The trip was also an important opportunity to see the work of many libraries/library workers based in Dakar. My first library stop was at the West African Research Center (WARC), a small library that serves a large number of researchers both locally-based, and visiting. Next, I visited the branch library for the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, pictured below. This branch library makes ingenious use of space, shoehorning periodical shelving and study tables into a corridor, and integrating a reference service point with heavily used test preparation materials.
Finally, I visited the main UCAD library, where on the Friday afternoon before Ramadan, there was hardly an empty seat to be found.
UNC students can learn about opportunities to visit/study abroad in Senegal by visiting the UNC Study Abroad site.
Drusilla Dunjee Houston Memorial Scholarship Award
Sponsored by the Association of Black Women Historians, this award recognizes an emerging female scholar of African descent and fosters scholarly research in Africana Women’s history. Each year an award will be given for the best, unpublished original essay from either a graduate course or a chapter from a thesis or dissertation for the award year. The essay must be wholly focused on some aspect of history on black women from the U.S. and/or Africana Diaspora. Application deadline June 30, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://www.abwh.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=97&Itemid=159
Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize
The ASA Women’s Caucus aims to promote and celebrate the best original work by an African woman (or women) prioritizing African women’s experience. This year’s Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize of $500 will be given for creative work. Please note that authors may submit their own work, or publishers may submit an authors’ works. Application deadline June 30, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://asawomenscaucus.matrix.msu.edu/?page_id=11
This one-time scholarship supports African American first-year students who exhibit academic excellence, outstanding leadership abilities, the potential to contribute to the community during their time at Carolina, and to become actively involved and informed alumni.Application deadline April 8, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: https://alumni.unc.edu/light-on-the-hill-society-scholarship/
DEADLINE: April 30, 2016
Janet Box-Steffensmeier and John A. Garcia Scholarships
Janet Box-Steffensmeier and John A. Garcia Scholarships are awarded by the Society for Political Methodology to encourage women and underrepresented graduate students in political science to attend the ICPSR Summer Program. The Box-Steffensmeier Scholarship is a waiver of Program Scholar fees to attend one or both of the four-week sessions. The scholarship is awarded to up to three women graduate students in Ph.D. programs. The Garcia Award is a waiver of Program Scholar fees to attend one or both of the four-week sessions. The scholarship is awarded to up to three underrepresented graduate students in Ph.D. programs. Application deadline April 30, 2016.
Application linked here: http://polmeth.wustl.edu/scholarships
The Hanes Walton, Jr. Award for Quantitative Methods Training
The Hanes Walton, Jr. Award is a waiver of registration (tuition) fees for the 2016 ICPSR Summer Program’s four-week sessions, which include courses on a variety of topics, including introductory statistics and data analysis; regression analysis; Bayesian modeling; maximum likelihood estimation; game theory; network analysis; and quantitative issues in the study of race and ethnicity. The First Session runs from June 20–July 15, 2016, and the Second Session runs from July 18–August 12, 2016. All courses are held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Awardees are eligible for a small travel stipend. Application deadline: April 30, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://sumprog.blogspot.com/2016/03/2016-hanes-walton-jr-award-for.html
The NBGSA Founders Fellowship for Quantitative Methods
The African Studies Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides funds to faculty members who wish to conduct new research in Africa. Priority will be given to those who have not conducted research in Africa before and for those who are seeking top off funds for grants already received. The award amount is between $2,000 and $4,000. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://africa.unc.edu/funding/faculty/faculty_funding_main.asp
Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History Dissertation Fellowship
The Library Company of Philadelphia offers an African American History Dissertation Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to increase the population of scholars from underrepresented areas and promotes research in the collections of the Library Company. Applicants should be in the later stages of their writing or research. The $25,000 stipend is shared equally between two award winners. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://www.librarycompany.org/fellowships/dissertation.htm
National museum of African art internship
The National Museum of African Art offers a 10 week summer internship. Applicants should have backgrounds in art history, anthropology, museum studies, or a related discipline. This internship is open to undergraduates as well as graduate students who wish to explore a research topic or the museum profession. Application deadline: March 1, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://africa.si.edu/about/opportunities/
Boren Awards provides funding opportunities to U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages around the world. An initiative of the National Security Education Program, this fellowship involves areas underrepresented in study abroad and in areas critical to U.S. interests. Boren Scholarships provide up to $8,000 for a summer program, $10,000 for a semester, and $20,000 for an academic year. Application deadline: February 9, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html
DEADLINE: February 15, 2016
The Smithsonian NMAAHC Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship Program
The National Museum of African American History and Culture provides a fellowship opportunity in Curatorial Studies. This opportunity is available to current or recent graduates of Doctoral or Masters of Arts and Sciences degrees, from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Students from other institutions who demonstrate a strong interest in the curtatorship of African American heritage are encouraged to apply. This is a one year paid position, with a stipend of $30,000 and travel and research funds. Application deadline: February 15, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://nmaahc.si.edu/GetInvolved/mcf-info
Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics
The NCAA provides graduate level opportunities for underrepresented women and minorities. Applicants must be seeking admission or have been admitted to graduate programs that directly benefit intercollegiate athletics. Applicants must be in their final year before their graduate program begins. $7,500 will be awarded to 13 females and 13 ethnic minorities. More information can be found at the link below. Application deadline: February 15, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://www.ncaa.org/ethnic-minority-and-womens-enhancement-postgraduate-scholarship-careers-athletics
DEADLINE: February 26, 2016
Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program
The Carolina Higher Education Opportunity Programs Office offers rising junior year UNC Chapel Hill students resources necessary to be successful in perusing a Ph.D through the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. Applicants to this program must be first generation college students and low income or be a member of a group underrepresented in graduate level programs. More information can be found at the link below. Application deadline: February 26, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://mcnair.web.unc.edu/apply/
DEADLINE: February 29, 2016
CLIR/Library of Congress Mellon Fellowship
The Council on Library and Information Resources is offering a fellowship to support dissertation research in the humanities and related social sciences at the Preservation Research and Testing Division at the Library of Congress. A part of the Mellon Fellowship Program, this fellowship has a maximum award of $31,000. More information about the application can be found at the link below. Application deadline: February 29, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://www.clir.org/fellowships/mellon/preservation.html
Boren Fellowships provide funding opportunities to U.S. graduate students to study less commonly taught languages around the world. An initiative of the National Security Education Program, this fellowship involves areas underrepresented in study abroad and in areas critical to U.S. interests. Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study. Application deadline: January 28, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_fellowship/basics.html
The African Studies Center is providing academic year and summer Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships. The priority languages for the African Studies Center will be Arabic, Lingala, Kiswahili, and Wolof. Graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines and professional schools are encouraged to apply. More information about award amounts and the application process can be found at the link below. Application deadline: January 29, 2016.
Application requirements linked here: http://africa.unc.edu/students/flas/flas.asp
DEADLINE: January 31, 2016
ICPSR Research Paper Competition: Undergraduates & Master’s
The Black Caucus of The American Library Association, Inc. offers awards of $2,000 to African American students enrolled in or accepted by American Library Association accredited programs. The application consists solely of an essay submission. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program leading to a degree in library and information science. More information about the essay prompt and requirements can be found at the below hyperlink. Application deadline: December 18, 2015.
Application requirements linked here: http://www.bcala.org/index.php/awards/ej-josey-scholarship
DEADLINE: December 20, 2015
frederick douglass institute fellowship (Post doctoral)
USAID‘s African Bureau offers unpaid summer internships in sub-Saharan Africa for the summer of 2016. This opportunity is excellent for students studying or interested in international development. Junior or senior undergraduates or graduate students are encouraged to apply. Students are responsible for housing and transportation costs. Application deadline: December 21, 2015.
Application requirements linked here: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/422176600