WARA/Mastercard Foundation Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships 2020 for Emerging West African Scholars | Grants of $4,000

Applications are invited from emerging West African Scholars to the The West African Research Association (WARA), in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships Program. The deadline for submission of applications is 5th January, 2020

WARA:Mastercard Foundation Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowships

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.

West Africa, like other parts of the world, is rich in intellectual resources. Universities are home to scholarly communities of scientists, historians, artists, and social scientists. Young scholars in the region are carrying out innovative, cutting edge research in agriculture, technology, the humanities, and a wide range of other fields. They are 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.


  • 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.


  • The Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship program will award three doctoral research grants of $4,000 each.

How to Apply for Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship Program.

Documents required to complete the application include:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Title of Project
  • Proposal (1500 words or less)
  • Statement explaining how your research will contribute to creating solutions to critical development needs in Africa (500 words or less)
  • Project Budget
  • Two letters of Reference (one of these must be from your dissertation advisor)
  • A photocopy of your current passport (If you do not have a current passport, please provide other proof of citizenship)

Apply Here Official Link

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