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					                           UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN              POSTGRADUATE CENTRE & FUNDING OFFICE

                          THE AW MELLON FOUNDATION CROSS FACULTY (MASTERS AND
                               DOCTORAL DEGREES) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
PURPOSE:
The AW Mellon Foundation and the University of Cape Town has established a Scholarship Programme to support excellent
South African students and students from other countries in Africa who intend to contribute to the development of the
continent by leveraging their educational advantage. Although applicants from other countries in Africa will be considered,
South African students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be given preference. Allocation of awards will be based on
academic merit and financial need.
Only the following fields of study will be considered. Social Justice, Historical Studies, Political Theory and Criminology,
Music, with preference for Ethnomusicology, Environmental and Geographical Studies, Anthropology, Film & Media, Gender
Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, African Languages, Democratic Governance, Constitutionalisation of Private Law,
Constitutional Law, Marine & Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, Organisational Psychology ,Economics, Actuarial
Science, Demography
Determined individuals who intend to contribute to the development of and who intend to address the problems
facing South Africa and the continent of Africa are invited to apply for these Scholarships.

FOR THE A W MELLON (CROSS FACULTY) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME’S TERMS OF
REFERENCE (CONDITIONS OF AWARD) PLEASE REFER TO THE CORRESPONDING DOCUMENT

                                          APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applications are invited from suitable candidates (see PURPOSE above) who intend to commence with full-time
masters or doctoral studies at the University of Cape Town in 2011. Only applicants who will register for the first
year of study and whose intended studies fall into the areas of study shown above will be considered.

Applicants for the Scholarship Programme will be required to:

        Submit a letter of application to the address given below. The letter must provide a summary of the
        applicant’s career plans and intended role in the development of South Africa and the continent of Africa.
        Submit a detailed budget plan for the proposed year of study, including all anticipated income and
        expenditure. This should be accompanied by a Pro-Forma Invoice from the University’s Fees Office.
        Attach curriculum vitae of no longer than TWO A4 pages. Provide proof that he/she has been accepted for
        fulltime study at the University of Cape Town
        Attach certified copies of all academic transcripts
        Provide proof of acceptance for study by the University of Cape Town and the relevant academic
        department. Evidence of such acceptance must be attached to the Application Package.
        Have secured a Supervisor. Evidence of the Supervisor’s commitment to supervise the applicant must be
        attached to the application package
        Provide letters of reference from TWO ACADEMICS who have taught and/or supervised the applicant.
        These references should be attached to the application in sealed envelopes or sent directly to the address
        given below before the closing date
        Submit an approved research proposal summary or abstract for the PhD degree (this document must be no
        longer than 3 A4 pages)

    Successful applicants will be required to undertake to comply with the Conditions of Award which include the
    planning and organising of at least one seminar based on the study being undertaken.

The complete Applications Package, including all of the above requirements, must be submitted to:
The Director; Postgraduate Funding Office; University of Cape Town – Private Bag; Rondebosch 7701.
by no later than 15 September 2010.
Enquiries to pgfunding@uct.ac.za
Telephone: 021 – 650-5065                                                     Fax – 021-650-4352

                Late, incomplete, or inappropriate applications will be disqualified

        The University of Cape Town reserves the right to cancel the award; to disqualify late, incomplete and/or
        inappropriate applications, and/or make no awards at all; and to effect changes to the Conditions of Award.

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                                         CONDITIONS OF AWARD
General:
The Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and on financial need to South African
applicants and applicants from other countries in Africa who intend to register for the first year of Masters or
Doctoral study in the above named areas of study.
Academic Criteria:
Only applicants who achieved the Honours degree with 65% or more and/or the Masters degree with distinction are
eligible to apply.
Tenure: The tenure of the award will be for 1 year, renewable for a maximum of TWO further years in respect of
doctoral students; and 1 year renewable for a maximum of ONE further year in respect of masters applicants. All
renewals will be contingent on satisfactory academic progress and availability of funds. Successful candidates are
expected to complete their degrees within this time frame.
Values: The values of the AW Mellon Scholarships are as follows:
Doctoral: R160,000 per annum (renewable as shown in Tenure above).           The Scholarship is broken down, as
follows:
Tuition and Living Expenses – R120,000
International/Conference Travel – R30,000
Seminar Allowance – R5000
Contribution to the Costs of Research– *R5000
*NOTE 1:   Contribution to the Costs of Research is NOT payable to the student. If awarded (in terms of the
applicable conditions), it will be paid to the research fund of the successful candidate’s Supervisor as a
contribution to the student’s running or travel costs. NOTE 2: Conditions apply to all of the above
allowances.
Masters: R100,000 per annum (renewable as shown in Tenure above).           The Scholarship is broken down as
follows:
Tuition and living expenses – R80,000
International/Conference Travel – R10,000
Seminar Allowance – R5000
Contribution to the Costs of Research– *R5000
*NOTE 1:   Contribution to the Costs of research is NOT payable to the student. (If awarded in terms of the
applicable conditions), it will be paid to the research fund of the successful candidate’s Supervisor as a
contribution to the student’s running or travel costs. NOTE 2: Conditions apply to all of the above
allowances.
Conditions
Successful candidates will be required to:
       Register for full-time study at the University of Cape Town
       Comply with the University’s policies, rules and procedures, including conditions of payment of award, as
       outlined on the UCT Claim Form.
       Enter into and adhere to a bi-lateral agreement with her/his supervisor (this is known as the UCT
       Memorandum of Understanding), outlining the work-plan and time-frame for completion of the degree.
       Complete the degree in the specified 3 year tenure for doctoral students, and 2 year tenure for masters’
       students.
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       Doctoral and 2 year Masters’ students will be required to publish at least one paper during the course of
       the degree.
       Plan and organise a seminar related to her/his field of study and to be held in the Postgraduate Centre of
       the University of Cape Town
       Provide a full report on the seminar
       Provide the required bi-annual reports reflecting academic progress
       Provide regular progress reports, a letter of acknowledgement to the donors, updated biographical and
       contact details for submission to the A W Mellon Foundation
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