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Rhodes University African Studies Centre Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2020 – South Africa

The Rhodes University African Studies Centre (RASC) has African Cluster Centre (ACC) funding for two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for 2020, tenable for the duration of one year. Baring exceptional circumstances, the awardee is expected to begin the fellowship in January 2020.

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Application Deadline: 30th November 2019.

To be Taken at (Country): South Africa

About the Award: The Fellowships are intended to foster existing research, scholarly and/or creative artistic endeavours within any part of the African Studies cluster at Rhodes University. Ideally, the Fellow’s proposed work will closely complement existing programmes of reconfiguring African Studies at the conceptual and structural level, and should align with one or more of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence six research sections of: (a) Moralities, (b) Knowledges, (c) Mobilities, (d) Arts & Aesthetics, (e) Affiliations, and (f) Learning. For more information on these research sections, please contact a prospective mentor who must be a member of the African Cluster Centre system, or Prof. Enocent Msindo, the Director on [email protected]  

Field(s) of Study: We welcome applications from the following areas: African politics and political theory; African social and political history; water, environmental education and climatic change; Africans arts and aesthetics; African music and musicology; African philosophy, and lastly Languages and Literature (African, English and French) with special reference to multilingualism, Africa and African diaspora literature, gender studies and related themes.

Type: Postdoctoral, Research, Fellowship


  • Although there is no age restriction, potential Fellows must hold a doctoral degree, awarded within the last five years. Candidates must demonstrate exceptional merit as evidenced by the quality and corpus of publications or other recognized forms of achievement relevant to the Fellow’s discipline. They must also have a clear program of action and are expected to submit at least two papers for publication in an accredited journal or book publisher in the first year of their Fellowship.
  • Fellows will contribute to the intellectual life of the Centre by helping to organise and attend workshops, seminars and conferences.
  • Fellows are also encouraged to explore the possibilities of co-publishing with their mentors.
  • An applicant who has not completed his/her PhD at the time the Fellowship is offered must have submitted the PhD thesis by the end of 2019. In these circumstances, the Centre will require written assurance from the applicant’s supervisor that there is a reasonable expectation that the doctoral degree will be awarded.

Number of Awards: 2

Value of Award: Each Fellowship carries a package of R180 000 per annum with an additional allocation of up to R20 000 to be used to support research or conference costs. The Fellowship cannot be held concurrently with any supplementary funding.

Conditions of Award: The University expects that all publications, creative works and other academic products of the Fellowship will bear appropriate acknowledgement with full affiliation to Rhodes University. The University reserves the right to co-ownership of inventions and/or patents directly emanating from research conducted under the sponsorship of the Fellowship.

The University reserves the right to request the refund of any fellowship paid to the Fellow should the Fellow terminate his/her contract prior to its completion.

Duration of Award: 1 year

How to Apply:

  • Applications for the Fellowships should be made via the Rhodes Online Submission Engine (ROSE) at: https://ru.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1798517
  • The determination of awards will be made by a committee comprising selected members of the Centre and the Advisory Board.

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