University of Minnesota
African Studies Initiative

African Studies Initiative

Faculty & Professional Staff

Faculty Travel Grants

The African Studies Initiative (ASI), through a Title VI grant in African Studies from the US Department of Education, is able to provide travel support up to $1,500 to University of Minnesota-Twin Cities faculty and instructional staff.  The Travel Grants are intended for projects that enhance the University’s undergraduate and graduate curriculum in African Studies and for projects that support the building of sustainable educational partnerships with institutions abroad on African Studies.

Program Priorities:

Priority will be given to projects that fall within the following categories:

  • Projects that integrate foreign languages into the African Studies curriculum, including the collection of curricular resources that will allow students to use their foreign language skills in African Studies courses;
  • The development of new African Studies courses or the redesign of existing courses with new African Studies content including the collection of materials to update courses with new African Studies content;
  • The development of sustainable educational collaborations with institutions abroad on African Studies.

NOTE: Title VI travel funding is not primarily intended for conference presentations.  Proposals must specifically address the program priorities above.

Recipients must submit the new or revised syllabus and/or a one-page project report that specifies the project outcomes at the end of the award period.

Application Process:

  • Download and complete the Application Form;
  • Include a one-page project description that includes travel destination and dates and curricular and/or educational goals;

Applications can be submitted to the African Studies Initiative through email,, or via campus mail at

ASI Faculty Travel Grants
African Studies Initiative
214 Social Sciences Building
Campus Delivery Code: 7173A

Application Deadlines:

ASI accepts applications on a rolling basis, but we do require that applications be received at least 2 months before the departure date so we can submit the mandatory federal Travel Approval Requests with the US Department of Education in a timely manner. All travel (partially) paid for with federal funds has to comply with the Fly America Act.


  • Applicants must be faculty or instructional staff of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.
  • Applicants who have been awarded a Travel Grant within the last two years are not eligible.
  • Past recipients who have not submitted a travel report are not eligible for new funding.

Grantee Obligations:

Grantees should complete a University Travel Authorization form and register international travel in the GPS Alliance International Travel Registry before travel.  Grantees should also observe all other GPS Alliance mandated requirements and regulations pertaining to international travel.

Submit the new or revised syllabus resulting from the Faculty Travel Grant, including a time table when the course will be offered and/or a one-page project report that specifies the project outcomes at the end of the award period.


Please address questions and requests for more information via email to or to Klaas van der Sanden, ASI Program Coordinator, at 612-625-1856.