Africa in Duke

Duke has myriad resources dedicated to the study and research of the African continent in addition to the countless opportunities for African students and faculty to get connected while on campus; please scroll down below to see just a few. Also, Karen Jean Hunt, international and area studies librarian, had created a virtual space online here, and can be contacted for more information about the African resources at the Perkin’s library.

The Concilium on Southern Africa (COSA)


 The Concilium on Southern Africa (COSA) is an interdisciplinary network of faculty committed to widening and deepening relationships between Duke University and the countries and peoples of Southern Africa, and offering ongoing opportunities on the Duke campus for faculty and students to engage with Southern African concerns.

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DukeAfrica is an organization founded on the main principle of disseminating African culture and tradition to the Duke and greater Durham communities. Students can find a warm and welcoming environment in which to celebrate and understand the diverse history of the African continent. Through various events held throughout the school year, including discussions, movie nights, and study breaks, DukeAfrica spreads awareness regarding the current social, political, and economic state of Africa. Most importantly, we strive to aid the very establishments and organizations that provide for the advancement of the African people.

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The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Duke

Duke University is proud to welcome the inaugural class of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The program provides academically talented, yet economically disadvantaged young people, who are committed to giving back to their communities and countries, with access to quality and relevant education. The United Nations announced the program on September 26. Five scholars with The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program began their studies at Duke University this academic year.

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“Busi’s Story

Sbusisiwe Sibeko is the first person in her family to go to college. She traveled from South Africa to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina to study through The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The program hopes to transform Africa by educating a select group of promising young students like Busi. This is her story. For more about The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Duke visit


Duke Center for International Development (DCID)

Executive Education Program

DCID’s executive education programs have trained nearly 4,000 development professionals across the globe since 2001. These programs include open enrollment programs held at Duke University, customized programs held on campus, and specialized programs offered in participants’ home countries. This program has hosted government dignitaries and professionals from across the African continent.

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The Africa Initiative│John Hope Franklin Center
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