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Undergraduate Research in Africa

Undergraduate Research in Africa with Center for African Studies logo - a multicolor map of Africa
Raised toward our $6,000 Goal
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Project has ended
Project ended on November 30, at 11:59 PM PST
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Undergraduate Research in Africa

Support Undergraduate Research in Africa!

The Center for African Studies supports undergraduate students who aspire to be involved in research in African countries. Most of the students we support through the Geist & Rosberg Undergraduate Research Award are first-generation and BIPOC students. We rely on our wonderful supporters to continue providing these students with the financial means to pursue their research interests and academic ambitions. 

Supporting undergraduate research in Africa contributes to DEIBJ at Berkeley by:

  • Assisting students who do not otherwise have opportunities to conduct international research or learn from African counterparts.
  • Exposing students to the diversity of Africa-focused research that remains underrepresented at Berkeley and other American universities.
  • Building a pipeline of future researchers who can help bring new perspectives and insights to the study of Africa.

The giving levels of our campaign reflect actual items in undergraduate student research budgets.

Your support will help undergraduates undertake research in Africa. Will you join us today by making a gift?

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Communications Equipment

Your support at this level helps students secure some basic communication tools for research. They typically require internet access, SIM cards, digital voice recorders for interviews, and even a local phone.


Visas and research documents

Your support at this level helps students secure the visas most African governments require from researchers. Students also typically need a supply of passport photos to apply for research permits and other documents.


Ground Transportation

Your support at this level will help students access safe and reliable local transportation to facilitate their research whether they are meeting someone for an interview, going to an archive, or traveling to visit a clinic, school, or non-governmental organization (NGO).


Local research assistance

Your support at this level will help students secure the assistance of local researchers. Students often need to hire or work with local counterparts on translations, surveys, and project development.


Room & board

Your support at this level ensures that students can secure basic lodging during their research. Students need to locate a safe place to stay and access healthy food for several weeks while they are undertaking their work.


Round-trip Airfare

Your support at this level ensures that students can afford airfare on safe, reliable airlines. One of the biggest expenses of conducting research in African countries -- and impediments to students -- is the round-trip airfare from California.

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