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Call for Applications: MA bursaries 2022 - Researching the “July Days”


What happened during the July events this year?

Was it an insurrection? Food riots? Ethnic insurgency? Ungovernability? An uprising?


Two MA bursaries 2022

Researching the “July Days”


The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) is seeking to recruit two MA Research Interns to conduct research on the “July Days”, working with a team of researchers in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal. The successful candidates will work closely with Prof Karl von Holdt and other researchers and students in SWOP and beyond. The research will make a contribution to understanding the changing nature of movements, politics, community, violence, state, crime and justice in South Africa. These positions are funded by the National Institute for the Humanities and the Social Sciences and by the Mellon Violent states, states of violence project. One of the bursaries will be awarded specifically for researching violence during the July Days


The project will provide a one-year MA bursary for each of two students wishing to undertake research in this field in 2022. Each student will receive a bursary of R 100,000, have access to a research budget, and will be registered in a relevant social science discipline at Wits University. Their MA research project will be supported intellectually, and they will be expected to produce a research report for SWOP within the first eight months of commencing their studies.



To apply, please submit the following:


· a detailed and up-to-date CV, showing your degrees and component courses of study;

· an academic transcript;

· an example of any recent written and/or published work;

· names and contact details for two referees;

· a motivation letter

· a concept note indicating the proposed area of research.


Closing date for applications: 17 January 2022


Applications must be submitted to Ms Lucinda Becorny at lucinda.becorny@wits.ac.za




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