Wits History Workshop Masters Research Fellowships 2021 (Funding available)

Wits History Workshop Masters Research Fellowships 2021 (Funding available)

Deadline: March 12, 2021

Applications are open for the Wits History Workshop Masters Research Fellowships 2021. The Wits History Workshop invites applications for 2 MA fellowships to study institutional transformation in urban mobility governance on the African continent.

The project explores changes in urban mobility governance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kampala, Uganda. In both cities, steps have been taken to support the mobility practices of walking and cycling. This is a novel development which goes against the general tide in patterns of urban mobility policies.

This raises interesting questions on the dynamics of change. Assuming along term perspective in inquiry, the aim of the project is to understand:

  • why and how the formal rules, norms, expectations and beliefs (institutions) about urban mobility guiding the activities of state and non-state actors have changed;
  • the distribution of these institutions among urban mobility actors in Addis Ababa and Kampala;
  • how the contexts themselves account for changes.


  • The value of the fellowship is R100 000 plus a separate research allowance.


  • Students must be registered at the University of the Witwatersrand.
  • The project is interdisciplinary and welcomes applications from students with distinguished academic records in the fields of History, Geography, Urban Planning, Organisational and Institutional Studies, Political Studies, Sociology, Social Anthropology and relevant adjacent subjects.
  • Students will undertake their Masters research in this project under the supervision of the principal investigator. It is expected that some of the research will involve fieldwork in the study sites. Students will undertake the fieldwork together with members of project team for the purposes of mentorship and assistance in negotiating the study sites.


To apply please submit the following to [email protected] by March 12, 2021:

  • A detailed and up-to-date CV showing your degrees and course components.
  • A one-page concept paper why the candidate is interested in the project and sketching out some ideas on how the candidate might undertake the project.
  • Two academic letters of reference.
  • Certified copies of degrees.
  • An academic transcript.
  • An example of any recent written or published work such as an honors research report.

For more information, visit Wits History Workshop.