The following awards and scholarships are available to graduate students in the Africology and African American Studies PhD program.
- The Adeniyi Coker Award is named for Adeniyi Coker, the first student to graduate with a PhD from our department and an accomplished author, professor and distinguished Black Studies scholar. The student who receives this award demonstrates Pan-African ideals in work and expression.
- The Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Award is given to a graduate African American Studies student who represents the department’s commitment to community and public action.
- The James L. Conyers Award is given to three students whose academic papers have been accepted for presentation at national or international conferences.
- The Molefi Kete Asante Award, named after the department chair, recognizes outstanding intellectual originality and boldness and is given to a second- or third-year graduate student who best represents Afrocentric scholarship.
- The Octavio Cato Award is named for the famed African American leader in Philadelphia who best articulated the goals and objectives of the African American community in the 19th century. The award recognizes the student who demonstrates a profound dedication to political, social and economic innovation.
- The Stephen Couvillion Scholarship is named in the honor of a former graduate student. It is awarded to awarded to the master’s student who shows unusual initiative and direction in research and scholarship. The Couvillion Award represents one of the highest awards given in the department.