RASC PhD Scholarships 2021




Rhodes University African Studies Centre Doctoral scholarship and Studentships, 2021.


  • Internal Submission Deadline: 30 June 2020
  • Award Cycle: 2021
  • Discipline/Subject Area: African Studies
  • Funding Available: R130,000 (actual award may be less than the full scholarship)

Sponsored by the German Research Foundation and through our collaboration with the African Multiple, University of Bayreuth, the Rhodes University African Studies Centre (RASC) seeks to systematically advance the study of Africa studies by means of cutting edge original empirical research as well as theory-building based on original inter- and transdisciplinary research endeavours.

We welcome Doctoral students who will work closely with their supervisors who are members of the RASC to produce cutting edge researches that will bring new insights to the African Cluster Centre cross cutting themes such as: (1) Moralities; (2) Knowledges; (3) Arts and Aesthetics; (4) Mobilities; (5) Affiliations; and (6) Learnings.

Current Doctoral candidates with research projects which explore related themes, and particularly those whose supervisors are in the Cluster System are invited to apply for: a PhD scholarship (one year) in the first instance up to a maximum of R130 000 per annum. The Selection Committee may recommend to offer partial awards instead of a full scholarship. PhD students under this scholarship are expected to assist the supervisor with some of his/her research work and undertake some limited teaching related duties, where necessary.

Requirements: Applicants must be registered for a PhD at Rhodes University. Preference will be given to students whose PhD research proposals have been approved by the Higher Degree Committee and those who are already doing their fieldwork, or are in the process of writing up their theses. Those who were awarded for the 2020 cycle are encouraged to apply on condition that they have made good progress during the year and are able to complete their studies in 2021.

Applications to be addressed to:

The Director,

Rhodes African Studies Centre,

Rhodes University, Makhanda/Grahamstown, 6139


Applications will be accepted via ROSE, Rhodes’ Online Submission Engine at:


Applications must include the following:

1) a brief research proposal (1000 words) or an accepted research proposal from the Higher Degree Committee;

2) A full CV; and

3) a recent sample of academic writing (eg a thesis chapter, or where possible a published output)

Closing Date for Applications: 30 June 2020. Where necessary, candidates may be shortlisted for a brief interview.

Last Modified: Sat, 06 Jun 2020 01:32:59 SAST