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ASC-DAAS Sudarkasa Internship Grant

The African Studies Center (ASC) and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) Niara Sudarkasa Internship Grant is awarded to one U-M undergraduate student each year to help fund an Africa-focused internship in the U.S. or Africa.

One grant of $5,000 is available. 

Please provide the following information:

  1. Contact information, uniqname, and major/minor
  2. Brief description (1-2 paragraphs) of the internship, including its connection to Africa
  3. A letter of recommendation
  4. The name and mission of the organization offering the internship, as well as a letter from a representative of this organization in support of your internship (if applicable)

Email application materials or questions about the grant to

About Niara Sudarkasa

Niara Sudarkasa (1938-2019) was the first African-American tenured professor at the University of Michigan and a former director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (now DAAS). Over the span of her 17-year career at U-M, Sudarkasa became an internationally noted pan-Africanist and led the first Black Action Movement campaign in 1970 to increase the number of African-American and African students at the university.

In 1986, Sudarkasa was appointed the 11th and first female president of Lincoln University, the oldest historically black college in the United States. She authored numerous publications and received 13 honorary degrees, including an honorary doctorate from South Africa’s Fort Hare University alongside former South African President Nelson Mandela. Essence magazine named her “Educator for the 1990s,” and in 2001, the title of Chief Yeye Olukun-Igbadero was conferred on her by Alaiyeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the Ooni of Ife in the Kingdom of the Yoruba in Nigeria.