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WARC Travel Grant

Applications for the Spring 2018 WARC Travel Grant competition are now open! You can apply here! The submission deadline is March 15, 2018.

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.

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


WARA Fellowship Applications

Applications for the 2018 WARA Fellowship competition are now open! Click here to apply! The submission deadline is February 1, 2018.

WARA fellowships funded by a grant from the Educational and Cultural Affairs bureau of the US Department of State through Council of American Overseas Research Centers make it possible for a broad range of educators and students to experience professional exchanges and carry out research projects in West Africa.

The WARA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled in graduate programs at institutions of higher education in the United States to conduct research in West Africa during the summer of 2018.

The WARA Post-Doctoral Fellowship is open to U.S citizens already holding a Ph.D. who are currently affiliated with an academic institution or who work in another related domain and would like to conduct research in West Africa.

The WARC Library Fellowship is designed to provide experience in West Africa for practicing librarians and for the next generation of Africana librarians. Open to U.S citizens, this fellowship provides round trip travel to Dakar and a stipend of $2,500 to cover the cost of living during the summer of 2018.

The WARA Residency Fellowship offers residencies for WARA member institutions to host a West African Scholar on their campus.


Congratulations to the Fall 2017 WARC Travel Grant Awardees! We look forward to your research findings in month to come…

Thank you to everyone who submitted applications for the WARC Travel Grant this summer. We received an abundance of excellent proposals and regret that we are unable to fund more of them.

Agblegoe Benigan (Université de Lomé, Togo), “Essai sur le régime juridique de la lutte contre le terrorisme en droit international: Cas de L’UNION AFRICAINE”

  •  The project aims to study not only the evolution of the terrorist threat in the world in general and especially in Africa, but also the involvement of the African Union and the measures it has taken in legal terms to fight against terrorism.

Are Elisha Bayode (University of ILorin, Nigeria), “Modelling the impact of counterfiet drugs on the control of MALARIA-TYPHOID co-infection in Nigeria”

  •  This project aims to analyze Nigeria malaria incidence data and to fit to data the novel mathematical model for malaria transmission in Nigeria which has been developed, by incorporating the peculiarity of both the ecology and epidemiology of the disease in the country.

 Elh Moudi Moustapha (University of INRAN, Niger), “Amélioration de la productivité agricole en zone sahélo saharienne comme alternative à la crise alimentaire, par la redynamisation du recyclage des nutriments des sols dégradé ; cas des sols sableux de la région Sud-Est du Niger”

  • This is the ongoing research of facilitating access to fertilizers in line with the needs of the soil through recycling nutrients, specific to the South-East region of Niger.

Oboh Mary (Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, Senegal), “Immunologic and Genetic correlates of protective immunity of SERA-5, PfRH5, and MSP-3 vaccine candidate antigens among infectious populations of Nigeria and its implication for malaria vaccine development”

  • This study  seeks to evaluate the immunologic and genetic correlates of circulating vaccine candidate antigens (SERA 5, PfRH5 and MSP 3) of malaria (Plasmodium falciparum) in Nigeria with the specific objectives of evaluating the distinctive short nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) involved in the diversity of the species using High Resolution Melting and evaluate whole and specific antibody (IgG, IgG 1-4) response to P. falciparum MSP-3, SERA 5 and PfRH 5 antigens in the study areas.

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Ideas Matter Research Fellowships for West African Scholars

The West African Research Association, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, is pleased to announce awardees for the Ideas Matter Fellowship Program. This is the second year of this fellowship, which supports the work of doctoral students whose dissertation research focuses on women, technology or entrepreneurship and who are based in West African institutions. In this second competition, we received 65 eligible applications from graduate students representing ten West African countries and fields as diverse as biology, agronomy, political science, medicine, public health, chemistry, and pharmacy. Their research seeks to solve many of the most trenchant health and economic challenges facing Africa today. This year, we received a larger number of Anglophone to francophone applicants. Nearly half of the applicants this time around were young women, a 16% increase from last year, attesting to the growing role of women in science and technology. The three candidates selected from this rich trove of applications are:

Mrs. Isata Kamanda (Sierra Leone, Agricultural Research Institute) Crop Improvement Involving women in participatory selection of biofortified cassava germplasm in Sierra Leone According to the W.H.O., more than 40% of pregnant women, lactating mothers and preschool children have moderate to severe Vitamin A Deficiency (VAD), despite efforts the government has made to import other vitamin sources, which have proven ineffective and unsustainable. Cassava (also known as manioc), is a popular food staple in Sierra Leone, and biofortified germplasm offer a potential solution to VAD. Mrs. Kamanda’s research will investigate a means to popularize biofortified cassava by involving rural women in the selection process of favorable biofortified cassava germplasm.

Ms. Amoin Gervaise Kouame (Côte d’Ivoire, University Nangui Abrogoua) Natural Sciences Menopause in Côte d’Ivoire: knowledge of traditional methods of treatment and evaluation of their efficiency Over 22% of women over 40 years of age experience problems from menopause, including cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Current hormonal treatments are expensive and cause negative side effects. Ms. Kouame’s research will determine and test local Ivorian plants rich in phytoestrogen, which is an effective treatment against the health complications of menopause.

Mr. Yao Manu Seshie (Burkina Faso, Fondation 2iE) Electric, Energy, and Industrial Engineering Experimental studies of the solar concentration plant CSP4Africa The ORC turbine machine is utilized in solar plants to transform heat to electricity. Currently, it is only available through a specialized enterprise. It is essential to allowing the utilization of solar energy. Mr, Seshie’s research aims to test different the ORC machine in different dimensions with the goal of creating a smaller, more efficient, and more affordable model that will allow solar energy to be more accessible to lower income populations throughout West Africa.   The Ideas Matter Fellowship Program reflects WARA and the Mastercard Foundation’s commitment to increasing opportunities for emerging West African scholars who are transforming ideas into active solutions to the challenges facing the region and the world at large.


Read all about it!

The long-awaited release of WARA’s 2016-2017 Newsletter is now here! This issue’s theme was “Religion in West Africa,” featuring work from WARA board members, guest lecturers, and grantees. Included also are updates on WARA and changes this year. Happy reading!

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Scholar Rescue Fund

Do you know colleagues or friends whose academic work puts them or their families at risk? Please let them know about Scholar Rescue Fund, a program that enables scholars to pursue their work in safety and to continue to share their knowledge. The Scholar Rescue Fund has awarded IIE-SRF fellowships to 681 scholars from 56 countries, placing them at over 360 host partner institutions in 41 countries around the world. For nearly 10 years, WARC has served as a host institution for the Scholar Rescue Fund.