CFAS Annual Prizes

Students are invited to submit essays for the Center for Africana Studies’ annual prizes. Submission deadlines are posted at the beginning of the spring term.

Named in honor of University of Pennsylvania alumnus, author and the first director of the Afro-American Studies Program, this prize is awarded annually for the best undergraduate Africana Studies (African American or Diaspora) essay in literature or the arts. Prize recipient is awarded $250. Students may submit an essay previously written for a course.

Named in honor of celebrated Nigerian novelist, children's writer, screenplay writer and autobiographer, this prize is awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay on African language, literature (in any language, written or oral), music or the arts. Prize recipient is awarded $250. Students may submit an essay previously written for a course.

Named in honor of University of Pennsylvania sociologist and Pan-Africanist, this prize is awarded annually for the best undergraduate Africana Studies (African American or Diaspora) essay in history or the social sciences. Prize recipient is awarded $250. Students may submit an essay previously written for a course.

Named in honor of the first president of independent Nigeria, this prize is awarded for the best undergraduate African Studies essay in any of the social or natural sciences. Prize recipient is awarded $250. Students may submit an essay previously written for a course.

Students should contact the Center for Africana Studies, 3401 Walnut Street, Suite 331A, for additional information on submission guidelines or for more information about the above prizes.