Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Turning the Tide Masters Scholarship

Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Submission Deadline

27 October 2023

Field(s) of Study


Award Amount

R170 000 total for two years


The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is one of ten faculties at Stellenbosch University, which offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Arts (Drama; Music and Visual Arts), Languages (African Languages; Afrikaans and Dutch; Ancient Studies; English; General Linguistics and Modern Foreign Languages), and Social Sciences (Geography and Environmental Studies; History; Information Science; Journalism; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Social Work; and Sociology and Social Anthropology). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was formed in 1969 when 2 foundations, namely the Avalon Foundation and the Old Dominion Foundation, consolidated. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation and is the biggest supporter of the arts and humanities in the USA. The Foundation awards grants and funding in 4 main program areas: Higher Learning; Arts and Culture; Public Knowledge; and Humanities in Place. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Stellenbosch University is pleased to announce, in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a limited number of full-time scholarships for Master’s (100% research). Scholarships are available in all the disciplines that form part of our Faculty but this particular scholarship funding is available only for a research topic that falls within one of the following areas: • African Cultural Studies • The Anthropocene and Ecocriticism • Identity, Gender and/or Queer Studies

Other Criteria

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA • Applicants should have obtained a minimum of 75% for their previous degree. • Applicants are expected to provide a sample of their writing with their application: • Honours research essay for MA applicants. • Any published academic articles related to your application • At the date of application, applicants must not be older than 30 to apply for a Master’s scholarship • Applicants must apply to study at Stellenbosch University in addition to this scholarship application. • Applicants are not required to be registered or to have a supervisor. They should, however, inform themselves regarding the availability of suitable supervisors in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in their particular field of research, before submitting an application. RECOMMENDATIONS • An existing record of publications; • Awards or grants received; • Relevant professional experience; • The ability to use any language(s) in addition to English for academic purposes. APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS • Official application form • A motivation letter (not longer than 600 words); • A preliminary research proposal, no longer than 500 words, underlining the unique contribution your research will make to the existing body of knowledge in the particular field of study, the problem statement, the methodology / theoretical framework / philosophical underpinnings you intend to use and the feasibility of your study; • A certified copy of your full academic transcript; • A certified copy of your Honours degree certificate – or foreign equivalent (if you have completed the qualification but have not yet obtained the certificate, official proof from the institution concerned that the degree will be delivered); • A certified copy of your South African ID or passport (for international students).

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More Award Details

Number of Awards6
Host InstitutionStellenbosch University
IncludesIn addition to study fees and an allowance, the Masters scholarship may also include research activities together with your supervisor, such as: a writing retreat, conference attendance and publication costs to the value of R21 394, based on application made for these funds during study period.
Nationality RequiredUnrestricted
Host CountriesSouth Africa
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