2013-2014 Saharan Crossroads Fellowships for North/West African Scholars

Application Deadline: October 15 2013


Saharan Crossroads is an initiative of the West African Research Association (WARA) and The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS), in collaboration with the Saharan Studies Association (SSA). It aims to strengthen the cultural, artistic and historical links among the peoples living within and across the Sahara Desert.

The Saharan Crossroads Initiative is a partnership of AIMS, WARA and the Saharan Studies Association (SSA) that provides support for research, conferences and publications exploring the culture, geography, history, and sociology of this region.

Contact among traders, scholars, artisans, and nomads set the stage for the emergence of richly diverse aesthetic expressions along the web of North to South and East to West routes crossing the Sahara as well as at their beginning and ending points. The Sahara and its peripheries continue to be platforms of interconnected peoples and cultures.


US, North African and West African Scholars interested in conducting research in North or West Africa concerning Saharan Crossroads are encouraged to apply for short-term fellowships (up to three months) for awards up to 3,000 USD. US scholars flying from the United States will receive an additional travel stipend.

Priority will be given to scholars conducting fieldwork in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia or anywhere in West Africa. Priority will also be given to scholars who have not received AIMS or WARA funding in the last two years. All Fellows are required to give a public lecture at an AIMS or WARC research center or other affiliated institution.


The competition is open to students, senior or independent scholars holding at least a Master’s Degree. Research must be completed before Dec 31, 2014.

Applications must be submitted online.

Awards will be announced in December 2013. This year there is funding for only three awards which will be given to one N. African scholar, one W. African scholar and one US Scholar.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2013-2014 Saharan Crossroads Fellowships 


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