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The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) collaborates with the South
African Humanities Dean Association (SAHUDA) and/or the Council for the Development of Social
Sciences Research in Africa (CODESRIA), to issue a Call/s for funding doctoral students within the
social sciences and humanities fields.
The Call is followed by an online review process through which suitable candidates are selected.
Awarded doctoral candidates are renewed annually based on progress made and the availability
of funds for three years. The Institute has funded more than 700 doctoral candidates in the field
of humanities and social sciences.
To date, the Institute prides itself on the 520 PhD graduates it has produced since its inception.

Doctoral Schools: Project Leader(s) Identified

Western Cape School

  1. Cape Peninsula University of Technology,
  2. Stellenbosch University,
  3. University of Cape Town,
  4. University of Western Cape

Eastern Cape School

  1. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University,
  2. Rhodes University,
  3. University of Fort Hare,
  4. Walter Sisulu University

Kwazulu-Natal School

  1. Durban University of Technology,
  2. University of KwaZulu-Natal,
  3. University of Zululand

Gauteng School

  1. Tshwane University of Technology,
  2. University of Johannesburg, 
  3. University of Pretoria,
  4. Vaal University of Technology,
  5. University of the Witwatersrand

Free State School and  University of South Africa School

  1. Central University of Technology,
  2. University of Free State (University of the Northern Cape once established),
  3. Sol Plaatje University
  4. University of South Africa
  5. North West University,

Northern Corridor School

  1. University of Limpopo,
  2. University of Venda