The SARChI Chair in Higher Education and Human Development Research Programme offers a limited number of Doctoral Scholarships for South African and international students/fellows. Presently, there is an ongoing call for applications and applicants interested in higher education and human development  in relation to; environmental justice, epistemic justice, gender justice, racism, pedagogic justice, reconciliation and justice, critical digital literacy and social media, political agency, institutional cultures, political economy, disability and justice are especially encouraged.
Details on the doctoral scholarships and how to apply can be found below.  




  The SARChI Chair in Higher Education and Human Development Research Programme (HEHD) at the University of the Free State invites applications from qualified, motivated and talented candidates for doctoral scholarships. In HEHD we conduct theoretical and empirical research into human development applied to the challenges of social justice in higher education and development, in collaboration with international partners. Under the leadership of Professor Melanie Walker, SARChI Chair in Higher Education and Human Development, HEHD undertakes a suite of mixed methods research projects and graduate research.
  Ideally, Doctoral Research Fellows will have an interest and expertise at Masters or Honours level in education and development, development studies, higher education studies or a related discipline such as development studies, philosophy, politics, and sociology. The scholarship is available for three-years, subject to satisfactory performance for the title registration of the fellow’s doctoral study.  


The Fellowship is open to all South African and foreign nationals for full-time research at the University of the Free State. Prospective fellows need to meet the following criteria:
1. Graduated with a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline within the last five years and a minimum average grade of 70%.
2. Successful applicants may not hold full-time salaried employment during the fellowship.
3. Successful applicants must be able to relocate to the UFS for the duration of the fellowship.
4. Applicants may also need to provide a SAQA verification certificate.

1. Conduct doctoral research on human development and higher education.
2.  Register and reside as a full-time doctoral research fellow at the UFS and participate in relevant HEHD activities and the School of Postgraduate Studies

Please email the following documentation to Prof Melanie Walker-  Email:  
1. A motivation letter 
2. A 6-10 page outline of your proposed doctoral research including aim, research questions, a preliminary literature review, and methods. 
3. A CV including any research publications, conference papers and grants 
4. Transcripts of academic record and copy of Master’s degree certificate 
5. Copy of ID document (or copy of passport in the case of foreign applicants) 
6. Contact details of two academic referees who have taught/supervised the candidate. 

Please include “Doctoral Scholarship HEHD” in your subject line.

R180 000 annual fellowship (Note that registration fees are deducted annually), which includes R 30,000 for research expenses.

To facilitate distribution, a poster of this open call can be accessed here: SARChI Poster HEHD Scholarship Announcement.


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