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Research and Scholarly Activities


African Studies faculty members at Ohio University are engaged in a broad range of research activities and other forms of scholarly and civic engagement in countries across the continent. Their activities span the fields of public health, social and environmental sciences, and arts and the humanities.

Click here  for information on research activities at OHIO related to African Studies:

Resources for Faculty Research

Faculty affiliated with African Studies Center may apply for funding to present at conferences or to conduct research, or engage in other scholarly activities that contribute to the academic mission of the African Studies Center. New research initiatives that show promise of future external funding are encouraged. For more information, see the information posted below.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs assists faculty in identifying appropriate funding agencies and preparing research proposals. For assistance in targeting your search to appropriate sources of funding or using these electronic resources, contact Grants Information Manager Susan Loughridge at 593-0374 or by e-mail at loughrid@ohio.edu.

Judi Rioch is the pre-award administrator for International Studies and is available to help faculty plan their proposal submission. She can assist faculty in navigating the electronic documentation required for applications to federal agencies. She can be contacted at 593-9985 or by e-mail at   rioch@ohio.edu.

Ohio University subscribes to several electronic resources that assist faculty to identify funding opportunities:

For more information, contact the Assistant Director for Research, Tom Smucker, at smucker@ohio.edu.

Guidelines for Faculty Funding

African Studies affiliated faculty members are eligible to apply for funding for professional development purposes (i.e. to present at conferences or conduct research). Funding requests must be made with the funding request form and are due by Week 7 of the semester before faculty wish to travel. Requests should be submitted to the Assistant Director and will be reviewed once per semester by the Director. Faculty will be informed of funding decisions at the end of the semester in which they apply.

Faculty receiving funding

  • Funds may be used for approved expenses only
  • Charges should not exceed the total award
  • For international travel we must seek approval from the federal government at least 30 days prior to departure. All travel must comply with the Fly America Act which means that employees must fly on an American carrier as far as possible to and from their destination. We cannot pay for an international ticket if pre-approval is not received from Washington at least 30 days before departure.
  • Charges should be submitted through the home department of the awarded faculty using the Concur system
  • You must supply itemized receipts for all travel charges including reimbursements
  • Per diem requests must be substantiated with an OU business purpose (your itinerary or agenda must back up your purpose)
  • Please add your approved funding request form as a receipt in Concur
  • Please add Diane Cahill, Business Manager Center for International Studies, as a user-added approver in Concur

If you have questions regarding funding applications/approvals please contact Bose Maposa, Assistant Director for African Studies at maposa@ohio.edu.
If you have any questions regarding use of funds or Concur please contact Diane Cahill at cahilld@ohio.edu.

Resources for Graduate Students

Students in the M.A. program are strongly encouraged to pursue funding from Ohio University or external sources to fund research for their thesis or professional projects.

The Graduate Student Senate administers two funds for research and travel. Check the websites for guidelines and due dates.


There are many sources of external funding available for graduate student research. Stanford University maintains a list of student funding opportunities in African Studies.

For more information, contact the Assistant Director for Research, Tom Smucker, at smucker@ohio.edu.





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