Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards for African Doctoral Students 2022

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Applications are open for the African Critical Inquiry Programme (ACIP) Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards 2022. This opportunity aims to support African doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled at South African universities and conducting dissertation research on relevant topics.

See details on how to apply below.

About The African Critical Inquiry Program

The African Critical Inquiry Program (ACIP) seeks to advance inquiry and debate about the roles and practice of public culture, public cultural institutions, and public scholarship in shaping identities and society in Africa.

The ACIP is committed to collaboration between scholars and the makers of culture/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.  

Level/Field of Study

This program is for students who ants to pursue a Doctoral research program.  

Eligible Nationality

Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards id opened for all African countries students.

Eligibility for African doctoral research program:

  • The Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards are open to African postgraduate students (regardless of citizenship) in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
  • Applicants must be currently registered in a Ph.D. program 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 systems 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, whichever comes first.

Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards Application Process:

  • Awards are open to proposals working with a range of methodologies in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, including research in archives and collections, fieldwork, interviews, surveys, and quantitative data collection.
  • Applicants are expected to write in clear, intelligible prose for a selection committee that is multi-disciplinary and cross-regional. Proposals should show thorough knowledge of the major concepts, theories, and methods in the applicant’s discipline and in other related fields and include a bibliography relevant to the research. Applicants should specify why an extended period of on-site research is essential to successfully complete the proposed doctoral dissertation.
  • Guidance and advice on how to write a good proposal and budget can be found in the Resources section of the ACIP website ( http://www.gs.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html) or here: http://www.ssrc.org/publications/view/the-art-of-writing-proposals/.

To apply, eligible applicants should submit the following as a single file attachment with documents in the order listed:

  • completed cover sheet (form below and online athttp://www.gs.emory.edu/about/special/acip.html)
  • abstract of the proposed research project (250 words maximum)
  • research proposal outlining the project’s goals, central questions, significance, and relevance for ACIP’s central concerns. Proposals should include a clearly formulated, realistic research design, and plan of work responsive to the project’s theoretical and methodological concerns. Applicants should provide evidence of appropriate training to undertake the proposed research, including the language fluency necessary for the project. Proposals should be no longer than 5 pages; they should be double spaced, with one-inch margins and a font no smaller than 11 points.
  • Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered.
  • bibliography of up to two additional pages
  • project budget listing and justifying project expenses to be supported by the award your curriculum vitae
  • current transcript
  • two referee letters; one of these must be from your supervisor. Your referees should comment specifically on your proposed project, its quality and significance, and your qualifications for undertaking it. They might also evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your project and how you and your work would benefit from receiving the research award. Referee letters should be submitted directly to the selection committee.

ACIP doctoral research program 2022 Deadline

  • Applications and referees’ letters must be received on or before 3 May 2022. Incomplete applications and applications that do not conform to format guidelines will not be considered.
  • Please submit materials as a single file attachment with documents in the order listed above. Applications should be sent by email with the heading “ACIP 2022 Research Award Application” to [email protected]

The deadline for both workshop applications and student applications closed on 3 May 2022.   Visit the Official Webpage of the African Critical Inquiry Programme 2018 Ivan Karp Doctoral Research Awards.


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