This series of programs and workshops has been developed to assist you in building skills, connections, resources, and more that will aid you in transitioning from graduate school into the professional/academic world. We welcome your suggestions on topics, guests, and workshops. Events are announced through our Friday Events email, social media and through the ASP website under News + Events.
The ASP Colloquium Series allows IU faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars to present topics relating to Africa. This event happens in the fall and spring terms, with six to nine colloquiums per term. It is a collegial gathering where you can receive feedback on your work. If you are preparing a professional paper or recently finished fieldwork, consider sharing your work at the colloquium. Contact the Associate Director for more information.
Attendance at conferences such as the annual African Studies Association Meetings, or the major conference for your particular disciplinary focus (AAA, ACASA, AFS, ALA, CAA, NCOTCL, etc.) are a significant part of your professional development. We recommend you attend at least one conference per year. If presenting a paper, there are some funds for graduate students.
Research and Internship Opportunities
The ASP has established paid internships through the academic journal Africa Today. ASP Faculty may be willing to work with individual graduate students on research projects, and IU has internship offerings through various partners cleared to offer internships for credit or pay by the Walters Career Center. As well, ASP publishes any such opportunities in the weekly Tuesday General Announcement Bulletins.
ASP believes that graduate students should have representation in the program’s major decisions. Thus, graduate representatives serve on the ASP Executive Committee (EC) and the African Languages Advisory Committee (ALAC). Members of GSAS (Graduate Students in African Studies) nominate a graduate representative each year for the EC. A graduate student who also serves as an Associate Instructor in African languages is invited to sit on the ALAC.