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The Africa Center Graduate Student Research Scholarships

The Africa Center is accepting applications for student research scholarships focused on African social and/or environmental sustainability. The research can be conducted at CSU or in Africa. An award of $2500 will be made in Spring 2023 that recognizes student commitment to African research excellence and impact on the world. Funds will be deposited into students’ accounts for tuition, fees, travel to the field, equipment, or supplies for research.  Funded students will present a poster of their research achievements to the Africa Center in Fall 2023.

Criteria for this scholarship:

  • Open to (current/enrolled) graduate students from all majors and colleges
  • Research may be new or ongoing; if the research is ongoing, please indicate the value added to this scholarship.
  • Research is significant to Africa’s sustainability and shows an exceptional presentation, approach, and content quality.

To Apply:

  • Submit a single-page, single-spaced of the following: Name, Department, Advisor, Title, description of the research, a budget, and how the research contributes to the sustainability of African societies, environments, economies, and the student’s educational goals.
  • A brief supporting letter from the nominee’s academic advisor via email for the project is required.
  • A successful proposal will clearly demonstrate how the research is linked to African social or environmental sustainability and student goals. It must show how the funds requested correspond to the research proposed.

Submit applications to The deadline is March 31, at 5 pm. Decisions will be made by the Africa Center’s Research Awards Committee within four weeks. 

Research Funding & Opportunities

Fulbright Scholars

The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. 

National Geographic

The National Geographic Society currently offers three types of grant applications—Early Career, Exploration, and Requests for Proposals. National Geographic welcomes applications from around the globe and seeks to build a community of explorers that reflects the rich diversity of our world.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions

Study Abroad Opportunities

CSU Office of International Programs

Education abroad opportunities exist in nearly any country of the world. From animal production in France or intensive language in China, to field research in Costa Rica or media practice in Europe – the possibilities are endless! Education Abroad offers a step-by step process of how to study abroad with CSU! 

School of International Training

 SIT offers more than 80 programs that reach more than 60 countries worldwide, including comparative programs that visit multiple countries. Choose your theme, format, language, and duration, with options for undergraduate research and internships. Their programs are interdisciplinary and open to a wide variety of majors.

School for Field Studies

Since 1980, SFS has offered programs that are based in locations and ecosystems grappling with critical environmental issues such as climate change. Their programs are intense, invigorating, and fulfilling and are delivered by an all-star team of faculty and staff. Students on SFS’s programs examine firsthand the environmental issues faced by host communities, gaining important research skills, making lifelong friends, and contributing to a growing body of international environmental research.

Jobs and Internships

United Nations Careers

This job board includes all current openings at the United Nations, many of which have a focus in sustainable development in Africa. UN Careers includes positions from higher level management to internships. 

Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. Each program has different time commitments and requirements but all offer the opportunity to serve abroad.

Careers with IUCN

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together. This listing has all of the job vacancies with the ICUN, many of which are in Africa. 

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