CAS Fellowships

The Center directly administers several fellowships for graduate students and one for undergraduates. The Spring 2018 deadline for all graduate grants is 12 February; for undergraduates the deadline is 1 March 2018.  (For all CAS applications: You must be logged in with CalNet ID on browser to access application links).

Andrew and Mary Thompson Rocca Fellowship 

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

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

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

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 Deadline for submission: Friday, April 3, 2020.


Other CAS Fellowships

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.