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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.

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 program is open to West African nationals conducting research on the African continent. Competitions are held twice yearly. The next spring cycle opens on January 15, 2018 and closes on March 15, 2018.

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. 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.).

Please address inquiries to
Mariane Yade
West African Research Center/Centre de Recherche Ouest Africaine


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