July, 2012 archive

Call for Applications: Saharan Crossroads Fellowship — Extended Deadline (August 15)

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Saharan Crossroads seeks to counter the conceptual divide separating North and sub-Saharan Africa and the tendency to view the Sahara Desert as an impenetrable barrier dividing the continent into the northern “white” and sub-Saharan “black” Africa. Countries to the north often find themselves placed in Mediterranean, Islamic, and Middle Eastern studies with little consideration of cultural, historical, or artistic contact with sub-Saharan countries, which are often considered more authentically “African.” Despite trans-Saharan cultural contact spanning centuries, this inaccurate perception of Africa as two distinct zones separated by an empty wasteland of desert continues to influence the way people think about this region and the continent as a whole.

American , North African and West African Scholars interested in conducting research in any part of North or West Africa concerning Saharan Crossroads are encouraged to apply for short-term fellowships (up to three months) for awards up to 3,000 USD. US scholars flying from the United States will receive an additional travel stipend. Applicants may be students, senior or independent scholars who hold at least a Master’s Degree.

Research must be completed before Dec 31, 2013.
Proposals must include a curriculum vita, a five-page proposal, and a budget.
Applications should be submitted by August 15, 2012.
Awards will be announced by Oct 1, 2012.

Information is online at: http://www.bu.edu/wara/prog/saharan-crossroads/

Application is available at: http://fs9.formsite.com/westafricanresearchassociation/form7/index.html

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