2023/2024 Stellenbosch University Faculty Of Arts And Social Sciences Residential PhD Scholarships
The Stellenbosch University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to declare a limited number of full-time scholarships for PhD studies beginning in 2024
The Graduate School organizes the partly-structured, full-time doctoral scholarship programme and administers the doctoral scholarships. The Graduate School also organizes multi- and interdisciplinary research themes within the doctoral programme to assist in preparing Africa’s next generation of academics and professionals to tackle critical challenges of the continent with a concentration on the eradication of poverty and the promotion of peace and democracy. Collaborative research, (co)supervision, and exchange are encouraged and channeled through PANGeA (Partnership for Africa’s Next Generation of Academics) involving leading universities elsewhere in Africa.
MERITS OF SCHOLARSHIP
- PhD scholarships: Up to R420 000, over three years.
- Lower values may be allocated where successful applicants hold other scholarships amounting to less than the maximum value of the Graduate School scholarship.
ELIGIBILITY CONDITIONS FOR THE 2023/2024 STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES RESIDENTIAL PhD SCHOLARSHIPS
- Applicants should have obtained 70% in the final year of the previously completed degree.
- Applicants are expected to provide a sample of their writing with their application:
- MA thesis for PhD applicants
- Any published academic articles related to your application
- At the date of application, applicants must not be older than 40 years to apply for a PhD scholarship.
- Applicants must be able to commence studies in January 2024.
- Applicants must submit an application to study at Stellenbosch University in addition to this scholarship application
- Applicants are not required to be registered or to have a supervisor. They should, however, inform themselves regarding the availability of suitable supervisors in their particular field of research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, before submitting an application.
Scholarships shall be granted to eligible candidates taking the following factors into account:
On an Individual level:
- High academic merit and the intellectual capacity to study successfully at the doctoral level.
- Strong personal motivation to complete the programme.
- The extent to which the proposed topic of study fits into the research programme of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
- Availability of suitable supervisors for the proposed topic of study.
- Candidates who are below the age of 40. Although applicants over 40 may be considered, preference will be given to younger scholars.
On a Collective level:
- Gender equity.
- To enhance the compatibility of university and linguistic backgrounds, preference will be given to applicants from African countries south of the Sahara.
- Among the South African component of scholarship applicants, CBI (Coloured, Black, and Indian) applicants will be given preference, provided that they meet all the other requirements.
- Among the non-South African component of scholarship applicants, applicants whose nominations are supported by officials of the PANGeA institutions (universities of Botswana, Dar es Salaam, Ghana, Makerere, Malawi, Nairobi, and Yaoundé I) will be given preference, provided that they meet all the other requirements.
Applicants are recommended that the University may need additional information, over and above information supplied in the application, in order to reach a decision about the suitability of any candidate for the award of a scholarship.
DOCUMENTS NEEDED FOR APPLICATION
Concerned applicants can start to prepare the following:
- Official application form;
- A motivation letter (not longer than 600 words);
- A pre-proposal (or research idea) of no more than 500 words describing your proposed research question and conceptualization. You should discuss the unique contribution your research will make to the existing body of knowledge in this field of study, the problem statement, the methodology / theoretical framework / philosophical underpinnings you intend to use; and the feasibility of your study.
- A certified copy of your full academic transcript;
- A certified copy of your MA degree certificate – or foreign equivalent (if you have completed the qualification but have not yet obtained the certificate, official proof from the institution concerned that the degree will be delivered before February 2024);
- A certified copy of your South African ID /or passport (for international students).
PROCEDURES FOR APPLICATION
Please direct any inquiries about the scholarships to Dr. Candice Steele at email@example.com
PLEASE NOTE: You must apply for entrance to study at Stellenbosch University in addition to this scholarship application. Please visit the Postgraduate Studies website to apply to the University.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2023