Carleton University invites applications from West African women with PhD, post doctoral research and early career researchers to participate in a research acceleration experience. Wurin ta na yin rubutu – Her own room to write is supported by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship – Advanced Scholars West Africa program and is designed to provide an opportunity to gain experience through travel to Carleton University and/or across West Africa to one of our research placement partners. The scholarship provides for research supervision, focused seminars, experiential learning through aligning your research proposal with research placement opportunities (see Placement Partners), leadership, and network building.

Time, Duration and Funding

This next round of the awards will run between April 2024 and October 2024. The timing will be determined by the acquisition of visas by the awardees and logistical considerations.

There are two award lengths to choose from

  • Short-term – 35-60 days; up to a maximum of $13000 CAD
  • Mid-term – 61-180 days; up to a maximum of $30000 CAD

(Note: The activities within Canada can only be up to 120 days under a Public Policy facilitating entry into Canada for short term (120-day) work for researchers under section A25.5 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) stand. For more info, please visit Short-term (120-day) work permit exemption for researchers –

Research Placements

Each scholar will work with one of our Placement Partners for a minimum of 30% of the duration of their award. This will give the candidate the experience of applying their research skills within the context of our partner organizations. Each proposal needs to indicate clearly how the research is aligned with research placement and how the period of research service will strengthen the researcher and the partner organizations.

Research Mentorship

Carleton faculty members involved in this scholarship have expertise across all disciplines and access to professional networks providing us the opportunity to match the candidate’s research need for supervision by leveraging other experts.  Find out more about them here and select a potential mentor.

Leadership, Learning, and Networking Opportunities

  • During the award period Carleton University will provide successful candidates with several workshops designed toward augmenting your research skills such as writing / publication / curriculum development workshops, data analysis workshops, grant & scholarship writing workshops and access to Carleton’s library resources. These workshops will be offered in-person where permissible or virtually in the event it is not possible to hold them in-person.
  • Carleton University Faculty offer many talks and lectures throughout the academic year, which you will be encouraged to seek out, including a Brown Bag series through the Institute of African Studies (IAS), the Knowing Africa seminar series, and various public lectures.
  • As a QEScholar, you will be expected to share the knowledge you have gained with your home institution and community upon your return. You will also be requested to stay in touch and help us build our growing network of QEScholars.


  • All applicants must be able to communicate in English or French.
  • There are certain opportunities for placements and mentorship in French. Please see our Program Research page for details.
  • Carleton University is an English university. As such communications and programming will primarily be offered in English.

Funding for these scholarships has been provided by