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CAS Fellowships

The Center directly administers several fellowships for graduate students and one for undergraduates. We also have a seed grant program for faculty.

CAS Fellowship and Award Deadlines for 2022:

Undergraduate:

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) for Summer 2022 and Academic Year 2022-23:   CAS Only Extention: Monday, 14 February*
  • Geist and Rosberg Fellowship Application:  Friday, 25 February
  • Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis in African Studies: Friday, 6 May

Graduate:

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) for Summer 2022 and Academic Year 2022-23:   CAS Only Extention: Monday, 14 February*
  • Rocca PreDissertation and Dissertation Fellowships: Monday, 7 February
  • Emeku Kalu Ezera Fellowship: Monday, 7 February
  • Africa Research Travel GrantWe do not anticipate awarding this in 2022

 (For all CAS applications: You must be logged in with CalNet ID on browser to access application links).

* The SLATE FLAS application indicates the 31 January deadline because the other area studies programs at UC Berkeley also offer FLAS grants. It will remain open for CAS applications until the extended deadline.

Faculty:

  • Mastercard Foundation Faculty Seed Grant Program: Tuesday, March 1

Andrew and Mary Thompson Rocca Dissertation Research in Advanced Studies on Africa

Fellowships of up to $6,000 are offered to support student scholars at the advanced graduate level concentrating in African Studies.

Andrew and Mary Thompson Rocca Pre-Dissertation Research in Advanced Studies on Africa

Fellowships of up to $4,000 are offered to support preliminary research fieldwork for PhD graduate students who intend to return to the Berkeley campus and prepare dissertation research proposals on topics relevant to African Studies.

Emeka Kalu Ezera Fellowship

The Ezera Fellowship of up to $1,000 is offered to support UC Berkeley doctoral students who are citizens of African countries concentrating in African Studies.

Geist and Rosberg Fellowships for Undergraduates

Fellowships of up to $3,000 are awarded as a memorial to Carl Rosberg, founder of Berkeley's Center for African Studies and a pioneer in the study of African politics, and Judith Geist, who earned a PhD from Berkeley's Political Science Department and followed in Rosberg's footsteps with her work in East Africa.

Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis in African Studies

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 written in any discipline or major. Applicants must submit an online application form, along with submitting a copy of the paper or thesis and a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor to asc@berkeley.edu.

Mastercard Foundation Faculty Seed Grant Program

The UC Berkeley Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program Seed Grant will provide two seed grants each year of up to $10,000 to promote cross-partner collaborations and capacity building efforts with African institutions that align with the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategic plan.

Africa Research Travel Grant (inactive currently)

Africa Research Travel Grant (Graduate Students Only)

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.

*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.