West African Research Association fellowships for 2012, Due January 15, 2012

To apply: applications should consist of one original and three copies (4 sets total) mailed to WARA.

Fellowship Deadline: 1 February 2012; applications postmarked after that date will not be considered.

The WARA grant application cover sheet is required for all applications and may be downloaded from the WARA web site www.bu.edu/wara/files/pdf/WARA.CoverSheet.pdf.

Grant Deadline: applications must be postmarked no later than 15 January 2012. Awards will be announced by 31 March 2012.

Additional Information: www.bu.edu/wara

*WARA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship: offered to US citizens for research in West Africa during the summer of 2012. Open to graduate students who wish to conduct research for a 2 – 3 month period to: 1) prepare a doctoral research proposal; 2) carry out research related to the completion of another terminal degree program. Priority will be given to applicants who are at pre-dissertation stage and who will be returning to their institution to complete course work, exams, etc prior to beginning field work. Fellowships will provide round trip travel to a West African country and a stipend of $3500.

Applications will include: 50-80 word abstract of proposed research project; essay of no more than six double-spaced pages describing the concept, methodology and significance of the proposed research project to their academic field as well as how related to mission of WARA (a one page bibliography may also be attached); three letters of reference by professors; curriculum vitae; both undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official copies acceptable); a WARA grant application cover sheet.

*WARA Post-Doctoral Fellowship: offered to US citizens for research in West Africa during the summer of 2012. Open to persons already holding a PhD or other terminal degree and teaching positions in institutions of higher education in the U.S. Fellowship funds research for a 2 – 3 month period to: 1) complete or elaborate upon an earlier project; 2) initiate a new research project; 2) enhance their understanding of a particular topic to improve teaching effectiveness or broaden course offerings.  Fellowships will provide round trip travel to a West African country and a stipend of $3500.

Applications will include: 50-80 word abstract of proposed research project; essay of no more than six double-spaced pages describing the concept, methodology and significance of the proposed research project to their academic field as well as how related to mission of WARA (a one page bibliography may also be attached); three letters of reference by colleagues in the applicant’s field; curriculum vitae; a WARA grant application cover sheet.

*WARC Library Fellowship: Library fellow program is designed to encourage the next generation of Africana librarians and to assist in capacity building at the library of the West African Research Center in Dakar Senegal.

Requirements: Preference will be given to those fluent in or having a working knowledge of French. Internship will provide round trip travel to Dakar and $2500 to cover cost of living for 6 – 8 weeks. Competition is open to US citizens enrolled in a graduate program in Library/Information Science. Priority given to those enrolled in graduate programs at HBCUs and those who completed undergraduate studies at an HBCU.

Applications will include: a statement of not more than six double-spaced pages describing career plan and how internship would contribute to their professional development (indicate particular areas of interest and expertise as well as description of personal and professional goals for internship); WARA grant application cover sheet; three letters of reference from professors; resume’; both undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official copies acceptable).

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