CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: ALL AFRICA HOUSE FELLOWSHIPS FOR THE PERIOD 1 SEPTEMBER – 1 DECEMBER 2010 UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
Deadline for Submission of Applications: Monday 5 July 2010 INTRODUCTION
All Africa House is offering two fellowships to two young or mid-career Africa-based academics with a good academic record to come to the University of Cape Town (UCT) to develop their teaching materials or write up completed research for publication. The fellowships are tenable for 3 months, and the successful applicant(s) will be required to take up the fellowships from 1 September to 1 December 2010.
The Fellows will be hosted by All Africa House, in collaboration with senior academic members of staff in the different faculties of the University. BACKGROUND All Africa House (AAH) is an academic visitors’ residence at the University of Cape Town. It is designed to provide self-catering, short-term accommodation in a scholarly environment.
The intellectual life of AAH includes public and post graduate seminars. Public seminars are on topical issues of general interest to the University and neighbouring communities. These often, but not exclusively, focus on African issues, and they are intended to create an environment which promotes general intellectual debate across disciplines. The post-graduate seminars are intended for postgraduate students (Masters/MPhil/PhD) across the University, as well as for graduates contemplating to undertake postgraduate studies at UCT.
Their objectives are:
to promote and enhance writing and communication skills in postgraduate research through expert facilitated seminars/workshops;
to share research experiences from interdisciplinary academic fields;
to provide a forum for social interaction, networking and moral support and to share knowledge of what other researchers are doing.
The All Africa Fellowship programme seeks to give concrete affirmation to the University's Afropolitan vision. The fellowships are to attract young or mid-career academics  with good academic background from Universities in Africa outside South Africa to spend three months at All Africa House, developing their teaching materials or writing up completed research for publication.
The main aim of the fellowships is to build capacity for research and teaching in universities on the African continent. The fellowships seek to address three of the many challenges facing scholars in many African universities: the serious problem of resources and capacity to develop courses and teaching materials, especially among young and upcoming teachers;
the lack of opportunities to write and publish due to poor library resources, facilities, and heavy teaching responsibilities; and the need for mentorship of young teachers by senior colleagues.
FUNDING AND OBJECTIVES
The fellowship programme is currently funded by the University of Cape Town. The objectives of the programme are:
(a) To contribute to the intellectual and broad social development of young academics on the continent.
(b) To promote research and capacity building in universities on the continent. (
c) To provide the Fellow with an opportunity to write and publish, and to benefit from the intellectual dynamism of UCT’s various Faculties, as well as from the University’s relatively extensive library resources.
(d) To provide young or mid-career academics with the opportunity to develop teaching materials under the eye of a senior academic at UCT.
(e) To present the Fellow with a forum to engage with the UCT intellectual community about his or her work through presentations of seminars in the AAH seminar series and/or in his or her host Faculty.
(f) To provide the Fellow the opportunities for academic interaction and networking with both national and international visiting scholars who are from time to resident in AAH.
(g) To expose UCT academics to their counterparts from other parts of Africa with a view to learning more about their educational systems and the conditions under which they work.
The fellowships have been established for two specific purposes:
(a) To develop courses and teaching materials and/or
(b) To write-up completed research for publication.
The fellowship will cover the following expenses:
* Single self-catering accommodation in All Africa House (no provision for a family member). Breakfast will be provided in the All Africa Dining Room.
* Medical insurance cover for international visitors.
* Subsistence of R260 per day.
* Return airfare.
* Small grant towards local travel, printing, photocopying, and freight upon departure from UCT to the home country at the end of the fellowship.
Only applications submitted by the following academics at an African University outside of South Africa will be considered: (
a) A young to mid career teacher in the employment of the home University institution who has less than 5 years of experience as a university teacher, with a good academic record and a minimum qualification of a Master degree.
(b) A national of the country of the home University.
(a) The applicant’s Head of Department, Dean and Head of Institution (Principal/Vice-Chancellor)of applicant’s university must confirm in writing:
(i) the employment of the applicant as academic staff member in the university;
(ii) support for the applicant’s participation in the fellowship programme in the period for which the fellowship is advertised, or such other period as indicated by UCT;
(iii) that the applicant’s teaching and research fall within one of the fields of listed potential UCT hosts; and
(iv) that the applicant, if awarded the fellowship, will return to his/her employment at the home institution at the end of the fellowship.
(b) If successful, the fellow must live in All Africa House for the entire duration of the fellowship.
The award of the fellowships will be made according to the following procedure. The applicant must submit:
(a) A full curriculum vitae.
(b) An indication of the purpose of the fellowship applied for (i.e. developing teaching materials and/or writing up completed research for publication.
(c) An indication of the main area of teaching, which must correspond with one of the areas of the listed potential UCT hosts, e.g. social anthropology, political science, labour law.
(d) A written motivation (not exceeding 500 words) why he/she should be awarded the fellowship, and a statement of what he/shewill take back to his/her home institution from the fellowship, and how this will be used to increase capacity at the home institution.
(e) If the application for the fellowship is to complete a piece of writing, you must submit a statement of the gist of this work (not exceeding 300 words).
(f) A signed letter in terms of paragraph (a) under the selection criteria above.
(g) An written indication (not exceeding 200 words) of the number of previous overseas trips and the nature of academic work undertaken during those trips.
(h) A signed consent to reside in All Africa House for the entire duration of the fellowship.
(i) A signed consent to indicate his/her affiliation to UCT as an All Africa House Fellow in any publication arising out of his/her fellowship under this programme.
(j) Two signed reports of referees one of whom must be an academic in your institution.
The Fellows will be required to:
(a) present a seminar on any aspect of their work in the current All Africa seminar series (i.e. public seminar or postgraduate seminar);
(b) interact with the Warden of All Africa House who will help to facilitate the Fellow’s networking with visiting scholars in the House; and
(c) submit a written report of their stay and academic activities (including networking) and a written evaluation of the programme to the Warden of All Africa House or her designate one week before the end of their Fellowship and departure from UCT.
The fellowships are offered in collaboration with interested faculties in the University. The programme envisages the role of the faculties to be twofold:
(a) Hosting the Fellows for the purposes of their academic work The Fellows will be hosted in a given faculty by senior colleagues who have indicated their willingness to act as hosts. At the time of advertising the fellowships, a list of these academics will be sent to potential applicants in order to enable them to identify the areas of teaching and research in which the fellowships are being offered in the period for which the application is made (see selection criteria Para (a)(iii)).
The senior academic’s role as host to a fellow entails enhancing his or her work while at UCT by providing him/her with guidance (tips) in writing and publication or the development of course materials, as the case may be. This is not expected to be an onerous supervisory role, but rather a collegial mentoring role. (b) Participation in the selection of the Fellows Colleagues on the potential host list will be called upon to assist the selection committee to select the fellows whenever there are applicants in their field of work. Faculties in whose areas of work the applicants fall in a given year will be invited to nominate a representative to sit on the selection committee should the potential host/hosts in the faculty(ies) concerned not be available.
COMMITMENT OF HOME INSTITUTIONS
The commitment of the Fellow’s home institution is critical to the success of the fellowship programme. The fellowships are established for academics at African universities outside South Africa. These institutions will be invited to participate and commit to the programme with regard both to the selection of the fellow (see Para (a) of the selection criteria) and upon the return of the fellow to that institution at the end of the fellowship.
ASSESSMENT OF APPLICATIONS
The awards will be made on academic merit by a selection committee, which will have discretion to consider other relevant factors. The decision of the selection committee regarding the selection will be final.
Completed applications must be submitted in soft copy format as a separate attachment via email to
cally.DeWaal@uct.ac.za or firstname.lastname@example.org
Only in the event of mailing failure to this address for whatever reason must the application be submitted to
Where a signature is required the document concerned must be signed and scanned with the signature page. The successful applicant must present the orginal copies of these (signed) documents to the Warden of All Africa House upon taking up residence at the House. The application must be submitted on or before the deadline date (5 July 2010). 11] This means a scholar who has less than 5 years of experience as a university teacher with excellent academic record and a minimum of Master degree or its equivalent.