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Nnamdi Azikiwe Award Application

The African Studies Center is pleased to announce the Nnamdi Azikiwe International African Student Fellowship! A fellowship of up to $2,000 to support MSU international African students travel to Africa for research. The award honors former Nigerian President Nnamdi Azikiwe, a scholar and politician, who led Nigeria as its first civilian president and who invited MSU faculty to join him and other Nigerians to build a land-grant model university in Eastern Nigeria. This became the University of Nigeria at Nsukka, had a distinguished educational history, and was the beginnings of the MSU African Studies faculty, now approximately 100 scholars spanning many colleges and departments. 


The African Studies Center recognizes that international African students studying at MSU have limited opportunities to apply for grants and fellowships to conduct research in Africa - usually reserved for citizens and permanent residents of the United States. For this reason,

  • Only African undergraduate or graduate students conducting research in Africa are eligible for this fellowship.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in an MSU degree-granting program, and awardees must return to MSU as registered students in the semester following the award. 
  • Priority will be given to students in good academic standing and with demonstrated financial need. 
  • Applicants must successfully complete any MSU requirements related to doing research abroad (IRB training for instance) 
  • Fellowship recipients must write and submit a report (3 to 5 pages) to the African Studies Center within one month of their return from Africa. 


One or more fellowships of up to $ 2,000 will be awarded for travel and/or fieldwork expenses in Africa. Funds are meant to defray costs, applicants should specify all other funding sources.

Selection Process

The fellowship program is administered by the African Studies Center. Selection of winners is determined by an African Studies Award Selection Committee with members appointed by the Center Director. The submission window is from September 1st to October 30th.


Have you received funding from the African Studies Center in the past four years? *

Submit a proposal that includes the following:

Cover letter
1. Explain interest in the fellowship and how it furthers your scholarly interests.
2. Describe research topic and its significance
3. What activities are proposed for this trip?
4. What outcomes are expected from these activities and this trip?
5. Who are the MSU faculty involved in the project?
6. With which department and/or college at MSU and abroad will you collaborate?
7. Dates to be spent in country/region.
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Curriculum vitae or Resume
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At least one letter of recommendation speaking to the value of your project and the quality of your work. Recommender should send the letter directly to ascfunds(at)
I have or will successfully complete all MSU requirements related to doing research abroad (IRB training for instance) *
If granted this fellowship, I will write and submit a reoport (3-5 pages) to the African Studies Center within one month of my return from Africa *

Date of Submission

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