ISTR/WITS Africa PhD Seminar at Wits Business School 2019

ISTR/WITS Africa PhD Seminar at Wits Business School 2019

Deadline: December 15, 2018

Applications are open for the ISTR/WITS Africa PhD Seminar at Wits Business School 2019. The International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) and the Africa Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment at Wits Business School will co-host a PhD Seminar for approximately 20 PhD students at all stages of their doctoral research in topics related to the Third Sector.

The aim of the workshop is to provide doctoral students with the opportunity to receive extensive intellectual and methodological advice on their doctoral research from peers and scholars, to introduce them to main theories and developments in the field, to reflect upon publication and career strategies, and to provide an opportunity to network with scholars within the international ISTR research community.

The PhD Seminar is scheduled for May 14-15, 2019 prior to the first annual Conference on Philanthropy, organized by the Wits Business School’s Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment in collaboration with the Center for African Studies at Harvard University, TrustAfrica and Africa Philanthropy Forum on May 16-17, 2019.


  • ISTR/WITS will cover the cost of shared room accommodation for the PhD Seminar and the Conference on Philanthropy and meals during both events.
  • Limited travel support is available to supplement support the student’s university can provide.
  • ISTR will grant accepted students 2019 membership in ISTR with all of the associated benefits. Accepted students must attend the Conference on Philanthropy (attendance is free of charge).


  • Open to all doctoral students in the field of third sector and civil society research, in all African countries, and at all stages of their doctoral research;
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in a university and
  • Must be able to attend the entire PhD Seminar and Philanthropy Conference.


All applications must include the following information:

  • Full name and gender
  • Contact details (including e-mail and phone number)
  • Disciplinary background
  • Institutional affiliation and name(s) of the supervisor(s)
  • Working title of PhD project and formal start/end dates
  • Indication of the stage of your research
  • Abstract of PhD research (min. 500 – max. 800 words). The abstract must include: research questions, theoretical framework, methods, and results if already applicable
  • Feedback needed on your PhD research
  • Letter from your faculty advisor/department head providing 1) information about the quality of the candidate, 2) specific information about how participation in the PhD seminar would benefit your doctoral studies, and 3) a statement of financial support the university is able to provide in support of your participation in the PhD Seminar.
  • A brief description (100-150 words) of your motivation to participate in the ISTR PhD Seminar
  • Research Keywords

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For more information, visit ISTR/WITS Africa PhD Seminar.