The vision of the Williams in Africa Initiative, launched in 2006-2007 by Professor David Eppel was to create a set of curricular and extracurricular opportunities to encourage students to engage meaningfully with the African continent. The initiative supports faculty creation of fieldwork opportunities including winter study travel courses and summer fieldwork projects. It also connects students to opportunities provided by other institutions.
In recent years, the Initiative piloted a study away program and facilitated a post-grad fellowship. It has also supported the development of Winter Study travel courses such as SPEC 24: Community Development Work and Study in Liberia and WGSS 25: Creating Social Enterprises with Marginalized Ugandan Youth.
As a result of political and administrative challenges in Cape Town, the study away program will not be offered in 2016.
This innovative experiential study away program teaches students about South African politics, society, and development and cultivates their research skills through a special seminar/tutorial and fieldwork placement at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town. The program’s unique feature is the unifying seminar/tutorial on contemporary social and political issues in South Africa. The seminar/tutorial partners Williams students with South African Parliamentarians and government ministers in a collaborative learning effort focused on policy issues of mutual interest.
This fellowship for recent Williams graduates at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town, South Africa provides the opportunity to work on cutting edge policy research focused on tackling poverty and promoting socio-economic progress in developing countries. Fellows work side by side with senior researchers and Williams interns at the Institute for 14 months beginning in June.