West African Research Association (WARA) Travel Grants 2017 for African Scholars

The WARC Travel Grant provides travel costs up to $1,500 and a stipend of $1,500 to West African scholars.

Application Deadlines: 

  • 15th March 2017
  • 15th September 2017

Eligible Countries: West African countries

To be taken at (country): Any African country of candidate’s choice.

About the Award: The WARC Travel Grant program 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 on the continent

Type: Research Grants

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

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Grants: The WARC Travel Grant provides travel costs up to $1,500 and a stipend of $1,500. Travel grant funds may be used to:

  1. attend and present papers at academic conferences relevant to the applicant’s field of research;
  2. visit libraries or archives that contain resources necessary to the applicant’s current academic work;
  3. engage in collaborative work with colleagues at another institution;
  4. travel to a research site.

Duration of Grants:  

  • Between July 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017  for the 15th March 2017 deadline and
  • between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018 for the  15th September 2017 deadline

How to Apply: All applications must be submitted online at:

https://fs9.formsite.com/westafricanresearchassociation/form33/index.html

Complete applications will include uploaded word, pdf, or jpgs of all of the documents listed below.

  • A brief (50-80 word) abstract of the activity to be funded, beginning with a clear statement of purpose
  • A description (6 double-spaced pages maximum) of the applicant’s research and how the proposed travel is relevant to this work. This should be presented in language understandable to non-specialist readers
  • A curriculum vitae with research and teaching record when relevant
  • If attending a conference, an abstract of the paper to be read and a letter of acceptance
  • If visiting another institution, an 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
  • For graduate students, a letter of recommendation by the professor overseeing their research
  • Proof of citizenship (scan of the applicant’s passport).

Visit Grants Webpage for details

Award Provider: Funding for WARA’s Fellowship 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.

Important Notes: Please note: this competition is open only to West African nationals eligible for non-immigrant visas to the U.S. WARC Travel Grantees must agree in writing to submit to the WARC Library in Dakar two copies of their dissertation/thesis, articles, and all other publications arising from the research funded through this grant. They must also agree to make public presentations on their research to 1) their academic institution, and 2) their local communities and to submit reports on these to WARA.

Please note that late & incomplete applications will not be considered.

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