Call for Application from Students for Masters and Doctoral research Scholarship for 2017

ASRI NPC, a pluralist domestic public policy research institute, is considering applications from academically excellent students who are interested in applying for Masters/Doctoral scholarship for the year 2017.

ASRI Policy Themes
ASRI recognises that following a multidisciplinary approach will bring together various diverge knowledge on South African public policy. The following public policy themes will be key areas for research projects
• Nation Building
• Education
• Health
• Crime and Justice
• Economic Development and Job creation
• Governance

Minimum Eligibility Criteria
1. Already registered at a South African public institution
2. South African citizens, permanent residents, or non-permanent residents but currently studying in South Africa and working on themes dealing with South Africa


Priority will be given to the above mentioned themes or any combination of themes. Application from candidates intending to pursue Masters, Doctoral studies in the following specific areas (linked to the themes outlined above) will be considered:
• Social Sciences
• Human Movement Sciences
• Sports Sciences
• Law
• Economics
• Earth and Life Sciences
• Sciences
• Medicine
• Theology

Closing date for application is the 31 August 2016

ASRI Research Fellow Application Guidelines

Eligibility for Masters or Doctoral Research Funding

Minimum Consideration
1. Already registered at a South African public institution
2. South African citizens, permanent residents, or non-permanent residents but currently studying in South Africa and working on themes dealing with South Africa

Academic Performance and Research
ASRI will consider the applicants’ academic performance and the relevance of the candidate’s research to ASRI’s interest and goals (see the ASRI Public Policy Themes listed supra for an overview of the themes).

Application Procedure
• Applications are to be completed online on the ASRI website.
• Applications will thereafter be reviewed by the ASRI panellists.
• Once the panel review process is completed, applicants will be short-listed.
• Once the short-list process is completed, ASRI will then contact short-listed applicants for interviews.
• Once interviews are finalised, successful applicants who have been chosen for the scholarship will be contacted by ASRI stuff.

Scholarship Amounts
Masters: R50 000 per annum towards research cost. R10 000 per annum towards travel costs
Doctoral: R120 000 per annum towards research cost. R20 000per annum towards travel costs

Funding Criteria
In selecting applicants for funding, the following general criteria will apply:
• Applicants may not concurrently hold funding from another grant/scholarship for his/her research, which he/she is applying for;
• Priority will be given to post-graduate students who intend to pursue their studies on a full time basis; and
• Masters Fellows
o If the applicant is in full-time employment, the scholarship will be provided once the scholar has provided proof of being granted a sabbatical or flexibility of working hours by the employing institution.
o If the applicant is in part-time employment or any flexible work schedule, the candidate will have to certify that their work schedule will allow them to fulfil their academic schedule for the scholarship to be provided.
• Doctoral Fellows
o If the applicant is in full-time employment, the scholarship will be provided once the scholar has provided proof of being granted a sabbatical or flexibility of working hours by the employing institution.
o If the applicant is in part-time employment or any flexible work schedule, the candidate will have to certify that their work schedule will allow them to fulfil their academic schedule for the scholarship to be provided.
The financial administration of the scholarship will be performed through ASRI’s grant management fund, and the scholarship will be paid to into the institution where the successful candidate will be registered.

Terms and Conditions of Research Grant
Successful applicants will be required to sign conditions of grant with ASRI.

1. Policy Publications

Compilation and presentation of 2 policy position (brief) papers which will be published on the ASRI Public Policy Short Paper booklet.
o One paper must be related to the scholar’s main topic
o Another paper may or might be related to anyone of ASRI’s themes

2. Round Table Discussions
Represent ASRI as a guest in at least one round table discussion related to ASRI’s themes organised by ASRI, government or anyone of ASRI’s partners

3. Progress Report
• Masters Fellows: ASRI will require quarterly progress reports, from the candidates and their respective supervisors in the following format:
o Research topic and acceptance
o Methodology
o Acceptance of methodology and ethical clearance (if any is required)
o Data collection and analysis
o Final write-up
• Doctoral Fellows: ASRI will require bi-annual progress reports, from the candidates and their respective supervisors in the following format:
o Research topic and acceptance of methodology and ethical clearance (if any is required)
o Data collection and analysis