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Information for faculty

About the CAS Research Partnership

The Center for African Studies (CAS) Research Partnership pairs Stanford faculty with undergraduates to work collaboratively on innovative research projects. Faculty can apply for small grants to support their research and will provide mentorship and learning opportunities to the students they are paired with. Students will provide research assistance and other support as needed.


Proposals are accepted from any current Stanford faculty member who belongs to the Academic Council. Non-tenure track Stanford faculty may be considered occasionally, as may emeriti. Please inquire about your specific circumstances.

Proposal Process

  • Faculty are asked to submit statements of interest outlining their research projects, as well as the role undergraduate research assistants will play in supporting the project.
  • After the research projects are selected, we will invite undergraduate students to apply to work on a specific project, to be mentored by the lead faculty.


  • Faculty proposals are due December 1, 2023
  • Undergraduate applications are due January 31, 2024


  • Up to three grants will be awarded to faculty for the 2023-24 academic year, and funding is to be used by the end of the academic year.
  • Each faculty member will receive $4,000 to support their project.
  • Each undergraduate research assistant will receive up to $2,500 for spring or summer quarter 2024.


  • Each undergraduate student will work on a faculty-led research project with a defined deliverable. Their work may be completed in-person or remotely.
  • Faculty will be asked to submit a report providing an update on the outcome of the project in August 2024. 

Apply by December 1, 2023


If you have any questions, please contact Joel Cabrita, Susan Ford Dorsey Director of the Center for African Studies, at jcabrita [at] (jcabrita[at]stanford[dot]edu).