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Doctoral Scholarships in Social Sciences and Arts at University of Stellenbosch, South Africa 2012

The Graduate School coordinates multi- and inter-disciplinary research themes to help prepare Africa’s next generation of academics and professionals to address critical challenges of the continent with a focus on the eradication of poverty and the promotion of peace and democracy. Collaborative research, supervision and exchange are encouraged and channelled through PANGeA (Partnership for Africa’s Next Generation of Academics) involving leading universities elsewhere in Africa. Scholarships will be made available to suitable candidates for full-time doctoral study linked to the research themes of the Graduate School in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Depending on the suitability of candidates and the availability of supervisors, an intake of maximally twenty new scholarship students is envisaged in 2012. Scholarships are valued at a maximum of R120,000 per year for three years.

-Scholarships are intended for students who wish to undertake a study programme to obtain a doctoral degree in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch, and who therefore are in possession of the necessary qualifications for admission to a doctoral degree in this Faculty. -Applicants must have completed a Masters degree or an equivalent recognised by the University of Stellenbosch before they can be admitted to doctoral study. -As a rule a minimum average of 65% should have been obtained in their previous qualifying degree or study in order to be eligible for the scholarship. The University will decide, in its sole discretion, whether any particular qualification or degree is sufficient to satisfy the admission criteria for the doctoral degree and for the award of the scholarship. - Applicants must be citizens of an African country, which includes South Africa. -Successful foreign students must be in possession of a valid study permit in order to register at Stellenbosch University at the commencement of the programme. - Applicants must be available for full-time study over a period of three years starting at the beginning of 2012, reasonable vacation periods excepted. Unless on sabbatical or leave approved for the purposes of taking up this full-time scholarship, the scholarship-holder may not without permission of the Graduate School be involved in any form of salaried employment during the tenure of the scholarship. -Applicants must have an adequate command of spoken and written English, as the correspondence, courses, seminars and other activities of the Graduate School and African Doctoral Academy will, as a rule and in view of the presence of foreign students especially at the doctoral level, be transacted in English. The use of languages other than English for the submission of written work will be acceptable, subject to the availability of academic staff members capable of supervising and commenting on the work submitted in such languages.