The Graduate School for Arts and Social Sciences is a HOPE Project initiative in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University to strengthen and advance doctoral training and scholarship in Africa.
More than 200 doctoral scholars from 18 African countries, including South Africa, have enrolled in this scholarship programme since 2010. A total of 114 have successfully graduated, of which 83% completed in three years or less.
Suitable candidates who are citizens of any sub-Saharan African country are invited to apply for three-year full-time doctoral scholarships in the research programmes of the Faculty to commence studies in January 2019. Scholarships are available to the value of R 420 000.00 over three years.
Collaborative research, supervision and exchange will be encouraged through the Partnership for Africa’s Next Generation of Academics (PANGeA) involving leading universities across Africa.
The Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences opened its doors in 2010 and has enrolled nine cohorts of doctoral students. To date, the Graduate School has awarded more than 200 doctoral scholarships to students from 18 sub-Saharan African countries, including South Africa; an average intake of 20 students per year.
To enable students to complete their doctoral studies within three years, the Graduate School maintains a comprehensive Framework for Doctoral Programme Support, consisting of the following four elements:
Students are required to remain in regular contact with their supervisors and co-supervisors throughout their study programmes. Student progress is centrally monitored with input from supervisors three times per year by means of a comprehensive progress report. Payments of scholarship instalments (four per year) are dependent upon satisfactory progress reports.
This strategy is now not only the first in Africa to bring such a degree of coherence to efforts to rebuild and sustain the capacity to produce human capital of the highest order, but is also the largest of its kind on the continent, especially in the light of the number of students on full-time doctoral scholarships.
The first cohort (2010) of scholarship students became eligible for graduation in the 2012 academic year. Over the past six years (2012 – 2017), we have produced a total of 114 graduates, of which 83% completed their PhD in three years or less.
The call for applications for 2019 intake is now open.
Interested applicants can begin to prepare the following:
After the closing date the Graduate School will:
Stellenbosch University will make every effort to process applications efficiently. Applicants are reminded, however, that the University accepts no responsibility for loss of communication or documents whether sent by surface mail or e-mail, to or from the University. Applicants should therefore ensure that they are contactable during all stages of the application process and should contact the Graduate School in case of uncertainty about the receipt of applications sent by postal mail.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 24 AUGUST 2018.