Student Opportunities

The Center for African Studies provides a number of funding opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students from all departments at the University of Illinois.


Foreign Language Enhancement Program (FLEP)

A program of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) . Supports summer language coursework for students pursuing a graduate degree at one of the twelve participating CIC institutions listed below. Study may be undertaken at any other CIC institution.

Conference Travel Grants

The Center for African Studies offers travel grant awards of up to $200 to UIUC graduate students who are presenting papers at academic conferences. The paper presented must be relevant to African Studies.


Proposals should include information about the conference, location, the paper, and a budget for expenses, including funding from other sources. Please indicate basic information about yourself (department, current academic program, and relevance of the conference to your work). Send application materials to Dr. Maimouna Barro.

Paper Prizes

If offered, graduate or undergraduate students can win prizes for papers through our annual competitions.