The AAP Travel and Research Grant, formerly known as the Robert E. Holmes Travel Grant, provides students with the opportunity to explore topics of your interest and conduct research abroad during the summer or winter break.
During the student’s time aboard, the grant recipient is expected to pursue (in part or full) an independent study or research project that the student has designed in consultation with a faculty member.
After the student has completed their project, the grant recipient will be asked to prepare a fifteen-minute presentation and to produce a five-page paper on their project, including a budgetary accounting.
Minimum GPA of 3.0
Current first-year, sophomore or junior standing
Active participation in AAP for at least one academic year
Janaba Gakou (2019) - Studied the impact and perceptions of traditional birth mothers, in comparison to a plethora of comparable factors, as they relate to maternal mortality throughout Senegal.
Aminata Kebbeh (2019) - Studied the extent to which Gambia directly and indirectly promotes or discourages the use of skin bleaching products, as well as the impact on citizens.
Justin Olivera (2019) - Studied Afrochella in Accra, Ghana to conduct an analysis of the festival goers in order to explore the purpose of Afrochella and its development as a statement of Pan-African resistance.
Jonelle Boafo (2018) - studied the factors that play into the varying child malnutrition rates in different regions of Ghana as well as what may have led to the regression, progression or stagnance of these rates.
Breanna Byrd (2018) - studied how the museum, the historic site, and the history of The Instituto Dos Pretos Novos, or The Cemetery for “New Blacks,” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are connected to its descendent community members, the 19th century French artist Jean Baptiste Debret and the colonial vision, and lastly to Brazil’s overall national identity in order to contextualize the cemetery and place it in conversation about memorial practices throughout the Americas.
Alexyss Robinson (2018) - studied how anti-colonialist narratives like Eric Williams’ History of the People of Trinidad and Tobago have influenced the way the Trinidadian population identifies both on the island and in the United States, how soca and chutney soca have impacted these identities, as well as where did this “Afro-Creole” perspective leave those of Indian descent (including Afro-Indian “douglas”)?
Kelsey Moore (2017) - studied how language is used as both a tool of oppression and ethnic empowerment for the Garifuna people in Hopkins, Belize.
Victoria Rodriguez (2017) - studied how women in Monterrey (Nuevo Leon), Mexico view Our Lady of Guadalupe who is the Mexican version of Virgin Mary.
Sharmenie Esin (2016) - studied where Curaçao natives believe their ancestry lies, compared to their scientific ancestral genealogy.