Kansas African Studies Center (KASC)

​​The Kansas African Studies Center embodies the interdisciplinary interests of Africanists at the University of Kansas. The Center's mission includes: coordinating the African studies program, sponsoring research and outreach initiatives, the enhancement of curriculum, organizing conferences, the acquisition of library and related resources, and raising funds to make all these activities possible.

KASC supports FLAS students studying: Amharic, Arabic, Kiswahili, SomaliWolof, and other languages on demand.

KASC FLAS funding for Arabic is for programs that are held in Africa or in an African Studies related domestic programs only.

Summer Programs

KU offers several formal opportunities for study in Africa, in a variety of countries and languages. Most programs coordinated by KU are available to students through the Office of Study Abroad. Please contact Tiphani Dixon for specific information about KU's programs in Morocco and programs in other African countries. In addition, OSA can help you find or create a student-initiated program (SIP) to whatever specific country interests you, even if KU doesn't have a prepared program there. (Please remember, however, that KU's policy is not to send students to countries with U.S. Federal Government Travel Warning in place, and this unfortunately includes many African countries.

Award Amount: Up to $5,000 for summer tuition and a $2,500 stipend. Travel awards of up to $1,000 may be available. 


  • Undergraduate applicants must qualify to enroll in African language courses this summer at the intermediate level or above at the beginning of their fellowship.
  • Graduate students may apply at all levels.
  • Students must be enrolled to study a qualifying African language at KU or an approved program in the US or abroad.
  • Students must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. 

How to apply: 

  1. Compile the following materials:
    1. A two-page double-spaced statement of purpose that includes your educational background and future career plans, interest in African Studies and an African language, planned course of study, how your language study will further your career plans, and the relation of the language to your current degree program.
    2. A current curriculum vitae or resume.
    3. KU Advising Report or most recent college transcript.
    4. Unofficial transcripts from a previous school or program (OPTIONAL).
    5. Provide a list of three recommenders, one of which should be a language instructor. Include their name, title, e-mail address, phone number, and postal address. Also, inform them that they might be contacted by the selection committee.
    6. Information about the program in which you intend to enroll, if not a KU program.
    7. Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR): https://fafsa.ed.gov/
    8. If you plan to study abroad, you will need to show registration with the KU Office of Study Abroad: http://www.studyabroad.ku.edu/ 

2. E-mail the application materials (and direct any additional questions) to Dr. Emily Riley, KASC Assistant Director, at rileyem@ku.edu
Application Deadline: February 8th, 2019.