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Invest in a New Generation

In what we believe is a defining, post-pandemic moment for the field, ASA has initiated a $900,000 campaign to double its investment in a new generation of students, scholars, and practitioners. ASA will strategically increase investment in: 

Research & Knowledge Production to expand career-changing opportunities and support for research, particularly for emerging scholars.
Training & Engagement to expand professional development support for scholars and professionals to and build new opportunities for engagement.
Accolades & Acknowledgement to expand support that celebrates academic achievement and mentorship.
Sustainability to ensure that ASA can respond to the greatest needs that will advance the field.


In line with ASA’s strategic priorities and in consultation with the greater membership, ASA is doubling its investment in a new generation of students, scholars, and practitioners in the areas below. Each area contains a variety of immediate and sustained (multi-year or endowment) investment options. You may make a one-time donation or a multi-year pledge. You may also designate your contribution to more than one area or fund, with a variety of payment options. Individual members, groups of members, and/or institutions may combine support to establish an endowed or named fund in honor of an individual. Additional gift opportunities within one of the priority areas, such as support for a Coordinate Organization award or Annual Meeting event, may be discussed with the Executive Director at any time. 

You can download a PDF of the Gift Opportunities here.

Research & Knowledge Production 
Student Research & Travel Award – $150,000 to endow up to five (5) grants per year.
Named Lecture or Session – $100,000 to endow a named lecture or session.
ASR Distinguished Lecture Fund – $35,000 to endow the African Studies Review Distinguished Lecture.
Dissertation Writing Fund – $60,000 can be paid over three (3) years to create one (1) $20,000 dissertation support grant for a PhD candidate annually.

Training & Engagement 
Presidential Fellows – $200,000 to endow up to two (2) fellowships per year ($100,000 per named fellowship).
ASA Engagement Fund – $75,000 to support ASA memberships or registration fees for scholars in need.
National Advocacy Travel Grants – $12,000 can be paid over (3) years or $100,000 to endow.
ESN Workshops – $15,000 to provide two (2) emerging scholar career training and professionalization workshops paid over two (2) years.
Dependent Support Fund – $75,000 to provide up to 10 $500 dependent care stipends annually.

Accolades & Acknowledgement
Awards & PrizesThe campaign aims for a minimum of $100,000 to support and expand existing awards and prizes that recognize exceptional scholarship, mentorship, and contributions to the field. For example:

–– $10,000 minimum to endow the Paul Hair Prize 
–– $10,000 minimum to endow the Conover-Porter Award
–– $15,000 minimum to endow the Best Book Prize
–– $35,000 minimum to endow the Distinguished Africanist
–– $35,000 minimum to endow the ASA Film Prize
–– $45,000 minimum to endow the Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Award

Sustainability Fund – $50,000 for unrestricted support to the areas of greatest need within the ASA mission.
ASA Legacy Circle Fund – Documentation of planned giving to ASA in our new ASA Legacy Circle. All estate planning options will be considered and recognized within the Campaign as well as the ASA Legacy Circle in perpetuity.