2015/2016 NRF Desmond Tutu Doctoral Scolarhsip For South Africans

2015/2016 NRF Desmond Tutu Doctoral Scolarhsip For South Africans

2015/2016 NRF Desmond Tutu Doctoral Scolarhsip For South Africans

Application Deadline: 17th July 2015

The Desmond Tutu Doctoral Training Programme (DTTP) was established in honour of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s lifetime struggle against inequality and his quest for reconciliation. The National Research Foundation (NRF) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA) entered into a partnership in 2009 to co-fund South African students carrying out doctoral studies in a Joint Degree (split-site) mode.

The aim is to contribute to a more equal world by integral thinking in which diversities are considered enriching rather than threatening.

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Bridging diversities means making connections: the programme stands for dialogue and engaged scholarship. Research undertaken in this programme aims to provide a safe space for thinking through the ambiguities and paradoxes of diversities. The theme is conceptualised with an aspiration to make a difference to society and ‘academic advancement’ is understood as relevant to, and serving the improvement of society.

The following two themes will be key areas for research projects:

  1. Prosperous Societies:

Research themes: food industry; HIV; identities; reconciliation; security; service delivery; development of high potentials; culture and communication; corporate social responsibility.

  1. Sustainable Energy:

Research themes: environment; sustainability; climate change; natural resource management; energy provision.

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible, all candidates are expected to meet the criteria as follow:

  • Be in possession of a research Master’s degree.
  • Be South African citizens or permanent residents.
  • Candidates may not concurrently hold the scholarship with another NRF scholarship.
  • The NRF scholarship should be held as the primary funding source.
  • Supervisory capacity both at VUA and the SA partner institution.
  • The availability of research running costs for the PhD candidate’s project.

The DST-NRF component of the scholarship is R120 000 and will cover:

  • A bursary to the value of R70 000 each year toward living costs (full-time scholars) or sabbatical costs (part-time scholars) in South Africa;
  • Required visa and residence permit costs (R38 000);
  • Course and tuition fees in South Africa (R12 000);
  • Two economy return flights from South Africa to Amsterdam per year;
  • A contribution toward doctoral dissertation defense costs.

    The VUA component of the scholarship is approximately R120 000 and will cover:

  • Accommodation and living allowance in Amsterdam (for two one-month visits each year);
  • Course fees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and;
  • A contribution toward doctoral dissertation defense costs.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the NRF Desmond Tutu Scholarship

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