African Critical Inquiry Programme

African Critical Inquiry Programme
African Critical Inquiry Programme

Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards is made available by the African Critical Inquiry Programme for the year 2022 to support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled at South African universities and conducting dissertation research on relevant topics.

The African Critical Inquiry Programme is looking out to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions, and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa, committed to collaboration between scholars and the makers of culture/history.

African Critical Inquiry Programme is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).

The programme does not accept applications from Ph.D. programmes in Law, Business, Medicine, Nursing, or Journalism as well as applications in doctoral programmes that do not lead to a Ph.D.

Why Apply for the African Critical Inquiry Programme?

The Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards are open to African postgraduate students (regardless of citizenship) in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
Grant amounts vary depending on research plans, with a maximum award of ZAR 40,000.

Summary;

African Critical Inquiry Programme’s Eligibility:  

  • The Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards made available by the African Critical Inquiry Programme are open to African postgraduate students (regardless of citizenship) in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
  • Candidates are expected to be currently registered in a Ph.D. programme in a South African university and be working on topics related to the programme’s focus.
  • Awards will support doctoral research projects focused on topics such as institutions of public culture, particular aspects of museums and exhibitions, forms and practices of public scholarship, culture and communication, and the theories, histories, and systems of thought that shape and illuminate public culture and public scholarship.
  • Candidates are required to present a dissertation proposal that has been approved by their institution to confirm the award; this must be completed before they begin African Critical Inquiry Programme-supported on-site research or by December 2022, whichever comes first.
  • Selection Criteria: The candidate’s selection will be based on the merit and strength of the application.
  • Awards are open to proposals working with a range of methodologies in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, including research in archives and collections, fieldwork, interviews, surveys, and quantitative data collection.
  • Candidates must write in clear, intelligible prose for a selection committee that is multi-disciplinary and cross-regional.
  • Proposals should show a thorough knowledge of the major concepts, theories, and methods in the applicant’s discipline and other related fields and include a bibliography relevant to the research.
  • Candidates should specify why an extended period of on-site research is essential to completing the proposed doctoral dissertation.
  • Guidance and advice on how to write a good proposal and budget can be found in the Resources section of the ACIP website (see Links in Program Webpage below).

Application Procedure

How to Apply for the African Critical Inquiry Programme: To apply, eligible candidates should present the following as a single file attachment with documents in the order listed:

  • completed cover sheet (form below and online at end of application information at http://www.graduateschool.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html, under ACIP Opportunities)
  • abstract of the proposed research project (250 words maximum)
  • research proposal outlining the project’s goals, central questions, significance, and relevance for ACIP’s central concerns. Proposals should include a formulated, realistic research design and plan of work responsive to the project’s theoretical and methodological concerns. Applicants should provide evidence of appropriate training to undertake the proposed research, including the language fluency necessary for the project. Proposals should be no longer than 5 pages; they should be double spaced, with one-inch margins and a font no smaller than 11 points. Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered.
  • bibliography of up to two additional pages
  • project budget listing and justifying project expenses to be supported by the award
  • your curriculum vitae
  • current transcript
  • two referee letters; one of these must be from your supervisor. Your referees should comment specifically on your proposed project, its quality and significance, and your qualifications for undertaking it. They might also evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your project and how you and your work would benefit from receiving the research award. Referee letters should be submitted directly to the selection committee.
  • Closing date: Applications and referees’ letters must be received on or before Monday 3 May 2021. Incomplete applications and applications that do not conform to format guidelines will not be considered.
  • Please submit materials as a single file attachment with documents in the order listed above. Applications should be sent by email with the heading “African Critical Inquiry Programme 2022 Research Award Application” to acip.uwc@gmail.com.

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