Program in African Studies

Africa is the continent where our future will be determined. The continent boasts an abundance of both cultural and natural resources and is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, making Africa a fascinating place to study. 

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Wendy Belcher, professor of comparative literature and African American studies, has been awarded two major grants, totaling over $600,000, from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Both three-year grants will support the Princeton Ethiopian, Eritrean and Egyptian Miracles of Mary digital humanities project (PEMM), a comprehensive resource for the miracle stories written about the Virgin Mary in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Egypt, and preserved in Gəˁəz (classical Ethiopic) between 1300 and the present.

The NEH announcement on Aug. 17 included $28.4 million in grants for 239 humanities projects across the country. “The grants … demonstrate the resilience and breadth of our nation’s humanities institutions and practitioners,” said NEH’s Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson. “From education programs that will enrich teaching in college and high school classrooms to multi-institutional research initiatives, these excellent projects will advance the teaching, preservation, and understanding of history and culture.”

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Undergraduate students who participate in the certificate program.
Undergraduate Studies and Certificate Program

Students have an opportunity to learn more about the continent by taking courses toward a certificate, learning an African language or studying abroad.

Graduate Opportunities

Attend writers' workshops and lectures where graduate students share their work. Learn about study in Africa even after graduation.

Events and Lectures

Learn more about events that explore Africa and its rich culture.

What's New at AFS


Virtual Reading with Hannibal Lokumbe

Hannibal Lokumbe, composer, librettist, poet, musician

1:30pm - 3:00pm | Webinar


The Comrades of the Ship: Quranic Narrative and Early Muslim Accounts of Women Emigres to Abyssinia

Hamza M. Zafer, University of Pennsylvania

12:00pm - 1:15pm | Zoom


African Studies Workshop: Critique of Informality and Development in Urban Africa Insights from Onitsha Markets in Nigeria

Chukwuemeka V. Chukwuemeka, PIIRS & Princeton Mellon Fellow

4:30pm - 5:30pm | Webinar