PANGeA Early Career Fellowships

The PANGeA Early Career Fellowship Programme was launch in 2017 with the aim of fostering excellence in African humanities and social sciences by providing a range of training and skill development courses for academic staff within the PANGeA network. The PANGeA Early Career Fellowship Programme is hosted by Stellenbosch University in cooperation with the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) over an eight-week period (June and July). Successful candidates will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from PANGeA partners while still focusing on their research and receive the necessary training and skills in order to advance their academic careers.

Academics globally are increasingly expected to produce more research outputs, while their administrative responsibilities are also on the rise. The challenge, however, is that academics rarely have the opportunity to focus solely on research given their teaching schedules and the vast majority of academic staff have little or no administrative and managerial training.

The aim of the PANGeA Early Career Fellowship Programmes is to invest in promising talent by providing them with an opportunity to enhance their research profile and attend specialised workshops that will equip them with the necessary skills in university administration to further their careers.

The network currently consists of the following partners: University of Botswana; University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania); University of Ghana (Legon); University of Malawi; Makerere University (Uganda); University of Nairobi (Kenya); Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and the University of Yaoundé 1 (Cameroon).

  • A return ticket (economy class)
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation in Stellenbosch for one person for eight weeks (June-July)
  • A monthly stipend to cover living expenses in Stellenbosch (two months)
  • Training and skill development courses
  • The use of a shared workspace at Stellenbosch University
  • The use of Stellenbosch University’s library facilities and resources
  1. Fellowships are intended for post-doctoral candidates and staff members from PANGeA partners who wish to undertake an eight-week visiting fellowship where they will be able to network, receive training and skills in academic administration and work on their own research with the intention of producing at least one publication.
  2. Applicants must have completed a PhD degree (Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences) within the last five years.
  3. Only applicants who are endorsed by the Head of the department or Dean/Principal of the faculty/college will be considered
  4. Only applicants who are employed in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences at PANGeA partners are eligible
  5. Applicants must be citizens of an African country – which includes South Africa. Successful foreign (non-South African) fellows must be in possession of a valid South African visa (if required) in order to take part in the fellowship programme at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Visa fees are to be paid and are the responsibility of the applicant. This visa fee will not be reimbursed through the fellowship programme.
  6. A sabbatical or leave must be approved by the applicant’s home institution for the purposes of taking up this eight-week visiting fellowship.
  7. Applicants must have published at least one of the following in an accredited publication: Journal article, academic paper, book chapter, book, or conference paper.
  8. Applicants must have an adequate command of spoken and written English, as the correspondence, courses, and other activities will, as a rule and in view of the presence of foreign fellows, be transacted in English. The use of languages other than English for the submission of written work will be acceptable, subject to the availability of academic staff members capable of providing feedback on the work submitted in such languages.
  9. In accord with visa regulations applicants must return to their home country at the end of the research visit.
  1. At least one research output in the form of an accredited publication.
  2. Successful candidates are required to attend relevant training and skills development courses provided by Stellenbosch University.
  3. Applicants are encouraged to participate in academic discussions and contribute to interfaculty collaboration at SU and within the broader PANGeA network.
  4. All fellow awardees are required to enter into a signed agreement.
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