Rosberg/Geist Undergraduate Research

Application Instructions and Forms (link)

Deadline, Friday, 26 February 2021


The Center for African Studies is pleased to announce the 2021 competition for an undergraduate fellowship of up to $3,000 to support travel to Africa for research and study. The award is a memorial to Carl Rosberg (1923-1996), former professor of Political Science, Director of the Institute of International Studies, and founder of the Center for African Studies at the University of California at Berkeley; and to his student, Judith Geist, who followed in his footsteps with her work in East Africa.

Eligibility: Current UC Berkeley Undergraduate Students with an interest in Africa who will be registered in the 2021-2022 academic year (i.e., one must return to campus as a registered student following the research trip). Priority will be given to 1) students with training in African studies and foreign languages, particularly African languages, and 2) students with demonstrated financial need who otherwise would not be able to travel to the African continent.

Funding: Fellowships of up to $3,000 are available to defray the costs of travel to Africa to conduct research focused on Africa-related topics. Generally, such travel will take place during summer, but other arrangements, such as during winter break, may be possible. If costs are to exceed $3,000, students are expected to find additional funds to cover the balance.

Read about the projects of previous recipients here.

Read The Art of Writing Proposals (Pzreworski & Saloman) and visit our Tips for Researchers page for help on preparing your application.

Visit the Undergraduate Research Office for links to other research funding opportunities and support for UC Berkeley undergraduates.

Rosberg/Geist Fellowship Committee
Center for African Studies, University of California, Berkeley
342/356 Stephens Hall #2314  Berkeley, CA 94720-2314
Phone: 510.642.8338

Learn more about Carl Rosberg

Learn more about Judy Geist

Give to the Rosberg/Geist Undergraduate Award Fund.

In the online form, under item 4 "Additional details about my support…," write "For the Rosberg/Geist Fund" in special instructions box.