Awards and Scholarships

$500 travel grant awarded to Tewodros Wakie, PhD

The Africa Center awarded Tewodros Wakie, PhD graduate from the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, a $500 travel grant to present part of his research at the Ecological Society of America Centennial Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on Tuesday, August 11, 2015. Tewodros’ graduate research focused on a species of mesquite, a shrub native to the Americas, but highly invasive in many other parts of the world - particularly in Africa. Also known by its genus name as Prosopis, the shrub spreads across semi-arid rangelands displacing native vegetation, altering ecosystem processes and disrupting traditional pastoral livelihoods.

Tewodros presented an economic analysis that compared the costs of eradication to different markets of utilization such as charcoal production. His graduate research was conducted in the Afar Region of northern Ethiopia, and he has already published two peer-reviewed scientific paper related to this work and has one other in review.

Apply for an Award from the Richard A. Horovitz Fund for Professional Development

Deadline: May 21, 2017 | Request an Application

The Horovitz Fund is dedicated to African artists and scholars in the humanities and social sciences.  Award winner(s) receive funds to defray educational costs, and applications are now open for the 2017-18 academic year. The amount of the award varies depending on the endowment's market performance, but normally ranges from $6,000 to $12,000.  The award may be used to cover thesis research, tuition, living costs, etc. Qualified applicants must be citizens of a sub-Saharan African country; a graduate student, researcher, or artist in a humanities or social science program at an accredited U.S. university, cultural or artistic institution (on an F or J visa); demonstrate academic achievement and financial need; and not be currently funded by an established education grant program. Qualified candidates should contact Horovitz@iie.org to request an application.