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Tuesday, November 8, 2016


The Department of Africology of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accepting Applications for our PhD Program for fall 2017.

The mission of the Department of Africology is to engage in critical inquiry of the cultures, societies, and political economies of the people of Africa and the African diaspora. Africology’s interdisciplinary scope encompasses Africa and the African diaspora, examining societies across the globe. The PhD in Africology fosters knowledge of these diverse communities and societies in order to gain insights into pressing issues and critical phenomena, to critique and generate theories, and to disseminate transformative knowledge.

Presently, there are two fields of concentration offered by the department: Culture & Society (e.g. literature, history, psychology, folklore) and Political Economy/Public Policy.  I invite you to visit our website for more information: 

On the Africology website you should click on the Graduate Program link and find the handbook. The Handbook describes the different steps for applying and also the steps for advancing through the PhD Program.

To apply you must do so through the UWM Graduate School through their online application process. (Please note that according to the UWM Graduate School, all documents must be submitted online.)  Application elements for Africology Department include the following:

1) At least three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the applicant’s academic work;

2) A sample (10-15 pages) of the individual’s written work, signaling the
applicant’s aptitude for graduate work;

3) A lucid and cogent (1-2 pages) personal statement from the applicant indicating the individual’s reasons for pursuing graduate study;

4) Undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions that the individual has attended.

5) Official scores from the aptitude portion of the GRE from all students, and
TOEFL scores from non-native English speakers.

Students entering the program should have a grade point average of 3.5, 3 letters of recommendation, a GRE score, a statement regarding her/his reasons for pursuing the degree as well as a sample of the individual's work.

Students must also apply directly to UWM’s Graduate School, and forward the requisite application fee in order to have their materials considered. Prospective applicants should visit the Graduate School’s website to access the application. (Fellowships offered by the Graduate School also may be found on its website). 

At this time, we have already made our admissions decisions for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 matriculation. However, you may begin assembling and submitting your application for Fall 2017 matriculation.  Applications are due Dec. 1, 2016 for those who would like to be considered for funding.

Email address dmbalia@uwm.edu if you have questions

Priority deadline: Applications received by Dec. 1 receive first consideration for admission and funding.