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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: ANDREW W.MELLON FOUNDATION “TURNING THE TIDE” MASTERS SCHOLARSHIP 2024

Application Deadline: 31 July, 2023

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University is pleased to announce, in
partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a limited number of full-time scholarships
for Masters (full thesis) candidates.
Scholarships are available in all the disciplines that form part of our Faculty but restricted to
research topics that fall within one of the following themes:

African Cultural Studies

The Anthropocene and/or Ecocriticism

Identity, Gender and/or Queer Studies
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Applicants should have obtained a first-class distinction (75%+), in the final year of their
Honours degree.

Applicants are expected to provide a sample of their writing with their application:
o Honours research essay for MA applicants
o Any published academic articles related to your application

At the date of application, applicants must not be older than 30 to apply for a Masters
scholarship.

Applicants have to be able to commence studies in February 2024.

Applicants must apply for entrance to study at Stellenbosch University in addition to
applying for this scholarship. Applicants are not required to be registered, or to have a
supervisor. They should however, inform themselves regarding the availability of suitable
supervisors in their particular field of study in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
before submitting an application.
RECOMMENDATIONS

Awards or grants received;

Relevant professional or artistic experience;


APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS

Application to Stellenbosch University;

Official scholarship application form;

A motivation letter (not longer than 600 words);

A pre-proposal (or research idea) of no more than 500 words describing your proposed
research question and conceptualization on any of the three project themes. (African
Cultural Studies; The Anthropocene and/or Ecocriticism; Identity, Gender and/or Queer
studies). You should discuss the contribution your research will make to the existing body
of knowledge in this field of study. You should also include: the problem statement, the
methodology / theoretical framework / philosophical underpinnings you intend to use; and
the feasibility of your study.


Please note that your research should deal directly with one of the three project
themes.

A certified copy of your full academic transcript;

A certified copy of your Honours – or foreign equivalent (if you have completed the
qualification but have not yet obtained the certificate, official proof from the institution
concerned that the degree will be delivered before December 2023);

A certified copy of your South African ID or passport (for international students).
VALUE OF SCHOLARSHIPS

MA scholarships: R170 000, over 18 months to two years.

In addition, scholars may apply for the following categories of support together with their
supervisors:
o Writing retreat – R 2 205
o Local conference attendance – R 8 269
o Publication costs – R 10 920
Under this scholarship programme supervisors, are also able to access funding for the
above-mentioned activities.


ENQUIRIES
Please direct any enquiries about the scholarships to Dr Candice Steele at
[email protected].

PLEASE NOTE: You must apply for entrance to study at Stellenbosch.

Make your application here!

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