Call for Applications, Masters Bursary: Changing movement landscapes in South Africa

Updated: Jan 27

The Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP) is seeking to recruit an MA Research Intern to conduct research on movements in South Africa, as part of a broader research project on movements and popular politics in the Brics countries. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct research that speaks both to the internal life of movements and to the broader movements landscape in post-apartheid South Africa, and will work closely with Prof Karl von Holdt and other researchers and students in SWOP. The research will make a contribution to understanding the changing nature of movements in South Africa, either historically or currently. This position is funded by the National Institute for the Humanities and the Social Sciences.


The project will provide a one-year MA bursary for a student wishing to undertake research in this field. The student will receive a bursary of R 95,000, and 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: 18 January 2021

Applications must be submitted to: Gugulethu.Mabena1@wits.ac.za




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