The African Studies Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination process for the 2015 Royal Air Maroc-African Studies Association Student Travel Award.

This 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 will consist 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), will be given every year at the ASA’s Annual Meeting. In 2015, several tickets will be awarded to competitively selected students who have displayed outstanding scholarship in their area of study. The selection committee may, at its discretion, award exceptionally outstanding students with two round-trip tickets instead of one. Award tickets may be used to facilitate research, study abroad, and/or travel home for African students studying in the United States.

The awards will be distributed at the Awards Ceremony at the 58th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association. The Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday, November 21, in San Diego, CA at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.



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

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. ASA members nominating their students can submit their nomination here.

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. Letters of recommendation should be emailed to the ASA Secretariat at [email protected] 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. Students nominating themselves can submit their application here.


All nominations and applications received on or before October 20, 2015 will be considered for this year.