Applications are currently open for masters and doctoral degrees in the Department of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We’ve put together a summary of application information, including funding details.

The Department of African Cultural Studies (ACS) has been an interdisciplinary department since its inception as the Department of African Languages & Literature in 1964. Faculty and graduate students conduct research that engages a broad range of cultural production on the continent and in the diaspora: literature, theater, film, television, music, technology, folklore, religious rituals, and cartoons. The department also offers courses on African languages and applied linguistics, ethnography, gender studies, history, and theories of knowledge production on the continent.

Applicants of all backgrounds are welcome, and minority students with interdisciplinary research interests are strongly encouraged.


Master’s Program

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Previous coursework relating to African Studies preferred

Doctoral Program

  • Master’s Degree in related field
  • Submit MA thesis as a writing sample

Application Guidelines and Documents

  • $75 Application Fee
  • University Transcripts
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (International Applicants)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • CV or Résumé
  • Three Letters of Recommendation


The Department of African Cultural Studies states in its graduate guide,

The department automatically considers all applicants for support through teaching assistantships and various UW–Madison fellowships. All admitted students are guaranteed five years of funding, typically in the form of TAships, as long as they are making satisfactory progress. Our top domestic minority students are typically nominated for, and often receive, Advanced Opportunity Fellowships. All domestic students are encouraged to apply for Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships.

Click here for a full list of Teaching Assistantships.

Application Deadline: 15 December 2020

For more information on how to apply, please see the Department of African Cultural Studies Graduate Programs Website.

All questions regarding eligibility should be directed to the Graduate Coordinator, Toni Landis, at [email protected].

Click here to apply!