Academic exchange programme between Wits and Cambridge

Scholars will spend between one and six months on the exchange programme.

In Cambridge, visiting Wits researchers will be affiliated with POLIS and provided with desk space, (whenever possible and usually in a shared open space) a library card and access to Cambridge online resources. All travel and living expenses will be covered by the Chair and, where possible, visitors will be given a college affiliation and access to college accommodation. Visiting Wits researchers will be encouraged to play a full part in the academic life of POLIS, through participation in seminars and interaction with faculty.

In Wits, visiting Cambridge researchers will be affiliated with the Chair and provided with desk space (whenever possible and usually in a shared open space) a library card and access to Wits online resources. All travel and living expenses will be covered by the Chair and accommodation will be provided on campus. Visiting Cambridge researchers will be encouraged to play a full part in the academic life of Wits, through participation in seminars, particularly the Chair seminar series, and interaction with faculty.

Application Process

  1. Interested PhD students should send:
    • a covering letter, detailing briefly their PhD research and the academic reasons for their visit
    • a detailed CV (2 pages) and a short (2 page) outline of their PhD project
    • a letter of recommendation from their supervisor

  2. Interested academics should send:
    • a covering letter detailing the academic reasons for their visit and identifying how working under the auspices of the Chair in the host institution would advance their and the Chair’s research aims.
    • a detailed CV

Applications should be sent to Lawrence Hamilton (Lawrence.Hamilton@wits.ac.za or lah1001@cam.ac.uk), cc’ing Ricardo De Sao Joao (Ricardo.DeSaoJoao@wits.ac.za) and Cerys Thomas (ct543@cam.ac.uk). There are two relevant deadlines each year: 15 June and 15 October.

Within a month of coming back to their home institutions, exchange visitors are required to provide a short report (2 pages max) about their stay.

For more information and the application process, click here. To link to the University of Cambridge click here. And to link to the University of Witwatersrand, click here.


Three NRF PhD Scholarships

Three NRF Masters Scholarships

The NRF/British Academy Research Chair in Political Theory would like to invite applications for these scholarships.
These will be available for any student researching a topic in political theory (broadly construed) in South Africa, who would like to work under the supervision of Professor Lawrence Hamilton.

This Research Chair in Political Theory is undertaking and directing research under the following five main broad themes:-

• Freedom, Power, Resistance and Representation in the global South
• The State in Southern Africa: Colonization, Apartheid, Decolonization
• Human Needs, Human Rights and Political Judgement
• The Economics, Ethics and Political Theory of Amartya Sen
• Comparative Political Theory

However, candidates should not feel constrained by these research areas. The Chair can supervise research on a broad range of topics within political theory, including the history of political thought and political theory from and for the global South, particularly Africa, focused on generating new ways of conceiving of the main problems of political theory.

Please send your CV, full academic transcript and short research proposal – 1 page – to Professor Lawrence Hamilton, at Lawrence.Hamilton@wits.ac.za or The Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050, Johannesburg, South Africa. The deadline for these submissions is 15 November 2016 and is open to all, including students who are already enrolled in coursework at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

Two NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The NRF/British Academy Research Chair in Political Theory invites applications for these fellowships. They are available to researchers in the early stages of postdoctoral research (within 5 years of finishing their doctorate), researching a topic in political theory (broadly construed).
• They are tenable for one year, renewable for a second year
• These bursaries are awarded pro-rata at R200 000 per annum (tax free)
• There will also be an amount of R10 000 available per annum for conference travel
• All necessary workspace (and help with visa applications, where necessary) will be provided by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

This Research Chair in Political Theory is undertaking and directing research under the following five main broad themes:-

• Freedom, Power, Resistance and Representation in the global South
• The State in Southern Africa: Colonization, Apartheid, Decolonization
• Human Needs, Human Rights and Political Judgement
• The Economics, Ethics and Political Theory of Amartya Sen
• Comparative Political Theory

However, candidates should not feel constrained by these research areas. The Chair can mentor research on a broad range of topics within political theory, including the history of political thought and political theory from and for the global South, particularly Africa, focused on generating new ways of conceiving of the main problems of political theory.

The Chair aims to inaugurate a faculty and student exchange programme between the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Cambridge. Thus, there may also be the possibility of spending up to 6 months at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge.

Please send a CV and short research proposal – 2 pages – to Professor Lawrence Hamilton, at Lawrence.Hamilton@wits.ac.za or The Department of Political Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Please ensure that your CV includes the most up-to-date details of your academic record thus far.)

The deadline for these submissions is 15 November 2016 and is open to all, including students who are very close to completing or under examination for their doctoral research. Students who will obtain their doctoral degree by February 2017 are eligible to apply, but the NRF will only approve applicants who have completed all requirements for the degree.