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David and Elaine Potter Masters/PhD Fellowships 2019/2020 for South African Students – University of CapeTown

Applications are invited from suitable candidates who intend to commence with the first year of registration for full-time Master’s and Doctoral studies at the University of Cape Town in 2020.

Application Deadline: 30th September, 2019

Eligible Countries: South Africa

To be taken at (country): UK

Eligible Fields of Study: MPhil in International Relations & Politics, PhD in any field of governance or human rights.

About the Award: The David and Elaine Potter Foundation has established a Fellowship Programme to support outstanding South African students who intend to contribute to civil society in South Africa, by leveraging their educational advantage in any discipline.  A strong civil society holds national and local government accountable, enhances democratic institutions and the quality of life of its citizens and helps strengthen and sustain economic, civil and legal rights. Any field of study will be considered.  Thoughtful men and women from all backgrounds, who are excited by the prospect of helping to lead South Africa into an ever more successful future are invited to apply for these Fellowships

Type: Masters and PhD

Eligibility: Only candidates with a final Honours degree mark of 65% and above are eligible to apply.

Number of Awardees: Not specified

Value of Scholarship: 

  • Doctoral Fellowship Value – R140,000
  • Master’s Fellowship Value – R95,000 (1st year) and R100,000 (second year)

Duration of Scholarship: The tenure of the award is 1 or 2 years for a Master’s (depending on the academic programme to be undertaken) and 3 years for a Doctoral degree, with renewals after the first year contingent on the degree programme and on satisfactory progress. Successful candidates are expected to complete their degrees within the above time frames, as no Potter Fellowship funding extensions to the time-frame above will be given.

How to Apply:

  • attach a short covering letter providing an overview of the information prepared for consideration;
  • attach a full curriculum vitae which elaborates on past and current community involvement and leadership roles;
  • attach certified copies of all academic transcripts. Please do not attach copies of certificates;
  • attach or email a HD digital photograph of head and shoulders;
  • provide letters of reference from TWO ACADEMICS who have taught and/or supervised the applicant at university.  These references should be attached to the application in sealed envelopes.  Please do not send references from previous employers or character references;
  • provide proof that they are or will be accepted by the relevant academic department at UCT for the 2020 academic year;
  • submit an essay of NO MORE THAN 2,500 words on their intended role in civil society.  Applicants should be guided by the ‘PURPOSE’ set out above
  • submit a summary/abstract of the intended research proposal of no longer than 1 A4 page for the PhD degree (PhD candidates only).

Complete applications, including the required essays, transcripts, academic references, etc must be emailed to [email protected]by no later than 30 September 2019. Please use the following reference: “Potter Fellowship application 2020: First and Last Name”

It is important to go through the Application Guide before applying.

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