PANGeA Early Career Fellowship

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 PANGeA Early Career Fellowship Programme was launched in 2017 with the aim of investing in promising talent and fostering excellence in African humanities and social sciences by providing a range of training and skills development courses for early career academic staff within the PANGeA network.

The PANGeA Early Career Fellowship Programme is hosted by the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University over an eight-week period (June and July) annually. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from PANGeA partners while pursuing their research interests and receiving the necessary training and skills in university administration and research management.

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 I (Cameroon).

The fellowship includes

  1. A return ticket (economy class)
  2. Travel insurance
  3. Accommodation in Stellenbosch for one person for eight weeks (June - July). Two fellows will share a two-bedroom apartment with communal living space and bathroom
  4. A weekly stipend to cover living expenses in Stellenbosch for eight weeks
  5. Training and skills development courses
  6. The use of a shared workspace at Stellenbosch University
  7. The use of Stellenbosch University's library facilities and resources
Eligibility criteria for the Early Career Fellowship Programme

  1. Fellowships are intended for academic staff members from within the PANGeA network 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 employed in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences at PANGeA partners are eligible.
  4. Only applicants who are endorsed by the Head of the Department or Dean/Principal of their Faculty/College will be considered.
  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 the responsibility of the applicant and 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.

The following will be expected of PANGeA Early Career Fellows:

  1. Successful candidates will be required to arrive in Stellenbosch on 01 or 02 June and depart on 27 or 28 July 2019.
  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. The submission of at least one research output in the form of an accredited publication at the end of the eight-week residency.
  5. All fellow awardees are required to enter into a signed agreement at the commencement of their visiting fellowship.

PANGeA Early Career Fellows can expect the following:

  1. Training and skills development workshops and short courses on university and research management.
  2. Access to SU library facilities and resources, shared workspaces on campus, and weekly departmental research seminars in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  3. Guidance from academic staff within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, where feasible.
  4. Accommodation (on a shared basis between 2 Fellows) within walking distance (1.1km) to campus.
  5. A return flight (economy class), travel insurance, airport transfers and weekly stipend to cover living expenses in Stellenbosch.
  6. One sight-seeing tour of Cape Town.


To apply please see our call for applications