West African Research Center  (WARC) Travel Grant

Competitions West African Research Center (WARC) Travel Grant

Deadline: 19 March 2023

The West Africa Research Center (WARC) Travel Grant is currently open for applications.

The grant promotes intra-African cooperation and exchange among researchers and institutions by providing support to African scholars and graduate students for research visits to other institutions and regions on the continent.  The WARC Travel Grant provides travel costs up to $1,500 and a stipend of $1,500.

Travel grant funds may be used to:

  • Attend and present papers at academic conferences held on the continent of Africa
  • Visit libraries or archives located in Africa with resources necessary to the applicant’s academic work
  • Engage in collaborative work with colleagues at another African institution
  • Travel to a research site in Africa

I. Eligibility

  • This competition is open only to West African nationals, with priority given to those affiliated with West African colleges, universities, or research institutions.

II. Application requirements

  • Abstract (50-80 words) of proposed activity with a clear statement of purpose
  • Project/Research description (6 double-spaced pages maximum) including why travel is necessary (must be in  language understandable to non-specialist readers)
  • Proposed budget
  • Curriculum vitae (with research and teaching record)
  • Photocopy of the applicant’s passport (must be a West African national)

III. Submission

  • All applications must be submitted online through this form.  No application will be accepted through mail or email.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  
  • All applications must be submitted online in PDF documents
  • All applicants must have a recommendation letter.
  • If attending a conference:
  1. An abstract of the paper to be read
  2. Letter of acceptance to the conference
  3. If visiting another institution:
  4. invitation from host institution
  • If travel is to consult archives or other materials: a description of the collections to be consulted and their significance to the applicant’s research
  • If you are a graduate student: letter of recommendation from professor overseeing your research

Please address inquiries to Mariane Yade West African Research Center/Centre de Recherche Ouest Africaine [email protected] .

Funding for the WARC Travel Grant Program is provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

IV. About WARA

WARA is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion of research on West Africa and the diaspora, scholarly exchange, the dissemination of accurate information on West Africa and its diasporic communities, and increasing awareness of the critical place of West Africa in the global community.

Founded in 1989, WARA’s mission is to promote research and scholarly exchange between West African and US scholars and institutions through its research fellowships, conferences, and publications; and through the many programs headquartered at WARA’s research center in Dakar, Senegal.

The West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal is WARA’s overseas headquarters and provides a wide range of resources and support for researchers from the US, West Africa, and beyond. It provides scholars with a rich array of resources and supportive services including a research and film library, digitization lab, seminar rooms, computer and wireless Internet access, an on-site cafe, and a pleasant space in which to organize major international conferences, local seminars, and other scholarly and artistic projects.

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