The Center for African Studies invites proposals from Stanford faculty for interdisciplinary research workshops for each academic year



The call for proposals is now closed. Check back for the deadlines for next academic year.


 The Center for African Studies research workshops will bring together groups of Stanford faculty and advanced graduate students, as well as visiting scholars, and those at other local institutions to present their current research and explore topics of common intellectual concern (The Center for African Studies acknowledges drawing inspiration from the work of the Stanford Humanities Center and the spirit of interdisciplinarity and engagement across departmental boundaries that they have fostered).  The objectives of the CAS workshop program include:

  • Interdisciplinarity --  exploring ideas and issues across usual institutional and disciplinary boundaries
  • Realizing and developing research agendas that delve into substantive intellectual issues as well as practical problems
  • Collaboration – particularly in areas of research that no single researcher or institution could address alone.
  • Faculty-graduate student exchange – through research workshops that appeal to both faculty and graduate students the workshops provide a unique context for graduate work and professionalization.

The workshops offer faculty and graduate students from Stanford as well as other institutions an opportunity to engage with others on research addressing Africa that exists nowhere else at the University.  They meet outside of traditional departmental boundaries in interdisciplinary collaborations to explore research topics they themselves determine. The CAS research workshops thus support faculty in efforts to create new areas of research across disciplinary boundaries simultaneously encouraging advanced graduate students to participate in scholarly dialogues.


how Do workshops function?

A core group of faculty and advanced graduate students organize the workshop, plan topics for discussion, invite speakers from the outside, and provide opportunities for Stanford faculty and graduate students to present their own works-in-progress. Workshops must meet regularly (at least three times per quarter, usually in the evenings). Workshops are open to all interested faculty and advanced graduate students, subject to appropriate limits of size. Many workshop meetings, presentations and colloquia are also open to the Stanford community and the general public where appropriate. Variations on this model may be submitted for consideration by the selection committee if the proposed workshop structure meets the intellectual objectives of the program.



Proposals must come from Stanford faculty, either individually or as a team.  As part of the budget, faculty leaders may appoint a graduate student assistant to help coordinate the meetings, organize the readings, plan for modest meals, etc.  Faculty member and advanced graduate students whose intellectual engagement concerns African issues may organize a workshop to investigate a topic relating to shared research interests. The group must be truly interdisciplinary in membership, a balance of graduate student and faculty, and willing to engage substantive intellectual issues as well as “practical” problems.


  • A proposal cover sheet.
  • A two page statement of the nature and significance of the problem or issue to which the workshop will be devoted, as well as a description of how the proposed workshop addresses the goals of the CAS workshop program.
  • An indication of an end of year project or product.
  • The names and departmental affiliations of the core faculty and graduate students who have agreed to participate. Core participants must be in residence during the academic year in which the workshop is in session.
  • The names of additional faculty and graduate student participants.
  • A completed workshop contact information sheet.
  • A completed budget.

submitting and writing your proposal

In crafting your proposal, keep in mind that CAS encourages frequent presentation by both faculty and graduate students to the workshop throughout the year. CAS expects the workshops to maintain a balance between time allotted to readings, visiting speakers, and the presentation of graduate student and faculty work, and appreciates diligent efforts to ensure equal and collegial participation in all meetings of the workshop. 

All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 pm Friday, July 15 to Laura Hubbard --  lhubbard  Electronic submissions preferred. If this is not possible, please contact the Center for African Studies (CAS) on 650-723-0295 to insure that your submission has been received in our offices at 209 Encina Hall West, Stanford, CA 94305-6045.


funding for the workshops

The Center for African Studies expects to support two workshops. All workshops are encouraged to seek co-sponsorship from within, or without, the University.

Funding for individual workshops is on a competitive basis and subject to availability of resources. Up to $7,500 per workshop may be approved for expenses such as photocopying of materials to circulate in advance of meetings, books to be used in workshops, travel expenses and reasonable honoraria for invited speakers, light refreshments, and organization expenses.


administration of funds

The Center for African Studies is responsible for financial administration of the program. As a courtesy please let your department administrator know you are applying for a CAS research workshop. Department administrators may be among those to receive monthly financial statements for your workshop. Awards will be announced and funds made available by September 30, 2009. Faculty and graduate student coordinators are responsible for complying with Stanford University policies.



Please address any questions about this call for proposals to Laura Hubbard, Associate Director of the Center for African Studies at lhubbard or on 650-723-0295.