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CoE-Human Research Grants for International Students in South Africa, 2018

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DST-NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Human Development at University of Witwatersrand is delighted to offer its Human Research Grants. These grants are exclusively open to international students. The aim of the grants to enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines and institutions on long-term projects that are locally relevant and internationally competitive in order to enhance the pursuit of research excellence and capacity development.

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is a multi-campus South African public research university situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg. It is more commonly known as Wits University.

Scholarship Description:

Applications close: November 17, 2017
Course Level: Grants are available to pursue research.
Study Subject: Grants are awarded in the fields of thematic areas.
Scholarship Award: Opportunity Grants (up to R150 000 for 18 months) and Accelerator Grants (up to R300 000 for two years).
Number of Scholarships: Two grants are available.
Scholarship can be taken in South Africa

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Opportunity Grants: These activities may include inter-disciplinary or inter-institutional sessions at conferences, seminars with funders and other stakeholders, dissemination activities, special journal issues, etc.
  • Accelerator Grants: These are activities to initiate networks and research in the thematicareas and other activities that will advance enquiry in a theme and lead to further research grants and opportunities in the forthcoming years. These include meetings with funders and policy stakeholders, dissemination activities, joint publications, reviews on crossdisciplinary topics, etc

Eligible Countries:

Applicants from all over the world are eligible to apply for the grant.

College Admission Requirement:

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must have a previous year degree.

English Language Requirements: Applicants must have excellent written and verbal English skills.

Scholarship Award:

Grants will cover the following:

  • Opportunity Grants (up to R150 000 for 18 months) for activities that promote networking, inter-disciplinary meetings, joint writing, journal publication, etc. These activities may include inter-disciplinary or inter-institutional sessions at conferences, seminars with funders and other stakeholders, dissemination activities, and special journal issues.
  • Accelerator Grants (up to R300 000 for two years) for research activities that advance the goals of the Centre (research productivity, education and training of post-graduate students, dissemination, networking and service). These grants fund activities to initiate networks and research in the thematic areas and other activities that will advance enquiry in the theme and lead to further research grants and opportunities in the forthcoming years. These activities may include meetings with funders and policy stakeholders, dissemination activities, joint publications, reviews on cross-disciplinary topics, etc.

How to Apply:

Applicants can apply via online:

  • Proposals for Opportunity and Accelerator grants should be no longer than 6 pages, and consist of:
  • A conceptual or empirical justification of the activity in terms of human development, its relevance to South Africa and to the thematic areas of the CoE.An outline of the activity as related to the key performance areas of the CoE, namely: (1) Research, (2) Education and Training, (3) Information Brokerage, (4) Networking and (5) Service Rendering.
  • Expected outputs and benefits in the short and longer term, and the time frames in which the outputs will be realized.
  • Planned networking across disciplines and institutions.
  • Involvement and capacity development of post-graduate students.
  • A short biosketch of the Principal Investigator (PI).
  • It is important to note the following concerning the budget: (1) Value Added Tax (“VAT”) and overhead costs are not to be charged by the recipient institution from the CoEHuman Development research funding; (2) Salaried time of the Principal Investigator cannot exceed 30% (thirty percent) of the total budget of the Grantee’s project research funded by the CoE-Human Development; (3) the budget can only be comprised of these line items: (a) salaries, (b) travel, (c) equipment and (d) running expenses.
  • The Centre does not allow for student bursary funding being part of the budget line items. If you have a student that requires funding, please request them to apply under the call for bursary applications.

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