2019 Owomoyela Yoruba Studies Scholarship Launched

October 8, 2018
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The Center for African Studies is pleased to announce the launching of the  

Owomoyela Yoruba Studies Graduate Scholarship Competition

Purpose: The study of Yoruba language, literature, and culture receives special attention at OSU through an future bequest established in honor of Professor Oyekan Owomoyela, a noted Yoruba studies scholar and philanthropist. It supports academic and cultural activities focused on Yoruba culture in Western Nigeria and in other parts of West Africa, as well throughout the Yoruba Diaspora in such places as the Bahia region of Brazil, Cuba, and throughout the Atlantic World.  Ohio State’s Center for African Studies administers the endowment in collaboration with faculty from the Department of African American and African Studies, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, as well as the Yoruba Club 21, a Columbus-based socio-cultural group for people of Yoruba descent.

Scholarship fund use: Funds may be requested for research, study, performance, and other activities and events with a focus on Yoruba language, literatures, or culture, in Nigeria and/or in the Diaspora. Proposals for specific research projects can request funds to support:

  • Travel expenses related to research or a research collaboration (transportation, lodging, airfare, other)
  • Research project expenses (eg. acquiring data, supplies and materials)
  • Costs for development and hosting of a workshop, speaker, cultural or outreach event, or creative and expressive arts projects

Upon completion, scholarship recipients will share a presentation about their supported activity/research in an appropriate public forum. See the Owomoyela webpage for complete details.

Awards:  For 2018, up to $1000 will be awarded for student scholarships.  Scholarships will be awarded by November 30th and may be used through June 30, 2019.  Applications are due by 11:59 p.m on Thursday, November 1st, 2018.  All documents must be submitted electronically to cas@osu.edu.