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African Literature Association Conference Travel Grants for African Researchers 2018

The African Literature Association invites applications for three (3) ALA Travel Grant Awards worth $1,000 each, for members traveling to the association’s conference from Africa.

Application Deadline: 16th March 2018

Eligible Countries: African countries

To Be Taken At (Country): Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC, USA

About the Award: Travel grants are awarded to successful applicants during the Awards Ceremony at the conference. Successful applicants will be required to be paid-up ALA members for the current year and to pay conference registration fees. Please be advised that the ALA Membership fee is different from the conference registration fees; and both are compulsory for all conference participants.

Type: Grants, Conference


  • Applicants must be members of ALA from Africa
  • Priority is given to early career applicants.

Selection Criteria: Eligible applicants must be based in Africa, and should demonstrate 1) scholarship; 2) financial need; and 3) ability to supplement grant award.

Number of Awards: 3

Value of Award: $1,000

Duration of Program: 23 – 26 May 2018

How to Apply:  Travel Grant Applications must include the following documents:

  1. An application formdownloaded from here, completed, saved, and sent with the other materials listed below.
  2. cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) including title and abstract of conference paper to be presented at ALA conference;
  3. Acceptance letter from the convener;
  4. 2 page Curriculum Vitae or résumé (including ALA travel grant awards received within the past three [3] years , teaching and/or research experience and interests, professional meetings/conferences attended, with dates, place and titles of papers presented, current university affiliation, if applicable); and
  5. Two letters of recommendation. Each letter should be 2 pages or less, and should include contact and brief biographical information of recommender.  (Recommender’s CV or résumé is not needed).
  • To apply, send all documents, including application form, to
  • Complete applications and supporting documents must be received by 16th March 2018.
  • Successful applicants will be notified within two (2) weeks of the application deadline.
  • Winners of the award are expected to meet with the Chair of the committee and members of the EC when they attend the conference.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: ALA

Important Notes: Please note that the grant is awarded during the Awards ceremony at the conference, and cannot be accessed in advance.

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