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West African Research Association (WARA) 2020 Travel Grants for African Scholars

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

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

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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 Grant

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.

Requirements for WARA Research Grant Qualification

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


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Application Deadline

March 15, 2020


How to Apply

  1. Abstract (50-80 words) of proposed activity with a clear statement of purpose
  2. Project/Research description (6 double-spaced pages maximum) including why travel is necessary (must be in  language understandable to non-specialist readers)
  3. Proposed budget
  4. Curriculum vitae (with research and teaching record)
  5. Photocopy of the applicant’s passport (must be a West African national)
  6. All applications must be submitted online in PDF documents
  7. If attending a conference:
    an abstract of the paper to be read
    letter of acceptance to the conference
  8. If visiting another institution: invitation from host institution
  9. 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
  10. 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]

For more details, visit WARA website



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