PARI-Nedbank Masters Scholarship Opportunity

By on November 12, 2013

Masters Scholarship Application Form PARI-Nedbank Scholarships

About the scholarships

The PARI-Nedbank Scholarships are intended to support Masters and PhD students interesting in undertaking research on the South African state. This work can include historical work on government departments or administrations, economic research which explores state institutions – the incentives driving behaviour within the state, sociological research on public organisations and people working within the state and so on. Scholarships are generally not awarded to students interested in undertaking ‘policy research’ unless this research involves primary research and analytical work which adds to our understanding of the nature of the state and how the state functions. .

PARI is interested in a range of topics within this framework. These include, but are not limited to:

  • An examination of South Africa’s transition, with a focus on the integration of the Bantustans into South Africa and continuities and changes from Bantustan and Provincial Administration – pre and post 1994.
  • The relationship between traditional authorities and the structure of local government.
  • Research on understanding the nature and performance of South African parastatals.
  • Ethnographic work which explores aspects of the organisational life of a government department.
  • Research which explores the Human Resource function in government, and how human resources have been organised, recruited and deployed within government departments and agencies.

PARI encourages postgraduate students interested in undertaking primary research to apply (qualitative or quantitative). Preference will be given to students registered for, or planning on registering for, research degrees, rather than degrees by coursework.

Successful applicants will be supervised by committee, including academics in the relevant teaching department and in PARI. They will have an organisational base at the Institute, where they will be included as PARI Research Fellows. Students will be part of, and expected to contribute to, an academic community at the Institute. This will include participation in academic and research seminars at the Institute, as well as the possibility of inclusion on relevant PARI research projects (dependent, for example, on students research focus).

Scholarships are available for research Masters in 2014, for registration at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The value of the Masters scholarship is R80 000 per annum. Eligibility

Applications are welcome from students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including, for example, economics, politics, history, anthropology, and sociology, as well as law.

The scholarships are only available for study at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Applicants should be South African citizens.

Masters applicants should have an Honours (or equivalent degree) with a minimum of a 70% pass. Applicants who did not achieve a 70% pass will be considered if they are able to provide a motivation in support of their application from the Head of Department in which they completed their last degree.

Students who have already been awarded funding (bursary or scholarship) for the 2013 academic year of R35 000 or more should NOT apply for the PARI-Nedbank Masters scholarship.

How to apply

MASTERS applicants must complete the Masters application form (Download here) and provide the following in support of their application:

  • a short cover letter
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • original academic transcript/s (or certified copies) of the applicant’s Honours degree (or
  • equivalent) as well as undergraduate degree
  • the applicant’s Honours research report or a long essay written as part of the applicant’s
  • last degree
  • the names and contact details of two referees, one of which must be an academic
  • referee from a department in which the applicant obtained a degree (see Referees section in the application form below).

The application form MUST be signed. Applicants wishing to email their application should therefore print, sign and scan their completed application form.

Applications should be emailed to Mpho Mohapi at or posted to: Mpho Mohapi, 26 Rhodes Avenue Parktown West Johannesburg, 2193

Applications should reach PARI by the 13th of December 2013.
Enquiries about the scholarships or the application process can be directed to Sarah Meny-Gibert at: Award of scholarships

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel of academics from PARI, and the Schools of Social Sciences, Economic and Business Sciences, and Law.

Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account academic merit and the resonance of the applicant’s academic or research interests with PARI’s research themes and approach, as well as the specific focus area of the scholarships. More information about PARI’s research focus and approach can be found at

Successful applicants will be awarded the relevant scholarships on condition that:

  • they are accepted by the University of the Witwatersrand for postgraduate study
  • they are registered for full time study.

NOTE: Should students who are awarded a PARI-Nedbank Scholarship not complete their degree, the scholarship awarded will be treated as a loan: students will be expected to pay back the value of the scholarship over a reasonable period as stipulated by PARI.


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