Between Fellows

21 July 2003
A renowned anthropologist, the late Isaac Schapera (see obituary) was a Sometime Fellow of UCT, one of three categories of Fellowships awarded by the UCT.

What are Fellows?

There are three categories of Fellows. A Fellow is one presently working at UCT; a Sometime Fellow is one who has left the University prior to retirement and a Life Fellow is one who has retired from UCT, or with a break in service. Fellows are held in an honorary capacity.

Who becomes a Fellow?

Research prowess (local and international) is one of the main qualities demanded of a Fellow, including the publication of a major work. Fellowships are awarded in recognition of original, distinguished academic work. Being awarded a Fellowship does not constitute a formal promotion.

When are new Fellows formally announced?

The Vice-Chancellor awards the new Fellowships at the December graduation ceremony. If candidates are unable to attend, the award is made in absentia.

How does one become a Fellow?

Members of the Senate are invited to submit nominations. Officers eligible for the award are also invited to submit applications. The Fellowships Committee usually calls for applications and nominations in January. There are various criteria for eligibility, for example, a Fellowship may not be awarded within five years of the appointment of the officer*. The award of Fellowships is considered annually by Council on the recommendation of the Senate, which is advised by the Fellowships Committee.

How many Fellows has UCT?

There are 47 Fellows, 22 Sometime Fellows and 32 Life Fellows.

How many women are Fellows?

There are only three women Fellows: Professors Pippa Skotnes, Brenda Cooper and Lyn Cooper.

What are the benefits of being a Fellow?

There is, unfortunately, no purse attached. There are, however, other benefits, for example the august title does denote an officially recognised measure of scholarly weight. There is also an annual Fellows Dinner.

(*The rules of eligibility and conditions that govern the award may be obtained from Gita Valodia, Room 109, Bremner Building.)

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