The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York has awarded UKZN’s College of Humanities R9.8 million for a five-year Early Career Scholars Programme.
An expansion of the inclusive professoriate programme, the five-year grant is intended to support UKZN Humanities early career scholars by providing them with the opportunities to conduct research, supervise postgraduate students, undertake post-doctoral studies, attend conferences, and enhance their research, writing and supervision expertise as part of developing their academic careers.
In the Mellon award, early career scholars are defined as academics who are tenured (ie employed on a full time, permanent basis), possess a PhD, received their doctorates less than 10 years ago and have an emerging and/or sustained track record of publishing.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities, Professor Nhlanhla Mkhize, said: ‘I am in the process of establishing a committee I will chair, and I will also direct and maintain oversight of the Early Career Scholars Programme. In due course, a call will be made for applications for the available Early Career Academic Staff Research Fellowships. I extend my sincere appreciation to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its welcome support for the UKZN Humanities Early Career Scholars Programme.’
The Mellon award provides funding for the following:
Qualifying staff members should be on the lookout for an advertised announcement within the next two weeks.