Aliko Songolo Summer Research Award

Aliko Songolo


In honor of Emeritus Professor Aliko Songolo for his many years of dedicated teaching and service to the Department of African Cultural Studies, ACS has created a $2,500 annual summer research award to be given to one full-time graduate student or undergraduate major in the Department. Applicants must utilize the award to carry out research on African expressive cultures in Africa and/or archives outside of the United States. The research must lead to a PhD dissertation or a publishable-quality paper (QP).

Selection Criteria

  • Excellence of research proposal
  • Demonstrated commitment to researching African expressive cultures
  • General academic record
  • Strong recommendations from faculty
  • Timing of the proposed research in relation to degree requirements

Call for Applications

Applications normally due the beginning of April each year.

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 3-page research proposal including a budget and timeline
  • Unofficial UW–Madison transcript
  • Names and email addresses of three UW–Madison faculty references (please do not have them send letters)

Past Winners

Jibril Gabid

Jibril Gabid is a doctoral candidate and Arabic instructor in the Department of African Cultural Studies. His research seeks to explore ways of (re)imagining Islamic West Africa, foregrounding West Africa Muslim scholarship by shifting the gaze of Islamic knowledge production from an Arabo-centric one to one that privileges and affirms the contributions of Black West African Muslim intellectuals. Jibril received a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Psychology from the University of Ghana and a master’s degree in Arabic Language and Literature from the American University in Cairo.