Application is now open for the Florida International University Clark-Alonso Africa Scholarship. Interested candidates are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About Florida International University and Scholarship

Florida International University (FIU) stands as a prominent public research institution, tracing its origins to its establishment in 1965 by the Florida Legislature. The university welcomed its first cohort of students in 1972 and has since burgeoned into the third-largest university in Florida and the eighth-largest public university in the United States by enrollment. FIU is an integral part of the State University System of Florida, earning recognition for its research prowess and commitment to academic excellence.

As a testament to its research endeavors, FIU holds the coveted classification among the Carnegie “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” institutions. 

In the realm of national rankings, FIU has garnered recognition from U.S. News & World Report, positioning itself as the 72nd best public university in the United States for 2023. Across all national universities, public and private, FIU holds the 151st spot. The university’s commitment to innovation is underscored by its impressive 34th ranking for the most innovative university in the United States for 2022. This accolade reflects FIU’s pioneering strides in curriculum development, campus life enhancements, technology integration, and facilities improvement.

Moreover, FIU is celebrated as the 99th best university in the United States for Veterans in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. This distinction highlights FIU’s active participation in federal initiatives dedicated to supporting veterans and active-duty service members in their pursuit of higher education.

As part of its commitment to global engagement and academic excellence, FIU offers the Clark-Alonso Africa Scholarship within the Department of Politics and International Relations. This scholarship, valued at $1,000 annually, aims to stimulate research focused on sub-Saharan Africa. It is awarded to graduate students in the department who produce outstanding published papers or conference papers addressing the politics or international relations of sub-Saharan Africa. The Clark-Alonso Africa Scholarship reflects FIU’s dedication to fostering academic inquiry and promoting research contributions in areas of global significance.

Details about Florida International University Clark-Alonso Africa Scholarship:

Scholarship Sponsor: Florida International University, USA

Scholarship Value: $1,000

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: Postgraduate

Host Institution(s): Florida International University, USA

Courses: International Relations and Political Science

Eligibility Criteria for Florida International University Clark-Alonso Africa Scholarship

Applicants are advised to meet the following requirements to be qualified for the Florida International University Clark-Alonso Africa Scholarship:

  • Students enrolled at FIU who want to pursue graduate degrees in Political Science or International Relations at the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs will be eligible to apply for the scholarship.
  • Recipients must have given a paper at the annual African Studies Association conference or other national conferences, or they must have published a paper on the politics or international relations of sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The manuscript must have been either published, accepted for publication, or given a conference presentation in the preceding year.


The winner of the scholarship will be chosen by a three-person faculty panel that will evaluate the applications. The panel may, in extraordinary circumstances, declare joint winners; in such a scenario, the scholarship will be split between the two.

Award Announcement

Early in the Fall semester, during the Department’s annual Welcome Back Grads ceremony, the award will be given out.

Application Process for Florida International University Clark-Alonso Africa Scholarship

Interested and qualified candidates should log in or register for the Clark-Alonso Africa Scholarship here.

Supplemental Questions

  • Send in or upload a published article (or conference paper) about sub-Saharan African politics or international affairs.
  • Provide the necessary supporting materials for your publication, acceptance, or presentation (such as a screenshot of the conference schedule, an email from the journal editor, or the complete reference).

The Application Deadline is: March 15, 2024

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