Apply for the ACIP Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards 2021 as an African Student and be lucky enough to win up to ZAR 40,000  to carry out your research project.

Application Deadline: May 3 2021


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  • Grants amounts vary depending on research plans, with a maximum award of ZAR 40,000


  • Open to African Postgraduate students (regardless of citizenship) in the humanities and humanistic social sciences
  • Applicants must be currently registered in a PhD programme in a South African University and be working on topics related to ACIP’s focus. Awards will support doctoral research projects focused on topics such as institutions of public culture, particular aspects of museums and exhibitions, forms and practices of public scholarship, culture and communication and the theories, histories and system of thought that shape and illuminate public culture and public scholarship.
  • Applicants must submit a dissertation proposal that has been approved by their institution to confirm the award, this must be completed before they begin ACIP supported on-site research or by December 2021, whichever comes first.

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Application Instructions

To apply for an Ivan Karp Doctoral Award, complete the cover sheet and submit it with:

  • An abstract of the proposed research project ( 250 words maximum)
  • A research proposal no longer than 1800 words, double spaced, with 2.5 cm margins and font no smaller than 11 points. Applications that do no not follow this format will not be considered.
  • A bibliography of up to two additional pages.
  • A project budget listing project expenses to be supported. Your budget should justify both items listed and punts requested (what are the amounts based on?)
  • Your curriculum vitae.
  • Your current academic transcript and proof of registration at your current institution.
  • Two referee letters should be submitted directly to the selection committee by email to acip.uwc@gmail.com. One must be from your supervisor.

Email your application as a single file with material in the above order to acip.uwc@gmail.com.

About the ACIP Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards

The African Critical Inquiry Program (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles of public culture, public cultural institutions and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa. ACIP is committed to collaboration between scholars and the makers of culture and history, and to fostering inquiry into the politics of knowledge production, the relationships between the colonial/apartheid and the postcolonial/postapartheid and the importance of critical pluralism as against nationalist discourse. ACIP is a partnership between the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape and the Laney Graduate School of Emory University.


The African Critical Inquiry Program has two main components:

  • An annual ACIP Workshop in South Africa provides interdisciplinary, cross-institutional contexts for those working in and on institutions of public culture in Africa to address central issues and to develop comparative, critical frameworks that yield fresh insights, innovative and informed practice, and lively interchange.
  • The Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards foster work by the next generation of scholar-practitioners. The awards are open to African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled at South African universities and conducting dissertation research on relevant topics.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for application is May 3 2021.

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