WARA Membership

*Please note that our membership dues have increased; Annual membership $55 (student rate $25).

Members of WARA are part of the international community of scholars committed to advancing research in and about West Africa and the Diaspora. Established in 1989, WARA realizes its mission through organizing conferences and seminars, hosting summer faculty institutes, granting research fellowships, and maintaining a spacious and well-equipped research center in Dakar Senegal. As a member, you are eligible to participate in the activities of the WARA, to receive first-hand information about WARA grants and fellowships, and make use of the facilities of the West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal.  WARA members receive the semi-annual WARA newsletter and are encouraged to submit articles, brief research reports, and commentary. WARA member institutions have the support of WARC in organizing study groups and professional development seminars in Senegal as well being apprised of opportunities to host West African scholars, exhibits, and artists on their campuses.

Membership Form
Please fill out the WARA individual membership form and email it to WARA at 


Membership Dues (USD)
Individual membership:
Annual membership $55 (student rate $25); Lifetime membership $1,000
We encourage you to take out a multiple-year membership, or a lifetime membership.
Institutional membership:  $250/year

Your dues can be paid online or by check. For online payments, please use any of the platforms below:

Donate via Giving Common

Donate Now

Or make your check out to WARA and mail to:
West African Research Association
c/o Boston University African Studies Center
232 Bay State Road
Boston, MA   02215

Email: wara@bu.edu

The WARA membership year runs from October 1 to September 30.

*WARA Members: Please take a moment to verify that  your contact information is current. You can check your listing in the directory of members. 

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