Student Resources

*I update as I learn about more opportunities*

College/Post-Baccalaureate Research Programs

McNair Scholars Program:

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program:

Ralph Bunche Summer Institute:

USC Predoctoral Summer Institute for First Generation and Diverse Scholars:

Predoctoral Workshop for Students of Color:

Princeton Emerging Scholars Program:

Hot Metal Bridge Post-Bac

Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers   

The PhD Excellence Initiative

Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education & Scholarship @ Wharton


International Service Experience Fellowships

Middle East and North Africa Regional Fellowship Program

Princeton in Africa (in Latin America and Asia)

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

African Leadership Academy


Doctoral/Graduate/Teaching Fellowships

APSA Minority Fellowship Program:

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program:

Mawazo PhD Scholars Programme:

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship for Graduate Study for African nationals:

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Academy Fellowship:

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program:

Freedom Summer Collegiate:

Penn Predoctoral Fellowships for Excellence Through Diversity 


Post-Doctoral Fellowships

UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 

Oxbridge College Junior Research Fellowships 

Harvard Society of Fellows

Nuffield College Oxford Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowships in Politics

The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

Klarman Postdoctoral Fellowship

Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, NSF

U Michigan NCID Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity

Princeton President's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 

U Michigan President's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

University of Maryland President's Postdoctoral Fellowship

UPenn Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity 

Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowship

ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowships

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

West African Research Association Postdoctoral Fellowship


Other Post-graduate Fellowships

World Bank Africa Fellowship Program 

UN Economic Commission for Africa Fellowship for Young African Professionals

World Trade Organization Young Professionals Programme

Institute of Current World Affairs Writing Fellowship

Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards

More graduate and postdoctoral funding opportunities here and here


More Resources for Funding, Reading, and Application Advice: (extensive list of opportunities for African academics) (working list of academic literature on African Politics)

A Guide to All Things PhD and Academia: The Professor Is In

Advice on applying to PhD programs (and grad school more generally) from Prof. Tressie Cottom, Prof. Yuhua Wang, and Prof. Chris Blattman

Advice on "planning your way to a PhD" from Shaquilla Harrigan

"Reading, Processing, and Participating in Graduate School" by Dr. Alex C. Lange

Extensive insight on "Reading Strategies" by Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega

Free and Low Cost Resources for Grad Students/Early Career Scholars 


For Faculty, Established Scholars, Artists, Activists, etc.

NSF Summer Course on Grant Writing

Easton Nook Retreat Space for Scholars, Writers, Artists, and Activists

Women of Color Faculty Retreat

Andrew Carnegie Fellowship

HKS Women and Public Policy Research Fellowship Program

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

McArthur Fellows Program

School for Advanced Research Resident Scholars Fellowship

Hurston/Wright Foundation Writing Workshops

The Silvers Grants for Works in Progress

Soros Equality Fellowship

Pen Open Book Award and Artist Residency

French Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme

Durham Univeristy Institute of Advanced Study

Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa Fellowship