Call for Applications: Masters and Doctoral Scholarships and Post-Doctoral Fellowships.

Professor Ruth Hall holds the South African Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, which is funded by the National Research Foundation. The Chair is located at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape.

This allows her to recruit, support and supervise Master’s, doctoral and
post-doctoral students. Scholarships are available to join Professor Hall’s programme. While the scholarships will cover fees and living expenses, the Chair also provides access to funds for other study-related costs, among others: equipment, fieldwork and conference attendance.

Eligibility:

Applications are invited for the following, starting in 2020:

  • Five scholarships for Masters (2 years if full-time)
  • Four scholarships for Doctoral study (3 years if full-time, extendable to a 4th year)
  • Two fellowships for Post-doctoral study (2 years)


A key criterion for selection of students will be the fit between their interests and abilities and the focus of the programme. They will be required to demonstrate the contribution of their proposed research project to the programme as a whole and specifically to one of the workstreams detailed below. Applicants should indicate in their concept note which of the workstreams they located their study within. This should be further confirmed and evident in their development of research project design, including the framing of research questions and objectives, choice of research methods, and selection of particular research sites.


Successful candidates will form a cohort of postgraduates who, while pursuing their own individual studies under Professor Hall’s supervision, will be required to participate in joint activities such as research design, theory and methods workshops, and intensive reading groups.

Entry will be highly competitive, and those who are successful and
enrol through this Research Chair will be expected to go beyond the
basic requirements of the degrees for which they register. They will
be encouraged and supported to work together to advance their
careers by writing articles for popular media, attending academic
conferences, and publishing either book chapters or journal articles.
As per NRF rules, preference is given to South African citizens or
permanent residents. Preference will be given to women candidates.

Application Details:

To apply, send your full application package to Carla Henry at postgraduates@plaas.org.za. The application should consist of:

  • an online UWC application for 2020 studies*,
  • a brief concept note outlining the proposed research (two pages or less),
  • your full CV,
  • your academic transcripts,
  • a South African Qualifications Authority certificate for those with foreign qualifications,
  • a sample of your academic writing (e.g. a chapter from a Master’s thesis),
  • the names of three academic referees,
  • a letter of motivation.


*Please ensure you select 2020, and select the appropriate programme under Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, PLAAS department.

Deadline: Friday, 12 June 2020