09 May 2005

The Committee of Management of the Harry Oppenheimer Institute in the Centre for African Studies is pleased to announce a change in funding policy and the criteria for making awards, in the direction of providing a significant, new funding opportunity for Africa-focussed research at UCT.

Departments, units and individuals are invited to submit applications to the Harry Oppenheimer Institute Committee in terms of a significant, new funding opportunity for themed research in the field of African Studies.

Research themes are open and will be proposed by the applicant.

They must be Africa-focussed, although this will be taken to include comparative studies and diasporic studies.

Multi- and interdisciplinary themes are welcomed, as are cross faculty initiatives.

Applications must include the following components:

  • A conference or colloquium, to be held in the Centre for African Studies
  • A public exhibition linked to the theme, held in the Centre for African Studies.
  • An indication of plans for student capacity building through the deployment of funds, scholarships or research expenses.
  • The appointment, for a minimum of one month, of Visiting Fellow, who will be a senior scholar with an established interest in the research theme.
  • The Visiting Fellow will be based in the Centre for African Studies, and will interact jointly with CAS and the department or unit proposing the theme.
  • An indication of publication possibilities of materials linked to the research and conference.
  • One possible outlet for publication is the journal of the Centre for African Studies, Social Dynamics.

It is anticipated that awards will be in the range R100,000 to R200,000.

For all queries please contact Charmaine McBride Centre for African Studies, UCT: Closing date: 31 May 2005

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