NIHSS Award Overview

The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ (NIHSS) 2nd Annual Book, Creative Collection, and Digital Contribution Awards are open to all academics, curators and artists who are based at participating South African universities working to advance the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). A key aim of the annual Awards is to give special recognition and celebrate outstanding, innovative and socially responsive works by those members of the HSS community who are undertaking the necessary labour of creating post – apartheid and post – colonial forms of scholarship, creative and digital humanities productions. The awards provide an opportunity to cast a deserving limelight to those intellectual-creative workers whose contributions often goes unnoticed both in the academy and society at large. These include the authors, playwrights, poets, artists, curators and publishers who ensure that we can enjoy these final products.

Finally, the (NIHSS) 2nd Annual Book, Creative Collection, and Digital Contribution Awards breathes life to the ideas expressed in the Humanities Charter to increase the recognition afforded to book and creative outputs; reposition these scholarly contributions as having public-value; and increase their appreciation and the role they play in building sustainable social cohesion and the re-imagining of the HSS. Click here for more information on the 2016 awards

Current Opened Call


How to Submit Your application

All submission are done online. To submit your application please go to, fill in all the required information as per guideline below. Also dont forget to send your Hardcopies to the physical address below:

"National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS)
2nd Floor, 24 Saint Andrews Road

All queries can be directed to or 011 480 2300/27

Guideline for Submission

Please download the Awards Guideline document below: