Dear colleagues and students
Many of you may remember an initiative launched last year – under the stewardship of our recent Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation, Professor Sue Harrison – between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Bristol (UoB). This exciting initiative, the UCT–UoB Professorship and Fellowship Programme, provides funds and an enabling mechanism to allow successful applicants at each institution to spend time at the other institution over a period of two to three years.
I am writing to announce that we are launching a second round of the call, which will be identical to the previous call except for one important difference: the new call includes mid-career researchers.
The UoB has, over the last few years, become one of the most rewarding and strategic partners for UCT. The relationship was seeded through our mutual membership of the Worldwide University Network (WUN) and joint leadership of the Global Africa Group within the WUN. Since then, a bilateral relationship has strengthened through the highly successful Researchers without Borders initiative (a collaborative PhD programme), and a Vice-Chancellor’s (VC) Open Lecture by UoB VC Professor Evelyn Welch, with a collaborative agreement signed the following day. In July 2023, another joint initiative between the UoB, UCT and the University of South Africa was launched, the Africa charter for equitable partnerships.
The most significant has been the UCT–UoB Professorship and Fellowship Programme. The first strand makes provision for professors from each university to spend a maximum of 12 months over a three-year period at the partner institution, working on one of the following three themes that have been jointly identified by the two universities:
The second strand makes provision for fellows from each institution to spend a maximum of six months spread over two years at the host institution. UCT fellowships should align either to the three strategic areas listed above or with UCT’s strategic grand challenges.
Launching a second call
The first round of this call saw the selection of two professorships and four fellowships from the UoB, and one professorship and one fellowship from UCT.
We are now renewing the call and invite applicants from UCT to fill the remaining four positions.
Please note: this round introduces a new category – that of senior fellowships, which are equivalent to UCT’s associate professorships.
As before, travel and subsistence for these professors, senior fellows and fellows will be covered by the two universities. In return, they will be expected to co-publish and engage in joint activities such as lecturing. We also hope and believe that, over time, this will lead to co-supervision of postgraduate researchers and joint grant applications.
The call for applications to round two of this programme is now open and relevant documents are as follows:
An update on round one
I am delighted to announce that several of the UoB professors and fellows have already begun their time at UCT, with others to follow shortly:
Two UCT researchers are setting off for UoB in March this year:
Please join me in extending a warm welcome to our colleagues from the UoB. We look forward to the relationships that will be built by them and our outgoing researchers, in a programme that will deepen one of our very strongest of strategic partnerships.
Professor Jeff Murugan
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Internationalisation
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