Faculty Small Grants

Fall deadline: November 15, 2018

Spring deadline: March 15, 2019

ASP offers small grants ranging from $500-$2,000 to support faculty affiliated to African Studies in their scholarship and research. The grant can be used for travel to attend a conference or professional meeting or on research related activities aimed at increasing expertise in African Studies. If you are interested please submit an application for funding from ASP using this link and also provide a budget.

Allowabale budget items

Non-allowable budget items:

Airline tickets. Please include a quote from an agent or website.

Travel for individuals other than applicant

Food, lodging, and related incidental expenses with actual receipts can be reimbursed up to the US Department of State per diem rate (www.pts.pitt.edu/Travel/common/perdiem.html).

Payment to foreign national individuals for services provided outside the United States

Conference or professional meeting registration

Research activity costs to occur at Pitt

Purchase of relevant books or other resources

Equipment and any expenses unrelated to proposed activity

Preferably, funds should be expended in the award year, although exceptions will be considered. Arrangements for processing all awards for this AY must be made by May 1, 2019.


The applicant must be affiliated to African Studies. For faculty not yet listed as affiliated faculty for the African Studies Program, you are invited to complete the online UCIS faculty survey  if your teaching foci includes at least 25% of Africa-related content. The survey must be submitted prior to submission of the application for funding. We will send you acceptance and your name will then be included on our affiliated faculty listing.

If awarded the grant, the faculty member will be required to present at either our Let’s Talk Africa or our Critical Research on Africa lecture series in 2019-2020 Academic Year. You will also be required to sumbit a brief report of your funded project and expenditure documents for our records.

Please email any questions to Dr. Macrina Lelei: macrina@pitt.edu