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New Grant Opportunity for Undergrad and Master's Students from the West African Research Association

WARC Immersive Career Development Fellowship (WICD)

The West African Research Association (WARA) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the promotion of research on West Africa and the diaspora, scholarly exchange, the dissemination of accurate information on West Africa and its diasporic communities, and increasing awareness of the critical place of West Africa in the global community. The West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal is WARA’s overseas headquarters and provides a wide range of resources and support for researchers from the US, West Africa, and beyond.

Interested in Africa? Looking for an immersive internship experience? The WARC Immersive Career Development Fellowship program may be a good opportunity for you!

The WARC Immersive Career Development Fellowship (WICD) is designed to provide an immersive training experience in West Africa for students (U.S. citizens) interested in international applications of the following fields of study: public relations, international education, information technology, accounting, library sciences. The WICD Fellow will work with a professional staff member at the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal, to learn applications of their chosen field of study in a non-profit organization within a Senegalese context.

This fellowship provides round trip travel to Dakar and a stipend of $2,500 to cover the cost of living for 6 to 8 weeks during June and July. The fellow will receive basic Wolof language instruction while in Senegal. Fellows are expected to work for approximately 25 to 35 hours/week, although these hours are estimated and may vary. This competition is open to U.S. citizens who are enrolled in an accredited U.S. degree-granting program at the undergraduate (sophomores, juniors, seniors) or graduate (master’s, professional degree) level at the time of application. Preference will be given to those who have a working knowledge of French, but French is not required to apply.

Students from all colleges and universities are encouraged to apply. Students completing their studies at an HBCU or MSI are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application requirements:
  • Personal statement outlining your experience and skills and what you hope to accomplish during the WICD fellowship (maximum 1200 words)

  • Statement on how this fellowship will benefit your career (400 words)

  • Resume or CV

  • Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (upload official transcripts)

  • Two letters of reference, signed by the recommender (one academic reference required)

On the Art of Writing Proposals, an excellent resource for preparing applications, can be found on the SSRC website. Late & incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Deadline: March 27, 2024 by 11:59pm

*Late applications will not be considered


The West African Research Association (WARA) and the West African Research Center (WARC) are members of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Funding for the WARA Residency Program is provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.


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