• Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    Inaugural Presentation of Vice-Chancellor's Lecture Series: "Sites of Trauma, Sites of Conscience"

    Attentive Audience - "An opportunity for dialogue with public, including young thinkers with intruguing ideas and insight on issues related to historical trauma and memory"

  • Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    Department of Peace Studies Research; Uppsala University
    Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela presenting a lecture with Emeritus Professor Irvin Staub, Peace and Conflict Studies Research Department, Uppsala University.
  • Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    Vice-Chancellor's Lecture Series: "Narrating Rape during the South African War" by Emeritus Prof Ant
    Profs Lucius Botes, Helene Strauss, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Antjie Krog and Dr Buhle Zuma at Prof Krog's Lecture.
  • Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    Postgraduate students 2015
    Doctoral and Master's students during a postgraduate students' research workshop with Prof Engela Pretorius as guest of honour.
  • Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    Empathic responses to video clips from the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    Melike Fourie, Post-doctoral Fellow leading brain imaging in our multidisciplinary research on empathy. 

  • Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    "Forgiveness, Law and Justice, Third Annual Reconciliation Lecture 2014"

    "What is Forgiveness? What is it? Why consider it? Should it be encouraged? By law, by leaders?” - Professor Martha Minow

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Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies: Postgraduate Studies

Postgraduate Studies

Scholarships are available for graduate students at master’s or PhD level in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Students whose research is in areas related to historical trauma and its aftermath will be considered.

Funding for PhD Study

In order to be considered for funding for PhD study, applicants must have obtained an average of at least 70% in their master’s degree. Applicants may be from any discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Research should be in areas including, but not limited to, transgenerational trauma, gender and the trauma of sexual abuse, reconciliation, forgiveness, apology, and areas related to dealing with historical trauma and the aftermath of genocide. The scholarship will be renewed annually with proof of registration, and on condition that the candidate has made appropriate progress.

Eligibility for PhD Study

  • A master’s degree and experience in conducting research (qualitative and/or quantitative).
  • An average pass of 70% or higher in the master’s degree.
  • The master’s degree obtained must be purely research-based.
  • The candidate will be part of the scholarly community at the UFS, and will be expected to deliver a presentation in a seminar series at least once a year based on her/his proposal, and later on his/her research.


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