CAS Fellowships

The Center directly administers several fellowships for graduate students and one for undergraduates. The Spring 2020 deadline for all graduate grants is 10 February; for undergraduates the deadline is 28 February 2020.  (For all CAS applications: You must be logged in with CalNet ID on browser to access application links).

Andrew and Mary Thompson Rocca Fellowship 

Deadline for submission: Monday, 10 February, 2020

The Center for African Studies offers two types of Rocca fellowships providing funding to UC Berkeley graduate students at different points in their study.

Emeka Kalu Ezera Fellowship

Deadline for submission: Monday, 10 February, 2020

The Center also administers the Emeka Kalu Ezera Fellowship in African Studies. All fellowships are available to UC Berkeley graduate students at the field research stage of their studies.

Rosberg/Geist Fellowship for Undergraduates

Deadline for submission: Friday, 28 February, 2020

A fellowship of up to $3,000 to support undergraduate travel to Africa for research and study.

NEW: Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis in African Studies

Deadline for submission: Friday, April 3, 2020.

A prize of $250 will be awarded to the best senior thesis written by a UC Berkeley undergraduate on a topic related to Africa. The thesis can be wrtitten in any discipline or major. Applicants must submit an online application form, along with submitting a copy of the paper or theis and a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor to

Africa Research Travel Grant

Africa Research Travel Grant (Graduate Students Only) Deadline: Monday, 10 February, 2020

The Center for African Studies has received a grant to support travel to Africa countries for research. With these grant funds, we are pleased to offer a few small grants awards ($500 - $2500) to help cover costs for graduate student research travel to Africa in 2020.

*To access this CAS application form, you first must be logged into a browser with a CalNet ID.

Application (link)

Other CAS Fellowships

Summer African Language Study Grant (inactive currently)

Cowell Fellowship (inactive currently)

The Center also administered the Cowell Fellowship that was specifically for Ph.D. Graduates Students at the University of Dar es Salaam. The Fellowship receipent spent 6 to 12 months at UC Berkeley working with a UC Berkeley faculty mentor, taking courses (especially proseminar and methodological courses), and conducting research using library and archival resources unavailable at UDS. Upon completion of the year at Berkeley, the Fellows returned to Tanzania and completed their degrees.