are interested in becoming a Core Faculty member, please fill out the application.

We look forward to welcoming new members!

Guest Speaker Nomination

Eye on Africa is the weekly seminar series of the African Studies Center at MSU. This public seminar aims to provide academicians, policy-makers, applied practitioners, students, and the interested public with cutting-edge and highly contextualized knowledge about the African continent. African Studies Core Faculty members wishing to bring a speaker in the series are invited to fill out and submit the application.

Event Co-Sponsorship

The African Studies Center (ASC) collaborates with units at MSU to co-sponsor events relevant to the Center’s mission. Please fill out and submit the application below if requesting financial support from ASC for your event.

Alliance for African Partnership

The Michigan State University Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) invites proposals from diverse disciplinary perspectives that address the priority areas of agrifood systems; water, energy and the environment; youth employment; education; cultural heritage development; and health and nutrition.