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MasterCard Foundation WARA Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships 2020 for West African Scholars

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Applications are now being accepted for the Ideas Matter Fellowship Program; a fellowship which supports the research of young academics in the region focusing on women, technology and entrepreneurship.

Application Deadline: 5th January 2020

Eligible Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, the island nation of Cape Verde,Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, the island of Saint Helena, Senegal, Sierra Leone, São Tomé and Príncipe and Togo.

To be taken at (country): US

About the Award: The Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship is offered by WARA in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. The USD$4,000 grants will allow recipients to solve some of the most trenchant health and economic challenges facing Africa today.

In its first year, Ideas Matter received 63 applications from graduate students representing 10 West African countries and fields as diverse as biology, agronomy, political science, medicine, public health, chemistry and pharmacy. While only 17 of the 63 applicants were women, the three applications which rose to the top were all submitted by young women — attesting to the growing role of women in science and technology.

Offered Since: 2016

Type: Grants, Fellowship

Eligibility: The Fellowship is 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.

Number of Awardees: 3

Value of Program: USD$4,000 grants

Duration of Program: Not stated

How to Apply:

  • 1500 word proposal
  • Budget
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement explaining how your research will contribute to meeting critical needs on the continent

All applications must be submitted online.

Visit Program Webpage for details

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