Africa Student Fund
The USC Africa Student Fund is a scholarship intended to support undergraduate student travel to African countries for study, research, service-based learning and internships. Students who have identified a project or program are invited to apply with this funding in mind. Winners may receive full or partial funding to help cover airfare costs associated with their proposed project or program.
Since its inception in 2010 with an inaugural gift of $100,000 from Adam Clayton Powell III, the Africa Student Fund has supported students representing various USC Schools in their travel to African countries.
Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and be enrolled as an undergraduate student with at least one semester of coursework remaining at USC (graduating seniors in their final semester are not eligible).
The Africa Student Fund is open to all majors and disciplines. Students must propose an itinerary with a minimum in-country stay of 10 days, though funding preferences are given to applicants who intend to stay in-country for three weeks or longer. Students must hold a valid passport (U.S. or international) at time of proposed travel. USC-sponsored travel health insurance is a requirement for all students traveling abroad.
Dates & Deadlines
There are no upcoming events at this time.
Typically, the online application is available in October and February each year. A select group or recipients will be chosen during each application period.
There are two application cycles. Applications submitted in the fall are for winter break and spring study abroad consideration. Applications submitted in the spring are for summer and fall study abroad consideration.
|Student Name / Group Name||Year||Country||Project / Program Description|
|Abby Kim||2021-2022||Uganda||Community-based participatory research study empowering youth in northern Uganda as public health ambassadors in their own communities.|
|Elijah Bakam||2021-2022||Senegal||Field research evaluating aid organizations’ decisions of where they work within Senegal and the Sahel region of Africa, specifically considering the political factors which may influence the provision of aid to certain country contexts and subnational places or populations.|
|Madina Zermeno||2019-2020||Morocco||Internship with Jossour Forum des Femmes Marocaines|
|Destyni Freese||2018-2019||Botswana||Study abroad through CIEE|
|Madison Boll||2018-2019||South Africa||Study abroad at University of Capetown for film studies|
|Allison Kuo||2018-2019||Ghana||Internship with the National Board of Small Scale Industries (NBSSI)|
|Anya Kushwaha||2018-2019||Botswana||Study abroad through CIEE|
|Andrew Ho||2018-2019||South Africa||Emzingo Global Impact Fellowship program|
|Sophia Lopez||2018-2019||Uganda||Problems Without Passports IR 370 global health fieldwork|
|Lisa Misraje||2018-2019||Morocco||Independent research and site visits studying orphanage systems|
|Nell Murray||2018-2019||Uganda||Problems Without Passports IR 370 global health fieldwork|
|Ava Ritchie||2018-2019||Uganda||Problems Without Passports IR 370 global health fieldwork|
|Emily Yin||2018-2019||Uganda||Problems Without Passports IR 370 global health fieldwork|
|Brooke Helstrom||2017-2018||Botswana||Study abroad at University of Botswana and independent research on the intersection of faith and environmentalism|
|Linqi "Elly" Yang||2017-2018||Uganda||Service trip with NGO Spark Microgrants to work on the implementation of a food market at a local village|
|Caroline Chen||2016-2017||South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya||Independent research studying the effects of mobile telecommunications infrastructure investment on the development of digital economy in Africa.|
|Julianna Coleman||2016-2017||Senegal||French 499: Research on cross-cultural study of Autism Spectrum Disorder|
|Christina Troester||2016-2017||Senegal||French 499: Research on the intersection of literature and film in articulating womens rights|
|Summer Zofrea||2016-2017||Senegal||French 499: Research on Girls Scouts of Dakar (Guides de Dakar)|
|Project Malwai||2016-2017||Malawi||Service trip that partnered with local hospitals to transport crucial medical supplies|
|Sameera Khurana||2016-2017||South Africa||Internship with nonprofit that facilitates architectural and spatial design strategies through community engagement|
|Sofia Deak||2016-2017||Morocco||Study abroad through AMIDEAST Area & Arabic Language Studies Program and volunteer work with local refugee communities.|
|Sonia Blough||2015-2016||South Africa||Study abroad and research project on visual representations of post-apartheid South African culture|
|Gabrielle Cohen||2015-2016||South Africa||Mixed methods research project comparing and contrasting mental health and wellness at the University of Cape Town & USC|
|Brittany Fleck||2015-2016||South Africa||Study abroad and blog exploring the healthcare system, value nutrition & physicality play in health & wellness, and how aging is perceived|
|Nikita Johri||2015-2016||Uganda||Service-based internship with Spark and the Ocitoaka Community|
|Jasper Leong||2015-2016||Ghana||Orphanage service trip with the Nyame Adom Foundation|
|Grace Marotta||2015-2016||South Africa||SEPELA field program and photo project researching primate behavior|
|Maria Jose (MJ) Plascencia||2015-2016||South Africa||Research project on the role of Jazz music played in the Apartheid District Six Community|
|Moira Turner||2015-2016||South Africa||Study abroad and ethnographic research project on race, history, and culture within University protest spaces|
|Sarah Wood||2014-2015||South Africa||Study abroad program at University of Cape Town|
|Audrey Emerson||2014-2015||Tanzania||Documentary detailing the lives of three women uplifting their communities|
|Michael Sturgis||2014-2015||South Africa||Vocal instruction in Voice Feminization|
|ASB Uganda||2013-2014||Uganda||Service collaboration with Global Health Network and communities of the Oyam District|
|Rachel Cowman||2013-2014||Kenya||Volunteer at Heshima Childrens Center with a focus on occupational therapy|
|Jorge DeAvila||2013-2014||South Africa||Zulu practicum and research project on HIV in disadvantaged communities|
|Alice Lee||2013-2014||Uganda||Photography project on a Acama, a retiree of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), and his family|
|Ashley Lukashevsky||2013-2014||South Africa||Study abroad and research on arts and social movements|
|USC Globe Med||2013-2014||Ghana||Care Net Ghana maternal health project|
|Rohit Khanna||2012-2013||Uganda||Medical Supplies for Rural Communities|
|Bisrat Woldemichael||2012-2013||Ethiopia||Heritage trip and research on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS|
|Ayushi Gummandi||2011-2012||South Africa||N/A|
|Erica Patel||2011-2012||Kenya||Volunteer at Wema Childrens Center Orphanage|
|Anu Ramachandran||2011-2012||Tanzania||Research on HIV Education in Rural Tanzania Support for International Change|
|Daniel Alvarado||2010-2011||Mozambique||Research project on the impact of Portuguese colonial urbanism and architecture|
|Silva Sevlian||2010-2011||Ethiopia||Heritage trip and documentary in her mothers homeland|
|Emily Taymor||2010-2011||Senegal||Pre-production for HIV Film on Arranged Marriage|