MasterCard Foundation/WARA Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship 2022 for West African Scholars

Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship for West African Scholars in a West African institution: Applications are accepted for Ideas Matter Fellowship Program; a fellowship which supports the research of young academics in the region focusing on women, technology and entrepreneurship.

Application Deadline: 14th August 2022

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.

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About the Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship: The West African Research Association (WARA), in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, is pleased to announce support for young West African scholars through its Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship program. This program reflects our joint commitment to increasing opportunities for emerging West African scholars, people who are transforming ideas into active solutions to the challenges facing not only the region, but also throughout the globe. 

Offered Since: 2016

Type: Grants, Fellowship

Eligibility: This competition is open to West African citizens who are currently enrolled in graduate programs at institutions of higher education in West African countries. Priority will be given to applicants who are at the pre-dissertation stage and who demonstrate financial need. 

Number of Awardees: 5

Value of Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship: The Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship will award one pre-doctoral grant of $4,000 for travel to West Africa to conduct research. 

How to Apply:

  • Abstract (50-80 words) 
  • Proposal (6 pages – double spaced) 
  • Resume or CV 
  • Itemized budget (including estimated costs for housing, food, travel, equipment, printing/photocopying, and institutional affiliation fees) 
  • Graduate transcripts (Scan and upload official transcripts) 
  • Bibliography 
  • Three letters of reference signed by the recommender. 
  • Statement explaining how your research will contribute to meeting critical needs on the continent 

The proposal statement should describe the concept, methodology and the significance of the proposed research project to the applicant’s academic field, and how this research contributes to the objective of the Ideas Matter Fellowship.  The language should be understandable to non-specialist readers. (An excellent resource for preparing applications, On the Art of Writing Proposals, can be found on the SSRC website.)

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