College of Humanities

Call for Applications 2022 – College of Humanities Early Career Scholars Programme

Closing Date:

The closing date for applications is Friday, 12 August 2022


The College of Humanities at UKZN is committed to nurturing new generations of South African/African scholars in order to strengthen research, teaching and community engagement and build the intellectual leadership that is indispensable for an outstanding African university and democracy and development.

The College of Humanities has mobilised funding to support UKZN Humanities early career scholars to conduct research, supervise postgraduate students, attend conferences, and enhance their research, writing and supervision expertise as part of developing their academic careers.

The Fellowship

Successful applicants will be supported in the following ways:

  • Award of an Early Career Research Fellowship. The Fellowship will provide teaching and administration relief for three months through funding for replacement teaching costs. Replacement costs will be as per official UKZN rates. The successful Fellow is expected to contribute three months of his/her sabbatical leave to constitute a total of six months of research leave.
  • Award of an Early Career Research Grant to undertake writing and publication.
  • Early Career Development Activities related to writing and publishing and supervising higher degrees candidates.
  • Support to attend conferences in order to present their work and establish scholarly and publishing networks.
  • Student Scholarships. In order to facilitate staff development and progression, competitively recruited Masters students will be attached to the Early Career Research Fellows.
  • Provision of mentors/co-mentor who will support the successful applicants to build their academic careers and to navigate the university terrain.


The College of Humanities early career scholars award is targeted at academics who are black South Africans, employed on a full time, permanent basis), possess a PhD, received their PhD’s less than 10 years ago and have an emerging and/or sustained track record of publishing.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be black South African citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be born, ideally, after the 1st of January 1977, though consideration will be given to candidates up to age 50.
  • Be employed on a full-time, permanent basis at UKZN.
  • Have received their PhD’s less than 10 years ago.
  • Possess a doctoral degree from any recognised higher education institution awarded after 1 January 2012.
  • Have an emerging and/or sustained track record of publishing.

In selecting applicants, consideration will be given to gender representation, diversity of disciplines, and participation in previous or current research projects.


  • Application deadline: 12 August 2022
  • Selection: by 16 September 2022


Please address any enquiries to:

Prof. Saleem Badat, Research Professor, College of Humanities Email: or

Tel: 078 771 1989


Applications should be sent to Ms. Nokuphiwa Mbhele, Committee Officer, College of Humanities: