The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is one of ten faculties at Stellenbosch University, which offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Arts (Drama; Music and Visual Arts), Languages (African Languages; Afrikaans and Dutch; Ancient Studies; English; General Linguistics and Modern Foreign Languages), and Social Sciences (Geography and Environmental Studies; History; Information Science; Journalism; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Social Work; and Sociology and Social Anthropology). The Gerda Henkel Foundation was established by Lisa Maskell in memory of her mother, Gerda Henkel. The Foundation was formed as a private, non-profit grant making organization in 1976, with the goal of promoting the study of science at universities and research institutes, by supporting projects within the humanities field. Since 2014, the Foundation has been providing scholars from sub-Saharan African countries with the support to continue studies within humanities. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University is pleased to announce, in partnership with the Gerda Henkel Foundation, a limited number of full-time scholarships for PhD studies. Scholarships are available for research projects in the Historical Humanities.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA • Applicants from sub-Saharan African countries. Priority will be given to qualifying candidates from PANGeA partner institutions; • Applicants should have obtained 70% in the final year of the previous completed degree; • Applicants are expected to provide a sample of their writing with their application: o MA thesis for PhD applicants o Any published academic articles related to your application. • At the date of application, applicants must not be older than 35 years to apply for a PhD scholarship; • Applicants must be able to commence studies in February 2022 (subject to possible COVID-19 related delays); • Students are not required to be registered or to have a supervisor. They should, however, inform themselves regarding the availability of suitable supervisors in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in their particular field of research, before submitting an application. RECOMMENDATIONS • An existing record of publications; • Awards or grants received; • Relevant professional or artistic experience; • The ability to use any language(s) in addition to English for academic purposes. APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS • 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 on any of the three project themes. 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 March 2022); • A certified copy of your South African ID or passport (for international students).