West African Research Association Diaspora Internship Competition for Summer 2016

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Application Deadline: February 1, 2016.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Diaspora Graduate Student Internship competition is open to U.S. citizens who are enrolled in the M.A. program of an accredited college or university in the United States. We strongly encourage students from HBCU’s and those without previous foreign travel experience to apply.


The online application includes a statement of 1000-1500 words describing 1) the internship you would like to carry out, including the field of activity (e.g., education, rural development, health, etc.);
2) the country you plan to work in;
3) the contribution such an experience would make to your academic and later professional career; 4) the academic, linguistic and/or other background you possess that prepares and qualifies you for this work; and
5) any previous international experience you may have.
In addition to this personal statement, the online application includes three (3) letters of reference from professors, a resume, and scans of both undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Letters of support from a hosting agency or institution should also be submitted if available.


  • The internship will provide round trip travel to the indicated West African country and a stipend of $2,500 to cover the cost of living for 6 to 8 weeks.
  • The West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal may assist interns to locate lodging, and with other logistical matters.
All application materials must be submitted online no later than February 1, 2016.
Late applications will not be considered. The link to the online application is below:
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