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Global Partners Fund for Academic Initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa


What are some examples of types of academic initiatives that these grants would support?
These grants can be used to support administrative programs from any department, division, or center at the University that will increase our engagement in Sub-Saharan Africa in partnership with local institutions. Examples of such programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Pathway/admissions programs
  • Arts and culture initiatives
  • Startup and business accelerator initiatives
  • Academic exchanges
  • Institutional partnership development
  • Representing UChicago at regional conferences/events

What is meant by “advancing engagement” with Africa?
These grants seek to seed new partnerships and programs that will catalyze joint engagements between the University and partners in Sub-Saharan Africa to the mutual benefit of all parties and in service of the advancement of knowledge. The ideal project will have the potential to lead to long-term engagement between UChicago and African entities.

What countries are included in “Sub-Saharan Africa” for the purposes of this RFP?
Sub-Saharan Africa is used as defined by the United Nations – e.g., any nation in Africa that lies fully or partially to the south of the Sahara Desert. This includes all African nations other than Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Western Sahara.

Can I apply for countries in North Africa, such as Egypt, Libya, Morocco, etc.?
No. Those regions are covered under other grants provided by the University, such as the International Institute of Research in Paris Faculty Grants.

How are award decisions made?
Award decisions are made by a working group consisting of faculty with ties to and expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa, in addition to administrators representing groups with key global interests across campus. A full list of working group members will be posted shortly.

Who is eligible to apply to these grants?
Any full-time employee of the University who has an idea for a program can apply, provided that they are able to secure a letter of support from the head of their division, department, or center stating that they approve the potential project.

I have a question that is not answered here. Who can I reach out to?
Please feel free to direct any additional questions to Steven Yandell, Assistant Director of Global Initiatives and Strategy, at