WARA Residencies for West African Scholars 2015

This year all applications for WARA grants, including the WARA Residency, must be submitted online. Below are descriptions of each grant. Applications will be available online October 15th.

In the interest of enhancing transatlantic exchange and collaboration, the West African Research Association, with funding from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US State Department, offers Residencies for West African Scholars to visit WARA member institutions. The West African Research Association offers WARA Residencies (French and Portuguese versions also available) for West African Scholars to visit WARA member institutions. Please note that applications can only be made by WARA member institutions for the purpose of bringing a specific scholar to their campus and individual applications are not taken into consideration. Each residency will last 4-8 weeks and will provide the visiting scholar with opportunities for library research, guest lecturing or teaching, and/or collaborative work with American colleagues. WARA will pay the round-trip travel costs of the selected scholar as well as a stipend of $3500 to help cover meals and local transportation costs. Host institutions are encouraged to provide additional support (e.g. housing, conference participation) for the period of the residency. To apply for a residency to take place in fall 2015, interested member institutions should submit:

  • Name and contact information for representative of WARA host institution
  • A 50-80 word abstract of the proposed residency, clearly indicating the purpose of the Residency (clearly indicate the host institution contact person)
  • A proposal of no more than six (6) double-spaced pages profiling the visiting scholar, his or her proposed residency activities, how the residency will contribute to the goals of WARA, the expected impact or outcome of the residency, and any support that the host institution is prepared to contribute
  • Curriculum vitae for the visiting scholar
  • A letter of interest from the scholar
  • A letter of support from a relevant administrator (dean, department chair, etc.) at the host institution
  • Proof of citizenship in the form of a copy of the scholar’s passport (please note: only scholars who are eligible for non-immigrant visas to the U.S. will be considered)


Upon completion of the residency, residents 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 about institutional membership and submit applications to:

African Studies Center
Boston University
232 Bay State Road
Boston MA 02215
Tel: 617-353-8902
Fax: 617-353-4975
Email: wara@bu.edu


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