The vision of the Williams in Africa Initiative, launched in 2006-2007 by Professor David Eppel (David.Eppel@williams.edu), was to create a set of curricular and extracurricular programs to encourage students to engage meaningfully with the African continent. The initiative began with a pilot year of summer internships and post-graduate fellowships. It now consists of an experiential study away program. The first is the Cape Town Policy in Action Program, which runs in the Fall semester. The other is the Williams/EPRI Felllowship, a 14-month, post-baccalaureate policy research fellowship program. It is open to graduating Seniors and recent Williams alums and begins each June then runs through July of the following year. There are also Winter Study Courses and summer opportunities available through the Williams in Africa initiative.
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.
Interested in the study away program? Read more details here and find application instructions here. For more information, contact Dean Laura McKeon (Laura.B.McKeon@williams.edu), or CLiA Director Paula Consolini (Paula.M.Consolini@williams.edu).
This newly created fellowship at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town, South Africa provides recent Williams graduates 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.