Colin Murray Award for Postdoctoral Research in Southern Africa

Colin Murray Award for Postdoctoral Research in Southern Africa

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) is advertising the new round of its Colin Murray postdoctoral research award.

The Board welcomes applications from post-doctoral researchers for up to £2,500 to support original ‘engaged field research’ on a topic relevant to the diverse interests and work of the late Colin Murray. For an overview of his work please follow this link Eligible applicants must be within two years from the award of their PhD. The research should be conducted within, and have potential benefit to Southern African studies (defined as the region covered by JSAS – see the Journal cover or website for details).

It is expected that applications will be made for such expenses as travel costs, or for access to necessary resources, but all requests that can demonstrate a benefit to Southern African scholarship will be considered. Applications for any amount below the ceiling are equally welcome.

Applications must be received by midnight on 11 May 2018 (UK time) by Dr George Karekwaivanane (

The decision to award funding will be made at the discretion of the Award committee of JSAS. Successful applicants will be informed before 30 June 2018. The award can be held for a period of up to two years, but no additional funds will be available. Forty per cent of the sum awarded will be payable initially to cover essential expenses, and receipts will be required once the money has been spent. The balance will become payable on production of receipts after the costs are incurred. Payment will be made in the form of a cheque drawn in pounds sterling (GBP) or electronic bank transfer.

Reporting and Publications: The Award holder must provide a) a 1-page description of the use of the funds, and b) a 1-page outline of the preliminary findings after a year has expired.  In the event that the approved project duration is longer than one year, the final financial and research reports must be submitted by the end of the second year at the latest.  The Award holder will be expected to submit a paper based on their findings to JSAS. This is not a guarantee of publication; all submissions will be refereed through the Journal’s normal process. All publications and other outputs arising from the award must acknowledge the financial assistance from the JSAS Colin Murray Award.

JSAS reserves the right to make no award if it is felt that no suitable application has been received. An unsuccessful application in a given year does not preclude future applications. However, successful applicants are not eligible to apply again.

  1. Name of applicant
  1. Institutional Affiliation (if appropriate)


  1. Contact details (including email and postal address)






  1. Title of proposal (max 85 characters including spaces)




  1. Relevance to the interests and research of the late Colin Murray (max 100 words)






  1. Details of research assistance required Please give details of what activity the funding is requested for, and explain how you feel it will benefit Southern African studies scholarship. Please do not exceed 500 words in this section.

  1. Funding details Please confirm the amount of money requested, and precisely what for. JSAS recognises that these figures may be subject to revision (e.g. travel costs) and will match the amounts given on receipts, though in no circumstances exceeding £2500 in total. Any subsequent changes to this information must be approved by the JSAS funding committee before payment is made.















  1. Statement
I confirm the information included in the form is correct and that to the best of my knowledge no relevant information has been withheld. I understand the terms of award as detailed above and, if this application is successful, agree to abide by them.


Signed                                                      Date

(if this form is being returned by email, a typed signature is acceptable, though successful applicants will be required to sign a further statement agreeing to the above before any award can be confirmed)

Please return completed applications, along with short CVs (maximum of two A4 pages in 12pt) to Dr George Karekwaivanane (  by midnight on 11 May 2018 British Summer Time.

Personal information will be held and used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. JSAS will not disclose such information to any unauthorised person or body but we reserve the right to publish details of award winners’ names and projects on our website and promotional materials.

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