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Financial Support

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

Faculty Matching Travel Funding

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.

Apply for faculty matching travel funding.

Student Matching Travel Funding

The African Studies Center has limited funds available to assist students with travel expenses related to research and presenting at scholarly conferences. These funds will provide partial support of travel costs. The applicant's college, department, and other sources will be expected to share the costs of travel expenses.

Apply for student matching travel funding.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are awarded to students enrolled in a program that combines the study of a modern foreign language with advanced training in international development studies or in the international development aspects of professional or other fields of study.

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.

Faculty Summer Course Development

The African Studies Center is pleased to announce that there is summer funding available for faculty. The purpose of these awards is to support the development of new African studies courses or to expand the Africa content of existing courses. These awards are open to all full-time MSU faculty members. Funding for this initiative is provided by our U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center grant.

Proposals (one page) and budgets are due April 12, 2019. Awards will be in the range of $3,000-5,000 in summer salary.

Please submit proposals electronically to Lisa Hinds at hindslis(at)

They will be distributed to the selection committee for review.

ASA Travel Funding for  African Studies Core Faculty at MSU

ASA conference awards are provided to core faculty members presenting at the Annual African Studies Association Conference. Award amount is $ 500 and is meant to defray costs, not to subsidize the entire trip. 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.

Apply for ASA Travel Funding.