Morris Goodman Awards

The study of an African language is important in preparation for national dissertation research grants and for field research. These awards, in honor of Linguistics Professor Emeritus Morris Goodman, provide up to $3,000 for students in their second year of study or beyond to study an African language taught outside of Northwestern University.

Many students find a qualified African tutor in the Chicago area, but others have taken these grants to Africa for individual study; on one of the Fulbright-Hays Language Group Projects Abroad (GPAs); to the Summer Cooperative African Language Institute (SCALI); on one of the Title VI NRC campuses; or even to Europe (e.g. study of African Portuguese in an institution in Lisbon for fieldwork in Cape Verde). In the Chicago area, the grant normally supports 20 weeks of language study, three hours a week ($25/hour).

Application instructions:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applications must include the following for successful submission:

  1. letter that states their research plans, justifies the need for language training, and describes how the training will be completed;
  2. if tutoring is proposed, the application must include information about the tutor, including a curriculum vitae and documentation of visa status for remuneration purposes. 

Online application available through the Application Portal.

For other types of language study, students must provide information about the strengths of the program, the syllabus, evaluations, etc. Send inquiries to the Program of African Studies at or 847-491-7323.