Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape Fellowship 2021 for Emerging Scholars (Funded)

Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape Fellowship 2021 for Emerging Scholars (Funded)

Deadline: October 21, 2020

The Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) is pleased to announce the 2021 Fellowship competition for Post-doctoral, PhD, MA and Honours awards. They invite emerging scholars in the humanities and interpretive social sciences to join a team of scholars and artists who, in conversation and collaboration, continue to contribute significantly to redefining the study of the humanities and social sciences locally and internationally.

In addition to pursuing their own research projects, fellows at the CHR will be core participants in the weekly South African Contemporary History and Humanities Seminar, reading groups, lecture series and other programmes, colloquia and conferences at the CHR. For 2021, prospective candidates will be selected in accordance with the research priorities of the National Flagship Project in the Humanities and the SARChI Chair in Visual History and Theory funded through the National Research Foundation, the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Research Areas

  • Aesthetics and Politics, Aesthetic Education, and the Becoming Technical of the Human
  • Kinetic Objects
  • Political Theory and Philosophy
  • Visual History & Theory
  • Transformative Constitutionalism
  • Other Universals


  • The total award covers a monthly stipend, travel costs, accommodation and basic research expenses. The fellowship cannot be held concurrently with other fellowships without permission of the Director of the CHR and all recipients of grants will be required to fulfil the obligations of the program.


  • Open to emerging scholars in the humanities and interpretive social sciences;
  • Successful candidates will be required to be present on campus during the relevant academic semesters unless granted leave by the fellowship board.
  • All Postdoctoral fellows will be required to produce at least one peer-reviewed journal article, which when published should contain appropriate acknowledgement of the CHR, UWC.
  • Postdoctoral Fellows are also required to show substantial progress towards publication of a monograph.


  • All applications should include a CV and a letter of motivation on why the CHR Flagship is the best fit for the study (candidates should identify the research theme best suited to their respective research interests).
  • All applicants must have their current degree “in-hand” by the time that the fellowship is to be taken up. Please note that the South African Academic Year begins in February, and all applicants must be ready to be in-residence at the CHR by the first week of March 2021.
  • In order to be considered for the fellowship, applicants must have made an independent application to the relevant academic department at UWC in which the degree will be conferred.
  • Applicants should provide an academic writing sample or published journal article (MA candidates should submit a chapter from an Honours long paper; Honours applicants should submit a coursework essay), an academic transcript, and three independent academic references. Referee reports should be sent directly to [email protected] Postdoctoral, PhD and MA applicants should submit a three-page description of their research project and a separate plan of work.
  • In addition, applicants should provide a brief statement on how their research intervenes in the larger national and international debates on the humanities, especially, albeit not exclusively, as these relate to advancing its study in Africa. All PhD, MA and Honours applicants must name the academic department beyond the CHR through which the degree will be pursued.

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For more information, visit University of the Western Cape.