WARA Updates August 2018



Two fellowship opportunities now open for West African scholars!
Check them out:
The Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowshipis open to doctoral students under age 35 who are based in West African institutions of higher education, for research on the continent. Priority will be given to research projects focusing on women, technology and entrepreneurship. 

Applications now open until October 10, 2018

Find more info about the fellowship here


The Ideas Matter Fellowship is made possible by our collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation.
The WARC Travel Grant supports West African post graduate scholars and researchers carrying out research in West Africa.

Applications now
open until September 15, 2018

Find more info about the grant here
The following upcoming events are free and open to the public: 

Come visit us at this year’s African Festival of Boston! August 26th, 2018, 10:00am-7:00pm, in Boston Common. This annual festival hosted by the Shalupe Foundation is one of New England’s largest multi-cultural festivals featuring art and culture from across the African continent.

More info found here:
Our friends at the Afrimerican Cultural Initiative will also be at the African Festival of Boston: http://www.afrimericanone.org/showcasing the first winner of their DNA test competition for people of African descent known as “Lives In Me.”

Read more about their work, recently featured in this Wall Street Journal article.


Please join us in congratulating WARA member Fallou Ngom and collaborators for the award of $250,000 from the NEH Collaborative Research Grant, for the project entitled, “Ajami Literature and the Expension of Literacy and Islam: The Case of West Africa.” 

This project will research and prepare online and print publications of texts written in Fula, Hausa, Mandinka, and Wolof using the Arabic script known as 
Ajami. Collaborators include scholars from Boston University, Northwestern University, Michigan State University, the University of Oklahoma, the Department of Islamic Studies at the Kaduna Polytechnic Institute in Northern Nigeria, and IFAN and WARC in Senegal.