Carleton University Queen Elizabeth Scholarships for Advanced Scholars from West Africa

Carleton University Queen Elizabeth Scholarships for Advanced Scholars from West Africa

Applications are now open for the second cohort of the Carleton University Queen Elizabeth Scholarship for Advanced Scholars from West Africa (QES-AS-WA). The program Wurin ta na yin rubutu – Her own room to write, which runs until October 2024, is open to West African women in the final stage of their PhD program, postdoctoral researchers, and early career academics affiliated to institutions, to participate in a research acceleration experience.

Wurin ta na yin rubutu – Her own room to write is supported and funded by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship – Advanced Scholars West Africa program which focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 5 (gender equality) and (gender equality) as a crosscutting or mainstream goal in one or more of the following areas: climate resilience and sustainable food systems; education and innovation systems; ethics in development research; health equity; inclusive governance; and sustainable inclusive growth.

Carleton University’s program is contributed to by Universities Canada, with funding from International Research Development Centre (IDRC) through the Rideau Hall Foundation. The first cohort drew scholars from Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria.

Program Details

  • This program is designed to provide an opportunity of between 35 and 180 days in which two thirds of the time is spent at Carleton University to strengthen research capacity under the supervision of a Carleton University faculty member.

  • A third of the time will be committed to gain field research experience through placement with NGO partners that have offices in Canada and or in West and Central Africa.

  • The scholarship provides for research supervision, focused seminars, experiential learning through a research proposal that aligns with the research interests of the placement opportunities (see Placement Partners), leadership, and network building.


    Applicants must be;

  • Women, and citizens of a West African country: and

  • Must be either a Doctoral Researcher, Post-doctoral Researcher or Early Career Researcher

    Eligibility Criteria

    This project is only open to women applicants.

  • Career Level

    Successful applicants will fit into one of the following defining categories:

  • Doctoral Researcher – An individual who has completed all course work and is at the dissertation stage of their PhD.

  • Post-doctoral Researcher – An individual,
    who is conducting research after the completion of their PhD, who usually works under the mentorship of a lead researcher or a principal investigator.

  • Early Career Researcher – An individual with a PhD, who has demonstrated strong evidence of work as an independent researcher, has led his/her own laboratory or research project for 4-6 years or is in a tenure-track position at a degree-granting institution.


    The applicants must be a citizen from one of the following West African countries:

  • Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

    Area of Research

    The research of successful applicants will fall into one of the following areas:

  • Climate-Resilient Food Systems

  • Education and Science

  • Ethics in Development Research

  • Global Health

  • Democratic and Inclusive Governance

  • Sustainable Inclusive Economies


    All scholars must be mobile and willing to travel. Travel may occur across West Africa and/or to Canada where feasible and permissible. Please note, we are unfortunately unable to support childcare.


  • This next round of the awards will run between April and October 2024 and is subject to the acquisition of visas by the awardees. The scholars can choose from two award lengths, namely, short-term awards 35-60 days to, and mid-term 61-180 days.

  • The scholarship funds cover mobility expenses, accommodation, research placement expenses, and travel and health insurance. Scholars must be registered for their PhD at a West African university; postdoctoral fellows/researchers or early career PhD scholars must be working at a West African university.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Carleton University Queen Elizabeth Scholarships for Advanced Scholars from West Africa

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