FELLOWSHIP AND GRANT OPPORTUNITIES 2007-2008

WARC LIBRARY INTERNSHIP 2007-2008

WARA is accepting applications for WARC Library Intern for the summer of 2008. This program is designed to encourage the next generation of Africana librarians and to assist in capacity building at the library of the West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal. The WARC Library Intern will work with the WARC librarian on electronic cataloguing and use of electronic research databases and should have well-developed skills in these areas. Preference will be given to those who are fluent in or have a working knowledge of French. Applicants must be enrolled in an MLS program and have an interest in becoming Africana librarians

This internship will provide round trip travel to West Africa and a stipend of $1500 to cover the cost of living for 6 to 8 weeks. This competition is open to US citizens who are enrolled in a graduate program in Library Science and who plan to pursue careers as Africana librarians. Priority will be given to those enrolled in graduate programs at HBCUs and to those who completed their undergraduate studies at an HBCU.

Applicants should submit a statement of not more than six double-spaced pages describing their career plan and how this internship would contribute to their professional development. This should indicate particular areas of interest and expertise as well as describing personal and professional goals for the internship.

In addition to this statement, each applicant must submit:
· Three (3) letters of reference from professors
· Resumé & proof of U. S. citizenship
· Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies of official ones are acceptable)
· A WARA grant application cover sheet (downloadable from website) Complete applications will consist of one original and three copies of all materials (4 sets total) except letters of reference. Letters should be included in the application packet in envelopes sealed and signed by the referee. Letters of reference sent separately will not be considered.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY DECEMBER 1, 2007.

Upon completion of their internships, grantees are required to submit a detailed report of their work and findings. This report will subsequently be published in the biannual WARA newsletter.

Please direct inquiries and submit applications to:

WARA
African Studies Center
Boston University
270 Bay State Road
Boston MA 02215
Tel: 617-353-8902
Fax: 617-353-4975