University of Cape Town AW Mellon Foundation Scholarship for Masters and Doctoral African Students

AW Mellon Foundation Masters and Doctoral Scholarship Programme

Course(s) Offered:
Course Level: Postgraduate (doctoral, masters)
Provider: AW Mellon Foundation
Country to Study in: Africa (University of Cape Town)

Scholarship Description
The AW Mellon Foundation and the University of Cape Town has established a Scholarship Programme to support students from Africa - AW Mellon Foundation Masters and Doctoral Scholarship Programme.

Applications are invited from suitable candidates who intend to commence with full-time masters or doctoral studies at the University of Cape Town in 2011. Only applicants who will register for the first year of study and whose intended studies fall into the areas of study shown below will be considered.

Determined individuals who intend to contribute to the development of and who intend to address the problems facing South Africa and the continent of Africa are invited to apply for these Scholarships.

AW Mellon Foundation Masters and Doctoral Scholarship Programme

South African students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be given preference. Allocation of awards will be based on academic merit and financial need. Applicants from other countries in Africa will be considered.

Applicants for the Scholarship Programme will be required to:
  • Submit a letter of application to the address given below. The letter must provide a summary of the applicant’s career plans and intended role in the development of South Africa and the continent of Africa.
  • Submit a detailed budget plan for the proposed year of study, including all anticipated income and expenditure. This should be accompanied by a Pro-Forma Invoice from the University’s Fees Office.
  • Attach curriculum vitae of no longer than TWO A4 pages.
  • Provide proof that he/she has been accepted for full time study at the University of Cape Town
  • Attach certified copies of all academic transcripts
  • Provide proof of acceptance for study by the University of Cape Town and the relevant academic department. Evidence of such acceptance must be attached to the Application Package.
  • Have secured a Supervisor. Evidence of the Supervisor’s commitment to supervise the applicant must be attached to the application package
  • Provide letters of reference from Two Academics who have taught and/or supervised the applicant. These references should be attached to the application in sealed envelopes or sent directly to the address given below before the closing date
  • Submit an approved research proposal summary or abstract for the PhD degree (this document must be no longer than 3 A4 pages)
Successful applicants will be required to undertake to comply with the Conditions of Award which include the planning and organising of at least one seminar based on the study being undertaken.

Eligible groups
Citizens of sub-Saharan African countries

Fields of study
Only the following fields of study will be considered:
Social Justice, Historical Studies, Political Theory and Criminology, Music, with preference for Ethnomusicology, Environmental and Geographical Studies, Anthropology, Film & Media, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, African Languages, Democratic Governance, Constitutionalisation of Private Law, Constitutional Law, Marine & Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, Organisational Psychology, Economics, Actuarial Science, Demography.

Number of awards
Not specified

Scholarship benefits
This is a FULL tuition scholarship programme

Method of Application
To apply, you need to download Application forms in PDF form and/or Doc form. The complete Applications Package, including all of the above requirements, must be submitted to:

The Director;
Postgraduate Funding Office;
University of Cape Town – Private Bag;
Rondebosch 7701.

The scholarship application deadline is 31 October 2011 (for the Foundation's Honors Scholarships); and 30 September 2011 (for the Foundation's postdoctoral fellowships).

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, and is the oldest university in South Africa and the second oldest extant university in Africa.

Application Deadline: 30 Sept / 31 Oct 2011
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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