ACIP Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards 2021 for African Students in South Africa (Up to ZAR 40,000)

ACIP Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards 2021 for African Students in South Africa (Up to ZAR 40,000)

Deadline: May 3, 2021

Applications are open for the African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards 2021. The Award aims to support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled at South African universities and conducting dissertation research on relevant topics.

The African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions, and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa. The ACIP is committed to collaboration between scholars and the makers of culture/history, and to fostering inquiry into the politics of knowledge production, the relationships between the colonial/apartheid and the postcolonial/postapartheid, and the importance of critical pluralism as against nationalist discourse. ACIP is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).


  • Grant amounts vary depending on research plans, with a maximum award of ZAR 40,000.


  • Open to African postgraduate students (regardless of citizenship) in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
  • Applicants must be currently registered in a Ph.D. programme in a South African university and be working on topics related to ACIP’s focus. Awards will support doctoral research projects focused on topics such as institutions of public culture, particular aspects of museums and exhibitions, forms and practices of public scholarship, culture and communication, and the theories, histories, and systems of thought that shape and illuminate public culture and public scholarship.
  • Applicants must submit a dissertation proposal that has been approved by their institution to confirm the award; this must be completed before they begin ACIP-supported on-site research or by December 2021, whichever comes first.


To apply for an Ivan Karp Doctoral Award, complete the cover sheet and submit it with:

  • An abstract of the proposed research project (250 words maximum).
  • A research proposal no longer than 1800 words, double spaced, with 2.5 cm margins and font no smaller than 11 point. Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered.
  • A bibliography of up to two additional pages.
  • A project budget listing project expenses to be supported. Your budget should justify both items listed and amounts requested (what are the amounts based on?).
  • Your curriculum vitae.
  • Current academic transcript and proof of registration at your current institution.
  • Two referee letters should be submitted directly to the Selection Committee by email to [email protected] One must be from your supervisor.

Email your application as a single file with material in the above order to [email protected] The closing date for applications is May 3, 2021.

For more information, visit Ivan Karp Awards.