Africa Doctoral Fellowships in Humanities & Law

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Doctoral Fellowships in Humanities & Law: Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA) – the Institute for the Humanities in Africa – is a new initiative at UCT, intended to create a space of dynamic interdisciplinary community for scholars and students in the humanities at large, and to promote independent and informed debate within wider intellectual publics.

Funding from the Ford Foundation has enabled the award of four full-time doctoral fellowships, intended for outstanding young scholars who wish to pursue an academic career.

Each fellowship will provide four years of funding, on condition of satisfactory progress year by year.

Applicants with a Masters’ degree in disciplines or fields of study in the Humanities and Law will be considered.

The doctoral programme on offer will include (non-credit bearing) courses on critical theoretical and methodological issues, which doctoral fellows will be required to attend.

Doctoral fellows will also be expected to play an active part in Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA)’s intellectual life, including our programme of seminars, symposia and lectures.

Each fellowship is worth R149 000 per annum.

The fellowships will be awarded to committed and talented graduates, with strong analytical and research skills, who are intent on an academic career.

Applications from scholars in South Africa and the continent at large are welcomed.

To apply, please submit the following:

1. A covering letter including a thoughtful statement of your proposed area of doctoral research, and its links to one of Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA)’s research themes.

2. An updated CV

3. Two pieces of academic writing – including at least one chapter from your Masters’ degree

4. Names and email contact details of 3 referees

5. Certified copies of academic transcripts

Closing date: 26 April.

Submit your application by email to: heather.maytham [at], or by post to: HUMA, 4th floor, Oppenheimer Institute Building, Upper Campus,University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7700, South Africa.

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