Undergraduate Paper Competition

The WARA Undergraduate Paper Competition will not be held this year. We hope to reinstate it in future years.

WARA offers up to four awards for outstanding undergraduate essays on West Africa annually. We welcome essays in all disciplinary areas and on topics of current relevance to the region. This competition is open to all students who are enrolled in undergraduate programs at WARA member institutions.

Awardees will receive a certificate of award and a prize of $250. Winning essays will be published in the WARA newsletter.

All applications must be submitted online. Applicants must submit 1) a resume or CV, 2) a scan of official transcript, 3) a bibliography and 4) an essay of 1000-1500 words on a topic directly related to West Africa. Essays must be submitted in Word or pdf format and should be in Times New Roman, font size 12, and double-spaced. Applicants must also submit one (1) letter of reference from a professor. Students from HBCU’s and community colleges are strongly encouraged to apply.