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Andrew W.Mellon Foundation

ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS in Urban Connections in African Popular Imaginaries

The research programme is concerned with African popular modes of representation and interpretation, and especially with the ways in which local specificities and global imaginaries are articulated through popular genres. It seeks to engage critically with various knowledge productions that are embedded in local cultural forms.

The English Department at Rhodes University, together with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, invite applications for Postgraduate Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships who wish to embark on research in any of the following research areas: genre fiction in Africa (crime thrillers, science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy fiction, Afro-Gothic fiction, chick-lit, and romance fiction); literary narratives of new and ‘invisible’ African writers; new modes of African writing through modern digital technology; popular performance art (stand-up comedy, music, film, television, radio); magazines and graphic illustrations. Students in cognate disciplines are also encouraged to apply.

Honours Scholarships (one year): R85 000 per annum

MA Scholarships (two years): R95 000 per annum

PhD Scholarships (three years): R125 000 per annum

Postdoctoral Fellowships: R190 000

  • Honours applicants must provide a 300- 500 word research proposal and academic record
  • MA, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship applicants must provide a 1000 word research proposal, CV and academic record

Closing Date for Applications: 31 October 2016.

Candidates will be shortlisted for a brief interview and must be available to commence full-time study (in attendance) in February 2017.

For academic and project enquiries: contact the Research Project Leader, Dr Lynda Gichanda Spencer: l.spencer@ru.ac.za

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Submit applications to: l.spencer@ru.ac.za

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