The Africa Initiative Exchange Program

Africa Initiative Exchange Program and Graduate Research Grant

The Africa Initiative exchange program supports short-term academic placements for Africans and Canadians undertaking research on Africa. The program is building capacity by giving bright, highly-motivated students and scholars an opportunity to discover and impart new learning in a cross-cultural experience. Supported research covers five thematic areas – conflict resolution, energy, food security, health, and migration, with special attention to the cross-cutting issue of climate change.

Participants have the opportunity to further their research through the utilization of on-the-ground resources and research materials, as well as to develop international networks with fellow researchers and practitioners conducting work in a relevant field of study. Research results are presented and disseminated through a variety of public channels.

Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant

The Africa Initiative’s Graduate Research Grant is designed to support short-term academic placements for graduate students enrolled in Canadian and African universities undertaking research on Africa. The grant is offered to up to thirty recipients each year. Each recipient spends as many as three months in Africa or Canada conducting research funded by the program.

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