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Introduction to the Clark-Alonso Africa Scholarship 2024
The Clark-Alonso Africa Scholarship is a prestigious academic award that is specifically created to promote research on sub-Saharan Africa within the Department of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University (FIU). It is an annual scholarship fund that awards a sum of $1,000 to the most deserving graduate student who produces the best-published paper or conference paper on the politics or international relations of sub-Saharan Africa.
This scholarship is a great opportunity for students who are passionate about exploring the socio-political and economic dynamics of the African continent. It aims to encourage and support the academic pursuits of students in the field of African studies by providing them with a platform to showcase their research and analytical skills. The scholarship committee evaluates the submissions based on their originality, relevance, and scholarly value, and the winner is chosen through a rigorous selection process. By offering this scholarship, FIU demonstrates its commitment to promoting academic excellence and creating opportunities for students to make a positive impact on the world.
The award ceremony takes place every year at the end-of-year reception. To be eligible for the award, the research paper or conference paper must have been published or accepted for publication in a reputable peer-reviewed journal or conference.
The awardee is selected by a jury of highly qualified faculty members in the respective department, who evaluate the submissions based on their originality, significance, clarity, and relevance to the field. The award is intended to recognize and honor outstanding research contributions in the discipline and to encourage further academic excellence and progress.
The scholarship that is being offered is specifically designed for students who are enrolled at Florida International University (FIU) and are pursuing a graduate degree in either international relations or political science at the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs.
To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must have produced a published paper on the politics or international relations of sub-Saharan Africa or presented a paper at the annual African Studies Association conference or other national conferences.
Moreover, it is required that the paper have been published, accepted for publication, or presented at a conference during the previous calendar year. This scholarship is a great opportunity for students who are researching or have already produced high-quality work in the field of politics or international relations in sub-Saharan Africa and are looking to advance their studies.
The scholarship selection process involves a three-person faculty panel that is responsible for reviewing applications and determining the winner. Their evaluation criteria include academic merit, extracurricular activities, personal achievements, and community involvement.
In some cases, the panel may encounter exceptional applications and decide to announce joint winners, in which case the scholarship fund will be divided equally between the two recipients. The panel’s decision will be final and cannot be appealed.
How to Apply
When submitting an application for the program, please be aware that there are additional requirements that you need to fulfill. Firstly, you will be required to upload a published paper or conference paper that pertains to the politics or international relations of sub-Saharan Africa.
Secondly, you will also need to submit appropriate documentation that verifies the publication, acceptance, or presentation of your paper. This documentation can include a full reference, an email from the journal editor, a screenshot of the conference program, or any other relevant proof.
Please keep in mind that the deadline for applications is March 15, 2024.