Ebrahim Hussein Fellowship


The Ebrahim Hussein Endowment for research in African expressive cultures was established in the College of Letters and Science in 2003 thanks to the generosity of Robert M. Philipson, alumnus of the College of Letters and Science (PhD’89). The College will award up to $7500 each year to one or more full-time graduate students in L&S 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, an MA thesis, or a publishable-quality paper. Doctoral students may receive up to $7500 each; MA-level students may receive up to $3750 each.

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 early April of each year

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 5-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)