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Lisa Maskell / PANGeA call for scholarships For 20​​23

CALL OPENS:       01 June 2022
CALL CLOSES:     30 August​ 2022

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University is pleased to announce, in partnership with the Gerda Henkel Foundation, a limited number of full-time scholarships for PhD studies.

Scholarships are available for research projects in the Historical Humanities. (Please refer here for further details)​​​​​​


  • Applicants from sub-Saharan African countries. Priority will be given to qualifying candidates from PANGeA partner institutions.
  • Applicants should have obtained 70% in the final year of the previous completed degree.
  • Applicants are expected to provide a sample of their writing with their application:
  • MA thesis for PhD applicants
  • Any published academic articles related to your application.
  • At the date of application, applicants must not be older than 35 to apply for a PhD scholarship.
  • Applicants must be able to commence studies in February 2023 (subject to possible COVID-19 related delays).
  • Applicants must submit an application to study at Stellenbosch University in addition to this scholarship application. Applicants are not required to be registered or to have a supervisor. They should, however, inform themselves regarding the availability of suitable supervisors in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in their particular field of research, before submitting an application.​


  • An existing record of publications;
  • Awards or grants received;
  • Relevant professional or artistic experience;
  • The ability to use any language(s) in addition to English for academic purposes.



  • *Official application form (he​r​e);​
  • motivation letter (not longer than 600 words);
  • pre-proposal (or research idea) of no more than 500 words describing your proposed research question. You should discuss the unique contribution your research will make to the existing body of knowledge in this field of study, the problem statement, the methodology / theoretical framework / philosophical underpinnings you intend to use and the feasibility of your study.
  • certified copy of your full academic transcript;
  • certified copy of your MA degree certificate – or foreign equivalent (if you have completed the qualification but have not yet obtained the certificate, official proof from the institution concerned that the degree will be delivered before March 2023);
  • certified copy of your South African ID or passport (for international students).
​*Please note that this is the ONLY official site for this scholarship application - Contact us if you are unsure .


  • PhD scholarships: Up to R420 000, over three years. ​