2016 Saharan Crossroads Fellowship Competition for African Scholars

Application Deadline: December 15, 2015
The American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) and the West African Research Association (WARA) announce the fourth annual Saharan Crossroads Fellowship Competition for 2016.
Saharan Crossroads seeks to counter the conceptual divide separating North and sub-
Saharan Africa and the tendency to view the Sahara Desert as an impenetrable barrier dividing the continent into the northern “white” and sub-Saharan “black” Africa.
Countries to the north often find themselves placed in Mediterranean, Islamic, and Middle Eastern studies with little consideration of cultural, historical, or artistic contact with sub-
Saharan countries, which are often considered more authentically “African.”
Despite trans-Saharan cultural contact spanning centuries, this inaccurate perception of Africa as two distinct zones separated by an empty wasteland of desert continues to influence the way people think about this region and the continent as a whole.
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.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • US , North African and West African Scholars interested in conducting research in any part of North or West Africa concerning Saharan Crossroads are encouraged to apply for short-term fellowships (up to three months)


  • Awards up to 3,000 USD.
  • US scholars flying from the United States will receive an additional travel stipend

Application Procedure:

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 Saharan Crossroads Fellowship Competition


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