West African Research Association Undergraduate Paper Competition

WARA is offering four awards for outstanding undergraduate essays on West Africa. Essays in all disciplinary areas and on topics of current relevance to the region are welcome. This competition is open to all students who are enrolled in undergraduate programs at WARA member institutions, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Awardees will receive a certificate of award and a prize of $250. Winning essays will be published in the WARA newsletter.


All applications must be submitted online. Applicants must submit 1) a resume or CV, 2) a scan of official transcript, 3) a bibliography and 4) an essay of 1000-1500 words on a topic directly related to West Africa. Essays must be submitted in Word or PDF format and should be in Times New Roman, font size 12, and double-spaced. Applicants must also submit one letter of reference from a professor.


All application materials must be submitted online no later than May 31, 2015.

Please direct inquiries to West African Research Association
Tel: 617-353-8902
Email: guirands@bu.edu