WARA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Competition 2007-2008

Applications are invited from graduate students for the WARA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, for research in West Africa during the summer of 2008. Awardees will conduct research for a 2 to 3 month period in order to 1) prepare a doctoral research proposal; or 2) carry out research related to the completion of another terminal degree program (e.g. MFA or MPH).

Funded through the bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department, this competition is open to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in graduate programs at institutions of higher education in the United States. Priority will be given to applicants who are at the pre-dissertation stage, that is, who will be returning to their institution to complete course work, exams, etc. before beginning their fieldwork.

Each fellowship will provide round trip travel to a West African country and a stipend of up to $3,000. The West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal may assist with academic contacts and affiliations and recommendations for lodging in the country chosen by the fellow.

Candidates must submit:

  1. A 50-80 word abstract of the proposed research project
  2. An essay of no more than six (6) double-spaced pages describing the concept, methodology and significance of the proposed research project to their academic field, as well as how this research contributes to the mission of WARA. A one-page bibliography relevant to the proposal may also be attached.
  3. Three (3) letters of reference by professors
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Proof of U.S. citizenship (copy of passport)
  6. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies of official ones are acceptable
  7. A WARA grant application cover sheet (downloadable from the WARA website)

Complete applications will consist of one original and three copies of all materials (4 sets total) except letters of reference. Letters should be included in the application packet in envelopes sealed and signed by the referee. Letters of reference sent separately will not be considered.

All materials must be postmarked by December 1, 2007.

Upon completion of their research, fellows are required to submit a detailed report of their work and findings. This report will subsequently be published in the biannual WARA newsletter.

Please direct inquiries and submit applications to:
African Studies Center
Boston University
270 Bay State Road
Boston MA 02215
Tel: 617-353-8902
Fax: 617-353-4975
Email: Jennifer Yanco