From January 2003 to December 2007, the African Scholars Program welcomed 37 scholars from African universities representing 15 African nations. With the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Smith College, the program offered fellowships to African scholars for four-month residencies at one of the five colleges. Women and men throughout Africa, particularly those who had not had recent access to such opportunities, were encouraged to apply. The fellowships allowed the program to develop a rich network of program alumni.
The residency program ended in 2008 with an alumni reunion at the CODESRIA General Assembly in Cameroon.
Photo: Five College African Studies alumni, faculty and staff at the CODESRIA General Assembly in Cameroon. You can also view our group photo below.