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Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships for West Africa

Last updated: Jul 20, 2022

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Target: Africa,

Award Value: $4,000 Grants,

Host Institution: West Africa Research Association & MasterCard Foundation


August 14

Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships for West AfricaThe West African Research Association (WARA), in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, is inviting applications from young West African scholars to its Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships program. This program is a 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.

Fellowship Description

The Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships for West Africa is packaged to help Young Scholars in the region who are carrying out innovative, cutting-edge research in agriculture, technology, the humanities, and a wide range of other fields. They are scholars poised to deliver innovative solutions to challenges posed by the changing climate, demographic shifts, and cultural transformations that mark our times. The Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship program will support the research initiatives of these young scholars.

See Also:  Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scholarships for University Staff

Award Benefits

The Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships program will award five doctoral research grants of $4,000 each.

Level and Area of Study

Innovative Doctoral Research in the fields of agriculture, technology, the humanities, and a wide range of other fields.

Host Institutions

West Africa Research Association (WARA), and MasterCard Foundation.

Eligibility Criteria

The Fellowship is open to doctoral students who:

  • under age 35.
  • 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.

Check Also:  DAAD AInet Fellowship for Early-career Researchers

Application Procedure

How-To-Apply: All applications for the Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships must be submitted online, and must be followed with the following required documents,

  • Project abstract (50-80 words)
  • 1500-word proposal
  • Budget
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement explaining how your research will contribute to meeting critical needs on the continent

Application Deadline: August 14.

Website and Application Link


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