WARC Travel Grants Fall 2016

WARA is now accepting applications for our biannual WARC Travel Grant. This cycle opens July 15 2016 and closes Septemer 15, 2016 @ 12.00pm EST.

The WARC Travel Grant supports West African post graduate  scholars and researchers carrying out research in West Africa. Studies in all disciplines are welcome.

Please note that this grant covers travel taking place between January 1 2017 and June 30, 2017.

Please complete your application using the link below:


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Time to Vote for WARA Board Members!

Voting is now open for the 2016 WARA board election. All current WARA members are urged to cast their ballots; if your membership is not current, this is the time to renew so that your vote can be counted. WARA continues to be blessed with an active and engaged board of directors and we are sad to have to bid farewell to two of them this year. Both Ibra Sene and Matthew Christensen have made enormous contributions over the course of their board terms and we thank them for their service. Click here for this year’s ballot.

WARA 2015-2016 Newsletter

The WARA newsletter is now available online. Click here to read.


Keep up with Events at WARA & WARC

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WARC  Announces Spring Travel Grant 2016 winners

The four WARC Travel Grant winners for Spring 2016 have been announced. They are:

Ikem Chinedu Joseph (Nigeria)  Master’s student at Nnamdi Azikiwe University.  “Antimalarial Properties of Selected Commercially Available Herbal Preparations in Nigeria”. He will be working in Ghana.

Nikiema Muhamadi (Bukina Faso) ,Doctoral student at UFR/SVT Universtie de Ouagadougou. ‘The methanization of municipal waste”. He will work in Benin.

Ottoitobiga Cecile Harmonie (Burkina Faso), Doctoral student at the University of Ouagadougou. “Irrigated rice production and the control of toxic ferrous and sulphuric elements;  fertilization, and varietal riziculture. She will conduct her research in Benin.

Soro Thionhoukele Drissa (Cote d’Ivoire), Master’s student at the University Nangui Abrogoua. ‘Spatio-temporal aspects of brush fires and their relation to vegetation and bio-diversity in the savanna zones of Côte d’Ivoire and Togo”. He will work in Togo.

Congratulations to the WARA 2016 Fellows

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s WARA Fellowship competition. We received many excellent proposals, making the decisions difficult. Thanks to our fellowship review committee for their very thoughtful review of applications and selection of this year’s fellows.

Tastes of West Africa Culinary Institute – 2017

Alas, we have had to postpone until February 2017 the Tastes of West Africa, a culinary sojourn in Senegal with Chef Pierre Thiam.  This means more time for people to plan ahead, so mark your calendars now for February 2017! If you or your friends would like to spend ten days of winter in sunny Dakar and come home with a new repertoire of dishes to dazzle your friends and family, consider joining us. You can find details on the site.