Africana Studies Awards to South Africa and Swaziland

For Summer Study Abroad in South Africa and Swaziland

Who Can Apply?: 


The competitive Africana Studies Award Fund benefits UA undergraduate students in good standing who are declared majors in Africana Studies who wish to participate in the summer study abroad program in South Africa and Swaziland sponsored by Africana Studies. See the program's description HERE


Competitive awards may be awarded in the summer 2015 to participate in the Africana Studies’ Summer Program in South Africa and Swaziland (Up to two awards of $8,500 each) 

Required: Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75; 1 statement of intent (1-2 pages on why you are applying for this award? How do you plan to use it?); 1 unofficial copy of your transcripts; 2 letters of recommendation from supporting faculty members; must be a declared major in Africana Studies with a minimum of 9 units of AFAS completed (including a minimum of 6 AFAS units at 300 and/or 400 levels) at the time of application; recipients must use the award during the summer immediately following date of the award. Please submit statement of intent, letters of recommendation, and complete your online application for study abroad program no later than February 13, 2015, 5pm, to Ms. Marcela Thompson (
 Professors must email their letter of recommendation directly to Marcela Thompson.

Africana Studies Summer Program in South Africa and Swaziland Info HERE

Africana Studies Major Requirements & Advising HERE

To declare a major in Africana Studies, email your student ID number to

Process and Selection

The Africana Studies Award Fund Selection Committee reviews applications and meets in person once, no later than February 28, to make a final selection. The Selection Committee decides on the final number of awards based on the Fund’s balance and on the quality of applications. On any given year, the Selection Committee may decide not to give any award.  Awards are announced in early March.


Full-time Student,Prospective Participant in Summer Program

Value of Scholarship: 

Two awards of $8,500 each

Application Available: 

Fall February 13