The University of Pennsylvania's African Studies Center has received funding from the Ford Foundation over a three-year period (1998-2001) to institutionalize "dual intellectual citizenship" among Africanists. This will be accomplished through a program that combines the sharing of knowledge already being produced in Africa with the training and research that will produce new kinds of scholarly interactions between Africa and the West.
The program consists of four initiatives.
The first will disseminate scholarship produced in Africa through the internet
in collaboration with various African research institutions, including
the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)
and the Economic Commission on Africa (ECA), and the Organization for Social
Science Research in East Africa (OSSREA). The second will provide Africanist
graduate students with the opportunity to study and initiate long-term
mentoring relationships with African scholars through a summer graduate
program in Dakar, Senegal. The third aims to recruit undergraduate students,
particularly those of minority background, into Africa-related studies
and professions through a "Careers in Africa Day." Outstanding participants
in this event will be selected the following year to work as interns with
relevant institutions and NGO's in Africa. The final initiative will provide
funding for Penn medical students and graduate students in the social sciences
to undertake short-term health "practica" in a variety of settings on the