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University of Pretoria 2015 Doctoral Scholarships for International Students

About the University of Pretoria:

History of the University of Pretoria:

The University of Pretoria has its origins in the establishment of the Pretoria Centre of the Transvaal University College in 1908. The colloquial name of the university, Tuks or Tukkies, was derived from the acronym of the college – TUC.

The college opened its doors as an English language institution housed in Kya Rosa, a four-bedroom residential property in the centre of Pretoria. TUC started off with four professors and three lecturers and 32 enrolled students. Courses were presented in Dutch and other Modern Languages, English Language and Literature, Classics (which included Philosophy, Latin and Hebrew), as well as Natural Sciences.

On 10 October 1930, an act of Parliament – championed by General Jan Smuts – gave rise to the name TUC becoming the University of Pretoria. At the time the University had more than 900 students, making it the largest tertiary institution in the country at the time.

UP currently has more than 50 000 students and has become one of the leading higher education institutions on the continent and indeed, in the world. It now offers courses in both English and Afrikaans and has transformed from a mainly white, Afrikaner institution to a multicultural, multiracial university that offers quality education to South Africans from all walks of life.

About the University of Pretoria 2015 Doctoral Scholarships:

You are invited to apply for the University of Pretoria 2015 Doctoral Scholarships for International Students in South Africa. The University of Pretoria’s Human Economy Research Programme has funds for six doctoral scholarships for research on topics relevant to the following themes Money in the Making of World Society and Building a Human Economy in southern and central Africa.

The scholarships will be tenable for three years. Successful applicants will be assigned to doctoral supervisors in appropriate disciplines in the Faculty of Humanities or other faculties in the University of Pretoria, and will be required to participate fully in all Human Economy Research Programme seminars, workshops and conferences.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Applications for the Human Economy Doctoral Scholarships are invited from suitably-qualified candidates.
  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in a discipline that provides appropriate preparation for research. Such disciplines include, but are not restricted to, Anthropology, Development Studies, Economics, History, Geography, and Sociology.

Fields of Study:

Disciplines include, but are not restricted to, Anthropology, Development Studies, Economics, History, Geography, and Sociology.

Number of Scholarships:

Not Specified.

Eligible Countries/Target Groups:

Applications from African, and particularly black South African, candidates are encouraged.

Value of Scholarship/Inclusions:

The amount of the scholarships is R 160 000 per annum, and successful applicants will have access to additional funding for their doctoral research. Successful applicants will be expected to arrive at the University of Pretoria by the end of August 2015.

Application Procedure/Instructions:

Applications should be submitted electronically. Applicants must submit:

  1. A full curriculum vitae
  2. Official evidence of their academic record to date
  3. A statement (not more than four pages) of their proposed doctoral research. This must explain how their proposed research relates to one of the themes indicated above, and how their prior study and research prepare them for their chosen topic.

Deadline for Application:

The closing date for applications is 10 April, 2015.

Official Scholarship Website:

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Courtesy – Nigerian Scholars Team

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