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Morris Goodman Awards

These awards, in honor of Linguistics Professor Emeritus Morris Goodman, provide up to $3,000 for graduate students in their second year of study or beyond to study an African language outside of Northwestern University.

Many students find a qualified African tutor in the Chicago area, but others have taken these grants to Africa for individual study; on one of the Fulbright-Hays Language Group Projects Abroad (GPAs); to the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI); on one of the Title VI NRC campuses; or even to Europe (e.g. study of African Portuguese in an institution in Lisbon for fieldwork in Cape Verde). In the Chicago area, the grant normally supports 20 weeks of language study, three hours a week ($25/hour).

PLEASE NOTE: because of travel restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, recipients of a 2020 Goodman Language award may use the funds to travel when they are able between summer 2020 through summer 2021.


Application instructions:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications must include the following for successful submission:

  1. All applications should be submitted as a PDF with an application cover sheet;
  2. Essay that justifies the need for language training, describes how the training will be completed, and indicates the need for language training in order to complete the degree (750 words)
  3. A letter of support from faculty
  4. A line item budget that clarifies how funds will be spent
  5. If tutoring is proposed, the application must include information about the tutor, including a curriculum vitae and documentation of visa status for remuneration purposes. 

The application must be submitted as a single pdf.

 Send inquiries to the Program of African Studies at african-studies@northwestern.edu or 847-491-7323.

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