WARA- Mastercard Foundation Doctoral Fellowship 2021 for Africans

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The West African Research Association (WARA) in conjunction with the Mastercard Foundation is pleased to announce the WARA-Mastercard Foundation Doctoral Fellowship 2021 for West African scholars through its Ideas Matter Doctoral Fellowship program. The fellowship program will award five doctoral research grants of $4,000 each to successful applicants.

The Fellowship is open to doctoral students under age 35 who are based in West African institutions of higher education, for research on the African continent. The program reflects the commitment of stakeholders to increase research opportunities to emerging scholars from the region with ideas that will proffer solution to several challenges facing not only the region but the world.


To be eligible for the WARA- Mastercard Foundation Doctoral Fellowship 2021, applicants must:

  • Applicants must be young scholars from a West African country.
  • Applicants must be under 35 years enrolled in a doctoral programme at a West African institution of higher learning.
  • Applicants must be poised to deliver innovative solutions to challenges posed by the changing climate, demographic shifts, and cultural transformations that mark our time.
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong academic and leadership abilities.

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for the WARA- Mastercard Foundation Doctoral Fellowship 2021 are to apply online and ensure that they provide the required documents.

Document Requirements

  • 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: March 1, 2021

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