NIHSS Digital BRICS Research and Teaching Mobility Grants for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2022

NIHSS Digital BRICS Research and Teaching Mobility Grants for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2022

Deadline: February 15, 2022

Applications are open for the NIHSS Digital BRICS Research and Teaching Mobility Grants for the Humanities and Social Sciences 2022. The National Institute for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NIHSS) and the South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) are pleased to invite suitably qualified researchers and postgraduate students in South African universities and research institutes to apply for the BRICS Research and Teaching Mobility Grants.

The objective of the BRICS research and teaching initiative is to provide a platform for researchers and academics to exchange ideas and to generate evidence-based policy recommendations in the identified BRICS thematic areas.

The themes are:

  • Promoting cooperation for economic growth and development.
  • The maintaining of peace and security.
  • Social justice, sustainable development and quality of life.
  • Political and economic governance.
  • Achieving progress by sharing knowledge and innovation.


  • Funding in this program will support South African researchers and academics as well as postgraduate students (at Masters and Doctoral levels) undertaking research and teaching endeavours at BRICS universities and research institutes.
  • Funding will also support South African research institutes and think-tanks to co-host policy dialogues with the SABTT, and to publish policy briefs on BRICS thematic issues.


  • Only South African citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time post-graduate students must currently be registered for either a Masters or PhD/Doctoral programme in a South African public university.
  • Academics and researchers based at another BRIC country must be invited by a South African based academic or researcher.

Selection Criteria

  • Applications will be considered on the basis of scientific and technical merit.
  • Applications should outline the framework for establishing long-term collaborations with BRICS-based researchers and institutions of choice.
  • The proposal should promote equality and redress/capacity-building in the case the researcher applies for training of South African postgraduate students (Master’s and Doctoral). Only proposals not exceeding R300 000.00 will be considered.


Applications must include:

  • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae/resume.
  • A proposal detailing the aims, objectives, and intended outcomes, timeframes of the project and itemised budget – maximum of 1000 words.
  • Work outline: a detailed outline of the proposed activities to operationalise the project, bearing in mind that the Grant is tenable for a maximum of twelve (12) months.
  • Letter of recommendation from a host African university and the Dean (including the supervisor’s recommendation for post-graduate students) confirming the applicant’s affiliation and capacity to undertake the proposed activity in the event that the Grant is awarded.

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