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West African Research Association (WARA) 2020 Residency Fellowship for African Researchers

In the interest of enhancing transatlantic exchange and collaboration, the West African Research Association, with funding from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US State Department, offers Residencies for WARA member institutions to host a West African Scholar on their campus. 

Each residency will last 4-8 weeks and will provide the visiting scholar with opportunities for library research, guest lecturing, and/or collaborative work with American colleagues.

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About West African Research Association (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, Sene... read more


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Aim and Benefits of WARA Research

WARA will pay the round-trip travel costs of the selected scholar as well as a stipend of $3500 to help cover meals and local transportation costs. Host institutions are encouraged to provide additional support in the form of housing, office space, library privileges, laboratory facilities, or other supports for the period of the residency.


Requirements for WARA Research Qualification

All applications for WARA grants, including the WARA Residency Fellowship, must be submitted through the online application.


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Application Deadline

February 15, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to West African Research Association (WARA) on fs9.formsite.com to apply

All applications must be submitted online and will include:

  1. Name and contact information for representative of WARA host institution
  2. A 50-80 word abstract of the proposed residency, clearly indicating the purpose of the Residency (clearly indicate the host institution contact person)
  3. A proposal of no more than six (6) double-spaced pages profiling the visiting scholar, his or her proposed residency activities, how the residency will contribute to the goals of WARA, the expected impact or outcome of the residency, and any support that the host institution is prepared to contribute
  4. Curriculum vitae for the visiting scholar
  5. A letter of interest from the scholar
  6. A letter of support from a relevant administrator (dean, department chair, etc.) at the host institution
  7. Proof of citizenship in the form of a copy of the scholar’s passport (please note: only scholars who are eligible for non-immigrant visas to the U.S. will be considered)

Important Notes: Please note that applications can only be made by WARA member institutions for the purpose of bringing a specific scholar to their campus. Applications from individual scholars will not be accepted.


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