2016 West African Research Center (WARC) Travel Grant for African Scholars and Graduate Students

Application Deadline: March 15, 2016.

The WARC Travel Grant program is open to West African nationals conducting research on the continent.

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

Funding for the WARC Travel Grant Program is provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

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.

Successful candidates must agree to make public presentations on their research to

1) their academic institution, and

2) their local communities. Moreover, successful candidates will submit to the WARC Library in Dakar one copy of their dissertation/thesis, articles, and other publications arising from the research funded through this grant.

All applications must be submitted online. Complete applications will include uploaded word, pdf, or jpgs of all of the documents listed below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

A brief (50-80 word) abstract of the activity to be funded, beginning with a clear statement of purpose

  • A description (6 double-spaced pages maximum) of the applicant’s research and how the proposed travel is relevant to this work. This should be presented in language understandable to non-specialist readers
  • A curriculum vitae with research and teaching record when relevant
  • If attending a conference, an abstract of the paper to be read and a letter of acceptance to the conference
  • If visiting another institution, an invitation from host institution
  • 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
  • For graduate students, a letter of recommendation by the professor overseeing their research
  • Proof of citizenship in the form of a photocopy of the applicant’s passport (please note: this competition is open only to West African nationals eligible for non-immigrant visas to the U.S.).

 Inquiries may be addressed to:

Mariane Yade
West African Research Center/Centre de Recherche Ouest Africaine
B.P. 5456 (Fann Residence)
Rue E x Léon G. Damas
Dakar , Senegal
Tel: 221-865-22-77; Fax: 221-824-20-58; Email: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the  2016 West African Research Center (WARC) Travel Grant


  1. This is a wonderful approach to developing African and the the rest continent on the globe.May I ask if the the grant will be be in form of sponsorship or support on the existing thesis because am currently engaging in research on the cognitive learning as a pivotal on development in Nigeria. The research population can be extended to Africa.


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