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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Oral History and Community Engagement

18 March 2011 18 March 2011 Tags: No Comment Print This Post Print This Post


A postdoctoral fellowship is still available in the program described below. No deadline is indicated; interested candidates may contact Prof Natasha Erlank:

Oral History and Community Engagement

The Department of Historical Studies at the University of Johannesburg is currently running a three-year funded research project in Sophiatown, Johannesburg. The project is interdisciplinary and spans a number of different fields including history, development studies, sociology, anthropology, human geography, etc. We are exploring, with residents, how practices of civic engagement can facilitate neighbors in building a new practice and content of history; a history through which they can experience the past as and imagine a future which responds better to their needs.

A detailed description of the project is available at: Here

We are currently offering the following scholarships and bursaries for students who would like to be attached to the project:

  • A postdoctoral fellowship: R180 000 p.a for one year, renewable. The applicant for this fellowship should have completed, or be very close to handing in their doctorate.
  • A doctoral bursary to the maximum full-time value of R90 000, renewable for two years. The applicant for this bursary must have an MA.
  • Two MA bursaries to a maximum full-time value of R50 000, renewable for one year. Applicants for these bursaries must have an honours degree.

Candidates s who feel their research interests match those of the project, irrespective of their disciplinary background, are welcome to apply. We are looking for people with experience of any or all of the following (irrespective of their disciplinary background): history, oral history, public history, community engagement, community development, ethnographic fieldwork. The ability to do community-based fieldwork, as well as to work in a team, is essential. We are particularly interested in applicants who are able to speak languages (including Afrikaans) other than English. The postdoctoral fellowship is open to non-South Africans, but other applicants must be permanent residents or South African citizens.

For more information please contact: Prof Natasha Erlank, nerlank@uj.ac.za, 011-5593609

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