The Chair in African Philanthropy and the Wits Business School, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York invite applications for research fellowships which will increase empirical knowledge about African Philanthropy and Social Investment. Research outputs will assist in developing a cadre of scholars and practitioners in these fields, as well as inform teaching and
further research. Two types of fellowships are available for doctoral and masters’ degree students.
The fellowship will support research. Eligibility for this fellowship is for a student already registered in the doctoral programme at an African university. The research should lead to at least one article suitable for publication in accepted academic journal(s). The fellowship is limited to specified research costs as well as travel for necessary periods of residence within and outside South Africa. Applications should include: (i) proof of PhD enrolment; (ii) written approval by the candidate’s supervisor; (iii) a copy of the approved PhD proposal; (iv) detailed specification of the research topic, fellowship assistance required, including its intended results and the journal(s) to which a research article will be submitted and; (v) a compelling motivation.
Applications should be submitted to Mmabatho.Leeuw@wits.ac.za
The fellowship will support research for a Master of Management Research degree at the Wits Business School. Eligibility and the steps involved can be found on the below links:
Application format and Procedure
The potential for publication of the research as an academic article is additionally desirable. The fellowship covers registration, fieldwork (if applicable), travel and residence when required in South Africa.
Applications should be sent to Mmabatho.Leeuw@wits.ac.za
Applications should address one or more of the following topic areas. They are not mutually exclusive. Multidisciplinary research is encouraged, as are qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. For the purpose of this call, the term ‘gifting’ is analogous to philanthropy.
Meso-level: theory, aggregate and/or pan-African comparative perspectives
Composition / typology of philanthropy and/or social investment in Africa.
The anthropology, historiography, ethics and norms of African gifting.
The role of gifting in African politics and governance.
Philanthropy and impact/sustainable investment
Macro level: country perspectives
Country profiles and analysis of philanthropy and/or social investment.
Gender dimensions of African philanthropy and/or social investment.
Philanthropy and social investment as practiced by small and medium enterprises.
Philanthropy in national development: past, present and future
Micro level: transactions and cases
The socio-economic scale, functions and practices of gifting in communities and/or poor households
The functions and effectiveness of Diaspora remittances.
Social investment strategy and decision making in business settings.
The measurement of philanthropy and/or social investment initiatives.
Other potential topics to consider (could fall in one or more of the above levels):
Provision of entrepreneurial training to women- and youth-operated micro-enterprises
Entrepreneurial training of microenterprises owned and operated by the disabled
Financial literacy training, social inclusion and microenterprise sustainability in Africa
Philanthropy and disruptive innovation in in education, and other economic sectors
Supporting the disadvantaged to move from the informal to formal economies
Philanthropy and business development (e.g. philanthropy in incubation and innovation)
Philanthropy and the use of information technology to empower small businesses in Africa
Philanthropy, patient capital, impact investment and social welfare improvement
Closing date for applications for fellowships commencing in 2019 is September 28, 2018