Student Opportunities


AI Student Awards

The Steering Committee of the Africa Initiative funds small projects, events, and speakers organized by students. We envision supporting a number of proposals in the $500-$1000 range that follow these guidelines:

  • Projects must take place on the Duke campus or in the Durham community.
  • Projects should be collaborative in nature, perhaps organized by a common theme (water, technology transfer, China-Africa) or as a way to develop new relationships across majors.
  • Projects may take the shape of—but are not limited to—a speaker, workshop, reading group, service learning event, or film showing. If the proposal focuses in these areas, at least a portion of these activities should be open to all members of the Duke community.
  • Groups that propose projects can be solely undergrads, graduate students, or a combination of the two.
  • All proposals must provide the contact information of at least one member who will act as the project lead.

Applications should be no longer than three pages and include the following:

  • A description of the proposed activity.
  • The anticipated participants and outcomes of the proposed activity.
  • A budget.
  • A description of potential participant groups.

We are not long accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Please check back in fall 2020.


AI-DAGPSA Conference

November 2, 2019 in Korman Assembly Room, Perkins Library Room 217

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate students, and professionals affiliated to any university in the Raleigh-Durham Triangle area are encouraged to submit an abstract for projects or research conducted in Africa or pertains to Africa-related topics. The abstract should be no more than 300 words and should give a short description of your project or research, highlighting how the lessons learned or the results of your research reflect the growth or changes occurring on the African continent. Abstracts will be reviewed and accepted for oral/paper or poster presentations. Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length.

Deadline: October 4, 2019

Abstracts may be submitted here or by emailing