Seeding Labs Seeking Applicants and Reviewers for Instrumental Access

Instrumental Access is now open for applications.

We are looking for university departments located in low- and middle-income countries where the faculty are conducting strong scientific research and teaching the next generation, but need equipment to fully realize their work. The deadline for applications has been extended to 2 August 2015. Applications that are received by the original deadline of 15 July 2015 will be reviewed for completeness and can be resubmitted by the new deadline if necessary. Interested applicants can view the full Request for Applications on our website:

Seeding Labs is also seeking volunteer reviewers to help us assess these applications later this fall.

Serving as a reviewer will give you a window into the diversity of research projects, the successes and the needs of global scientists and their students. By reviewing, you”ll have the chance to connect them with the equipment to continue pursuing their important work. Read our reviewer guidelines and sign up here:

Please direct questions about applying or reviewing to:

Seeding Labs is a US-based nonprofit whose mission is to catalyze science research and education in developing countries. Our flagship program, Instrumental Access, provides high-quality scientific equipment for research and education to university departments in low- and middle-income countries at an affordable price. Since 2008 we have equipped labs in 13 countries with nearly $3M of equipment and supplies.


Post-doctoral Teaching Fellowships at Oberlin and Kalamazoo Colleges

I am writing to ask that you forward on information about the Postdoctoral
Teaching Fellowships at Oberlin and Kalamazoo Colleges to students in your
department. These postdocs are available to U-M students in the humanities,
and this year the colleges were particularly interested in candidates in
African Studies and/or African History. Please forward on to good potential
candidates and let them know the upcoming deadline on February 18, 2013.
The information on the fellowship is attached, and the information on
Rackham’s site is here:

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Representatives from the colleges that host the fellowships will be at an
upcoming panel on Jan. 25 on “What’s It Like to Work at a Liberal Arts
College,” so that would be a good event to attend if students are
interested. Event details and registration is available here:

Du Bois Institute of African and African-American Studies Fellowship

To apply for a fellowship for the period 2013-2014, please perform the following steps:


  • Complete the online application here.  You will be asked to upload a project description, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and – if you would like to teach a course at Harvard – a proposed syllabus.  Please have these files ready before you begin the application process.
DBI Fellowship Program
W. E. B. Du Bois Institute
104 Mount Auburn Street, 3R
Cambridge, MA 02138
All applications and recommendations must be received by January 31, 2013.
The Du Bois Institute considers funding applications separate from the main application. Funding may be available, but we encourage you to seek funding from other sources as well. 
Decisions will be made by mid-April, 2013.

An appointment as a Resident Fellow of the Du Bois Institute includes the following privileges: 
  • A Harvard University ID card which provides access to all University libraries and other University facilities.
  • A Harvard University email account and use of a computer with access to Internet resources, including the Harvard On-Line Library Information System.
  • An office space with full support and supplies.
The Du Bois Institute community is rich in programming and opportunities to network with scholars engaged in African and African American research. We ask Fellows to reside in the Cambridge-Boston area during the term of their appointments and to take maximum advantage of their office spaces in the Institute. Additionally, we expect them to participate fully in the following:
  • The opening orientation events.
  • The weekly colloquia series, at which each fellow presents their work-in-progress to a public audience.
  • Fellows-only workshops, at which fellows discuss their own pre-circulated papers, articles on a single topic, or a combination of the two; workshops are designed to foster scholarly exchange across the vast terrain of African and African American studies.
  • The occasional “sherry or tea” social hour in conjunction with a presentation or reading.
We also encourage Fellows to make frequent appearances at major Du Bois Institute events which are centered on lecture series or panel discussions and sometimes supplemented with social functions. These occasions provide scope to interact with other fellows, faculty, and scholars at Harvard University and other institutions.
The Fellows Program, the oldest of the Institute’s activities, invites up to twenty scholars to be in residence each year, reflecting the interdisciplinary breadth of African and African American Studies. The Institute has appointed Fellows since its founding in 1975 and supports research at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels.
Du Bois Fellows are truly international, including scholars from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
The fellowship program has supported more than 300 alumni, many of whom are now major figures in the field, and include Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Harvard University), Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka, Deborah Willis (NYU), Carla Kaplan (Northeastern), David Blight (Yale), Darlene Clark-Hine (Northwestern), Louis Wilson (Smith College), Stephen Tuck (Oxford), Omar Wasow (Princeton,) Thomas Cripps (Morgan State), the late Nellie McKay, Arnold Rampersad (Stanford), and Cornel West (Princeton). Numerous scholars who came to the Institute as junior faculty members are now tenured members of African American Studies and other departments in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and several African countries.
Our fellows also enjoy the company of other fellows and scholars from the Harvard community, including the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Many of our fellows build strong bonds with faculty and graduate students in the Department of African and African American Studies. The aim of the fellowship program is to provide a vibrant environment in which to write, study, collaborate, and thrive.

ASC Funding for Africa-Related Research in STEM Disciplines

As part of President Coleman’s commitment to strengthen U-M initiatives in African Studies, research funds will be available to support Africa related innovative projects in the STEM disciplines. The expected seed funding award will vary depending on the projects submitted but will not exceed $10,000. DUE DATE JANUARY 25, 2013 STEM- AFRICA : The STEM-Africa Initiative advances research collaborations and career development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics between the U-M and partnering institutions in Africa. Applications are encouraged for projects that promote and enrich existing STEM initiatives in Africa and support new intellectual engagements that extend scientific knowledge and nurture emerging STEM scholars on the continent. CRITERIA  Applicants must be full-time members of the U-M faculty  Focus is on Africa  Project builds upon existing scholarship, demonstrates originality and innovation, and offers notable academic value  Project deepens collaborative partnerships with African counterparts  Scope of work is reasonable for 12 months  Project has potential for future expansion / scale up  Project shows evidence that you anticipate the project being sustained beyond the grant period LIST OF APPLICATION MATERIALS 1. Application cover sheet 2. Maximum 2-page description of the project must address: a. Context of work b. Specific activities proposed for funding c. Rationale, noting originality and significance of the work d. Partnerships (if any), and expected role of listed parties e. Plan for continuation of the proposed project 3. Budget (max 1 page), distinguishing travel, salary, supplies/equipment, other. 4. A list of any funding requests under review for the same project. 5. Timeline 6. CV(s) of the Applicant, listed partners, and students proposed for funding.

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Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship

Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship

The Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship supports research by a graduate student from the Islamic World or Africa enrolled in the Rackham Graduate School up to $4,000.  Review a list of majority-Muslim countries considered for this purpose to comprise the Islamic World.  Read about the first Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship Recipient.

Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing research in international and global issues in the contemporary period, with a focus on political, economic or societal change as well as new solutions to issues arising from the spread of globalization.  Particular attention will be given to research abroad.  Also, in order to ensure that as broad a range of people as possible is able to do research on international topics, women graduate students and students intending to return to their home countries to contribute their scholarly and professional skills are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application must be postmarked by February 1, 2013.

To apply, please submit an original and  four copies of a packet that contains the following:

  • A proposal of not more than 1500 words describing the objectives and methods of the planned research project
  • The cover information sheet and project budget itemizing all costs and showing how the Wright funds would fit into the budget and how additional costs, if any, would be covered
  • Two letters of recommendation including the Request for Reference cover sheet, both of which should come from faculty in the applicant’s discipline(s). The letters and cover sheets may be submitted directly by recommenders separately from the application.
  • An updated curriculum vitae
  • A transcript
  • Proof of IRB approval for the project (if relevant for the nature of the research)

Please mail or deliver your application packets to:

Center for the Education of Women
Attention: Doreen Murasky / Scholarship Manager and Senior Counselor
330 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2274
Telephone: 734.764.7271 Fax: 734.998.6203 

Liberian Studies Association Conference

IAD: 45th annual Liberian Studies Association conference


Thu, 04/04/2013 – Sun, 04/07/2013

The Human Aspect of Development in Liberia Steps, Strategies, and Sustainability April 4-7, 2013 Rutgers, State University of New Jersey New Brunswick Liberian Studies Association 45th Annual Conference will be hosted by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and specifically by the New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products program (NUANPP), the Center for African Studies (CAS), the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) and the Bloustien School of Planning and Public Policy. The meeting will be held, April 4-7, 2013 in the city of New Brunswick, the heart of central New Jersey.


Conference Abstract: Development, it is increasingly understood, is more than solely an economic matter. There is now growing acknowledgement that governance and human and social development goals have to be integrated for an inclusive approach. Economic calculations are obviously vital to planning development and assessing its results. But so are human factors; how political and social factors affect development efforts and how people’s lives are affected by development projects. Thus, as important as things like macroeconomic management and changed in GDP and annual income are, this year’s conference will focus on the human aspect of development.


Call for Papers: The Liberian Studies Association invites proposals for papers on social, economic, and political factors that affect development planning and implementation and on social and political changes that result from development endeavors. Proposals should be no more than one page (single-spaced, between 200 – 300 words) and must include name, title, and institutional or organizational affiliation and full contact details of the author or authors. Deadline for proposals/abstracts is January 20th, 2013.

Subjects of interest include:

• Liberia’s development needs;

• Education for development and/or development of education;

• Politics, governance, and/or ideology and development;

• Development programs and strategies in the rebuilding process;

• Conflicts between the goals of external funders (e.g., international financial institutions, foreign governments) and Liberia’s needs; and,

• Impacts of development endeavors on the lives of Liberians.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the LSA Abstract Committee on the basis of scholarship qualities, the extent of the original research, the rigor of the analysis, innovative, policy-oriented and insightful contribution towards the development debate, best practices and the significance of the conclusions as well as their relevance to issues affecting Liberia. As the theme suggests, preference will be given to papers that focus on the human aspect of development. Proposals for papers on other subjects in the same spirit will be considered.

All abstracts should be sent to: 45th LSA Abstract Review Committee, c/o Jackie Sayegh, 190 Uris Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 /  or to Jim Simon; or

Registration: Registration is required to attend and present papers at the conference. General Registration is $100.00 / Registered students – $50.00. There will be on-site registration.

Contact information: For LSA information and inquiries, contact: Jackie Sayegh –  Tel: (607) 255-6849 or Prof. Jim Simon,  or  For Information about Rutgers, CAS, local events and logistics, please contact: Renee DeLancey  ‪

Suggested Hotels in Area: The Holiday Inn Express, New Brunswick– $88.00 Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick- $139.00* Hilton, New Brunswick – $99.00 /… Hampton Inn, North Brunswick – $99… *within walking distance to the Bloustein School at Rutgers University

Directions By Air: For out-of-state or foreign participants, the nearest airport to New Brunswick is the Newark International Airport which is about 45 minutes away in Newark, New Jersey.

For those arriving from overseas, many will find arrivals coming into the JFK International Airport and/or the La Guardia International Airport, both in New York City and about 60 minutes away. The Philadelphia International Airport is about a 90-minute drive and appears to be the furthest away from Rutgers. Bus and train service in addition to taxi service is available from the airports that will bring you to New Brunswick. If you require shuttle service from the airports to your hotel, you will need to make your own arrangements by calling State Shuttle at (973) 729-0030 or (800) 427-3207.

By Car: From the New Jersey Turnpike (north or south):Take Exit 9 to Route 18 North. Take the New Street exit. Stay straight through lights at Neilson Street and George Street.The Bloustein School is on your right at the intersection of New Street and Livingston Avenue.

From Garden State Parkway South: Take Exit 129 to the New Jersey Turnpike South. Take Exit 9 for Route 18 North and follow the Turnpike directions above. From Garden State Parkway North: Take Exit 105 to Route 18 North and follow the directions listed above.

From Route 1:Take Route 1 to the intersection of Route 18 and take the exit for Route 18 North. Follow the directions listed above. From Route 287:Take Exit 10 to Easton Avenue (New Brunswick). Proceed on Easton Avenue for approximately 7 miles until it ends at Albany Street (at the New Brunswick train station). Turn left onto Albany Street; go a block and a half to George Street. Turn right at George Street and go four blocks to Livingston Avenue. Turn right onto Livingston Avenue; the Bloustein School will be on your right at the next intersection, the corner of Livingston Avenue and New Street.


New Brunswick, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey


Hosted by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and specifically by the New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products program (NUANPP), the Center for African Studies (CAS), the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) and the Bloustien School of Planning and Public Policy.



Contact Name: 

Jackie Sayegh

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 

607 255 – 6849