HUMA Carnegie postgraduate Fellowships in Africa 2021 (R200, 000)

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Applications are currently ongoing for the HUMA Carnegie postgraduate Fellowships: 4IR/AI and care in Africa 2021

HUMA is an interdisciplinary research institute at UCT, based in the Faculty of Humanities. Its primary objectives are threefold: to undertake and champion interdisciplinary research and exchange; to promote the next academic generation; to contribute to social commentary and debate that straddles academic and non-academic publics. Each is undertaken from the vantage point of an Afropolitan outlook and Pan African approach, and an interest in establishing appropriate linkages and relationships elsewhere on the continent and globally. HUMA’s intellectual agenda is shaped by one central theme: On Being Human, which is organized around four research clusters:

(1) Humanity and its Limits,

(2) Human/Non-human,

(3) Humane/Inhumane, and

(4) Humanist/Anti-humanist.

Amongst the Institute’s strategic initiatives are: a publications and dissemination programme, a lusophone programme, a policy and public engagement programme, grants and fundraising programme, and a skills development programme for nurturing and mentoring a new generation of disobedient Pan African scholars in the humanities.

Location: University of Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 2 years

The value of the Fellowships is fixed at R200, 000 per annum.

  • A Masters and PhD degree in a relevant discipline within social sciences, humanities, law, economics, STS.
  • Interest in undertaking doctoral research on AI and 4IR in one of six African regions (North, East, West, Central, Southern, and Lusophone Africa).
  • Interest in developing a national and international standing as a scholar.
  • Ability to present complex issues in a readable form for both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Interest in at least one of HUMA’s Research Thematic Clusters.
  • Interest in policy advice, media, and public engagement.
  • Excellent analytical and research skills including the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research techniques.
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language, and competencies and skills ineffective
  • communication, writing, editorial work, publishing, and knowledge dissemination.
  • Interest in developing a publication record.
  • Interest in undergraduate and postgraduate mentoring.
  • Willingness to work actively as part of a team.
Application Process

To apply for HUMA, email the documents below in a single file to

  • A covering letter including a detailed account of how applicants research and intellectual interests would fit with, and contribute to, HUMA’s agenda.
  • The applicant’s full curriculum vitae and a full list of publications/research output.
  • Certified copies of all academic transcripts. Please do not include copies of certificates.  One recent publication or piece of written work
  • Reports from three referees may be emailed directly to (preferably two from researchers based at institutions in two different African countries, and one outside the African continent, but not mandatory)
  • A research proposal on the thematic focus, as stipulated above, not exceeding 2-3 pages. It should include Research problem, methodology, and conceptual & theoretical framework; Potential sources of external funding for the proposed research activities; Strategies for disseminating research findings.
Deadline: November 30, 2020

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