The Royal Air Maroc-African Studies Association Student Travel Award aims to facilitate and increase the movement of students and the exchange of ideas, between students of African Studies in Africa and the United States. The overarching aim of the award is to acknowledge outstanding scholarship by future African Studies scholars. The award, which consists of complimentary airline tickets between the United States and any Royal Air Maroc (RAM) destination in Africa (a list of destinations can be found on the RAM website), is given every year at the ASA’s Annual Meeting.

In 2016, several tickets will be awarded to competitively selected students who have displayed outstanding scholarship in their area of study. Award tickets may be used to facilitate research, study abroad, and/or travel home for African students studying in the United States. 


Students from Africa pursuing studies and/or conducting research in the United States, and students from the United States pursuing studies and/or conducting research in Africa are eligible to apply for the award. Please note that travel must occur within 12 months of receiving the award.

To Apply

RAM North America General Manager Mr. Khalil Abdelhamid, with a 2013 award recipient

Applications are being accepted in one of the following ways:

Nominations– Only nominations from ASA members will be accepted. To renew your membership, please visit the ASA’s membership page

ASA Members are eligible to nominate outstanding students for the award. Once students are nominated, they will receive notification via email of their nomination, and information on next steps.

Individual Applications

Students applying without the nomination of an ASA member will be requested to submit an online application, and at least one letter of recommendation from a current Professor. Students can indicate in their application whether they would like to be considered for two round-trip tickets. Requests for two tickets must be justified during the application process.


All nominations and applications received on or before April 30, 2016 will be considered for this year.  PLEASE NOTE THE 2016 DEADLINE HAS PASSED AND THE ASA IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS.