Deadline: May 19, 2023
Applications are open for the Wits-Edinburgh Doctoral Programme in Sustainable African Futures (WESAF) 2023/2024. The University of Edinburgh (UoE) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) are pleased to invite eligible scholarship applications to their collaborative Doctoral Programme in Sustainable African Futures (WESAF), Part 1: MSc by Research in Sustainable African Futures.
The WESAF doctoral programme aims to provide research training to equip students (primarily academics already holding tenured positions) to complete interdisciplinary doctoral research on areas related to sustainability on the African continent. The blended programme is designed to enable students to complete primarily online masters followed by a primarily online doctorate. The Masters by Research and PhD programmes will however combine in-person elements including sustainability schools (in person schools focussed on enhancing knowledge in the field of sustainability research) in South Africa and contact sessions in Edinburgh alongside workplace-based internships. Supervision will be jointly delivered online and jointly by academics from both UoE and Wits.
Costs covered during the 12 months of the MSc by Research programme are:
- MSc by Research fees.
- Participation in two sustainability schools (in person) in Johannesburg. Covered costs include visa
applications for South Africa entry, vaccinations as necessary, accommodation and subsistence while
in Johannesburg, return flights and internal travel.
- Laptops and connectivity where appropriate.
- Reading material will be accessible through the University of Edinburgh online library and other
resources will be made available by course lecturers (no cost will be attached to courses or
The target group for scholarships is emerging researchers and academics who meet the requirements to
pursue a master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh.
To apply for this programme, applicants must:
- Have successfully completed a university degree that will qualify for entry into a Master’s programme at the University of Edinburgh (A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).
- Demonstrate a level of English language competency that will enable one to succeed in the studies, regardless of nationality or country of residence.
- Have generally completed their last university degree not more than three and a half years ago and/or have demonstrable experience in academia/research at the time of application.
- Be nationals or permanent residents of an African country.
- Be a) a staff member at one of the partner universities, OR b) a candidate being considered for teaching or research staff recruitment by the partner universities.
In addition to the online application form, candidates will need to upload the following mandatory
- Curriculum vitae, including a list of publications (if applicable)
- A final official university degree certificate and final official transcript.
- Letter of support from the university where the candidate is based
- If applicable, information on the UNHCR registration as a refugee
For more information, visit WESAF Programme.