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African Studies Institute

African Studies Institute

African Studies Institute at OU.

The African Studies Institute at the University of Oklahoma is an emerging, interdisciplinary center dedicated to research and the study of Africa, as well as building a community of those interested in Africa in the state of Oklahoma.

The Africa Studies Institute is a part of vibrant and growing resources in Middle East and North Africa studies at the University of Oklahoma. For more information on these resources and programs, visit our new MENA at OU page.

Events & Announcements

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2024 African Studies Institute Student Research Grant

We're pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2024 African Studies Institute Student Research Grant!

In the interest of promoting African studies and supporting student research at the University of Oklahoma, the African Studies Institute will provide a Student Research Grant of up to $1,000 to support independent student

research or creative activity related to African studies. The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at the University of Oklahoma.
  • Are you interested in conducting independent research or producing creative work about Africa/African Studies themes?
  • Engaged in ongoing research/creative activity relevant to the continent?
  • Traveling to Africa and hoping to conduct research or study a particular topic while there?
  • Planning to apply for a nationally competitive scholarship to Africa, and need to craft a research idea?
  • Looking for travel support to present research/creative scholarship related to African studies at a conference?

If “yes,” The African Studies Institute wants YOU to apply!

Application Requirements

  • Proposal (two pages maximum, single-spaced, 12 point font) describing the research/creative project clearly, explaining its significance to African studies and explaining how it will contribute to the student’s professional or academic development.
  • CV or Resume
  • Itemized budget
  • One letter of recommendation (emailed by the recommender directly)

Members of the scholarships committee are available to help applicants prepare a budget, craft a compelling proposal, and prepare a CV or resume. Please contact Drs. Andreana Prichard ( AND Claire Nicholas ( at least a week before the deadline for assistance.

Apply Now

Deadline: March 15, 2024


Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Drs. Prichard and/or Nicholas by the recommender

Applicants will be notified of decisions by April 4, 2024. Applicants selected for funding will be required to submit a report to the African Studies Institute executive committee at the end of research/creative project, including a report of how funds were expended, due by May 31, 2025.


Video of "Drinking as a Site of Consumptive Political Fantasying: Alcohol, Conflict, & Development in Ethiopia," with Christina Tekie Collins, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University, March 23, 2023.

Video of "Military Coups and Human Rights in Africa," with Sètondji Roland Adjovi, International Law Specialist, March 8, 2022.

Video of "Precolonial Legacies in Contemporary Public Goods Delivery: Evidence from Decentralized West Africa" with Martha Wilfahrt, February 24, 2022.

Global BLM student roundtable, held Thursday, September 17, 2020



Thomas Fenn
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Rita Keresztesi
Professor, Department of English


Natalie Letsa
Wick Cary Asst. Professor of Political Economy, Dept. of International & Area Studies

Loretta Bass
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Organizing Director, African Studies Institute
Meta G. Carstarphen
Professor, Gaylord College of Journalism & Communication
Affiliate Faculty, Clara Luper Department of
African & African-American Studies

Jeanette R. Davidson

Professor, Clara Luper Department of African & African-American
Zermarie Deacon
Associate Professor, Department of Human
Kalenda EatonAssociate Professor, Clara Luper Department of African & African-American
Lewis EliotAssociate Professor, Department of
Greg A. Graham
Associate Professor, Clara Luper Department of African & African-American
Betty J. Harris 
Professor, Department of
John C. Harris
Associate Professor, Division of Regional and City Planning, Christopher C. Gibbs College of
Karlos K. Hill
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Clara Luper Department of African & African-American
Daniel Mains
Associate Professor of Anthropology and African Studies, Honors
Claire NicholasAssistant Professor, Department of
Moses OlayemiAssistant Professor, Gallogly College of
James Olufowote
Associate Professor, Department of
Andreana Prichard
Associate Professor of African History, Honors College
Affiliate Faculty, Departments of History and International & Area Studies
Bala Saho
Associate Professor, Department of
Michael J. Soreghan
James Roy Maxey Chair and Associate Professor of Geosciences, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy School of
Elanie Steyn
Associate Professor and Journalism Area Head, Gaylord College of Journalism &
Bret Wallach
Professor Emeritus, Department of


The Ambassador Edward J. Perkins Scholarship
The Ambassador Edward J. Perkins Scholarship was created to assist University of Oklahoma students to pursue studies in Africa and other strategic areas. Students from overseas may also be supported to come to the University of Oklahoma for study (see details regarding admissions for international students).  This fund was established in the memory of the late Marjorie Schenfeld Stewart.

The Millie Schafer Sitzman Award
The Millie Schafer Sitzman Award was created to assist University of Oklahoma students to pursue studies in Africa.

The David L. Boren College of International Studies Board of Visitors Scholarship
The Board of Visitors Study Abroad Scholarship was created out of the initiative and generosity of advisors to, and constituents of, the David L. Boren College of International Studies at The University of Oklahoma. The scholarship is unique in that it emphasizes the value of study abroad experiences in destinations that are typically underrepresented.