Carleton University is extending an open invitation to women scholars from West Africa to apply for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship for Advanced Scholars from West Africa (QES-AS-WA). Following the remarkable success of its inaugural cohort, the program is now actively accepting applications for its second phase, set to commence in the academic year 2023-24. The innovative initiative, titled "Wurin ta na yin rubutu – Her own room to write," is designed to accelerate research capabilities while fostering gender equality within the realm of sustainable development.
This unique opportunity is available to West African women who are in the final stages of their PhD, postdoctoral researchers, and early career academics. The program's focus spans critical areas such as climate resilience, sustainable food systems, education and innovation, and health equity, among others. Support and funding for this venture are provided by the esteemed Queen Elizabeth Scholarship – Advanced Scholars West Africa program.
Successful applicants, chosen through a rigorous selection process, will embark on a research acceleration journey at Carleton University spanning 35 to 180 days. During their time at the university, awardees will engage in collaborative research efforts with esteemed faculty members to enhance their research capacity. Furthermore, they will gain hands-on field research experience through placements with partner NGOs across Canada, West Africa, and Central Africa. The scholarship encompasses various provisions, including mobility expenses, accommodation, research placement costs, as well as travel and health insurance.
Beyond the academic realm, awardees will benefit from Carleton University's extensive library resources and actively participate in workshops tailored to elevate their research skills. The program places a strong emphasis on knowledge sharing and networking, with participants benefiting from engaging joint research projects, insightful talks, and thought-provoking lectures hosted by the renowned Institute of African Studies.
Applicants must be citizens of West African countries and actively engaged in doctoral, postdoctoral, or early career research at universities in the West African region. Upon completing the program, scholars are expected to impart the knowledge gained to their respective home institutions and communities, thus contributing to the advancement of academic discourse.
The deadline for submitting applications is set for September 20th, 2023. This presents an extraordinary opportunity for West African women scholars to nurture their research potential and make impactful contributions to the broader discourse of sustainable development.
Article by RB Reporter