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Call for Funding Applications: Digital African Pathways Programme Teaching and Research Mobility Grant for The Humanities and Social Sciences

The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) is pleased to invite suitably qualified researchers and postgraduate students based in South Africa’s participating public universities to apply for the 2021/22 African Pathways Programme’s Teaching and Research Mobility Grant. The objective of the digital African Pathways Programme Teaching and Research Mobility Initiative is to advance research, teaching and learning in the humanities and social sciences (HSS), with the integration of digital and/or hybrid tools, techniques, and platforms into research methodology. This will foster greater cooperation and dialogue among scholars and postgraduate researchers within the African continent. Funding under this programme will support South African researchers and postgraduate students who undertake research and teaching endeavours at non-South African universities across the African continent.

The Digital African Pathways Programme Mobility Initiative provides support to South African scholars and postgraduate researchers pursuing joint teaching collaborations, establishing teaching programmes, new curriculum development, attending relevant short courses and fostering research networks at non-South African universities across the African continent.

As part of its Digital Humanities approach, the NIHSS strongly encourages APP Mobilities applicants to incorporate the use of digital/hybrid tools, techniques, and platforms in the implementation of their research and teaching endeavours. Such examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Holding online digital teaching exchanges among countries across the continent;
  • Integrating digital tools and techniques into research design;
  • Creating online repositories and/or archives based on the research undertaken; and
  • Disseminating research outputs to wider audiences, using technology, via online workshops, seminars etc.


  • South African citizens based at South African research institutes, think-tanks and public universities in the humanities and social sciences fields are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time postgraduate students must be currently registered for either a Masters or PhD/Doctoral study.
  • Non-South African scholars from the rest of the African continent may be considered for the grant only upon invitation by a South African scholar from any of the participating universities.


  • The grant is awarded for a maximum period of twelve (12) months.


  • Applications will be considered on the basis of scientific and technical merit.
  • Applications should outline the framework for establishing long-term collaborations with Africa-based researchers and institutions of choice.
  • The proposal should promote equality and redress/capacity-building in the case the researcher applies for training of South African postgraduate students (Master’s and Doctoral).
  • Only proposals not exceeding R300 000.00 will be considered.


  1. Application forms can be accessed at: upon registration
  2. A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae/resume.
  3. A proposal detailing the aims, objectives, and intended outcomes, timeframes of the project and itemised budget - maximum of 1000 words.
  4. Work outline: a detailed outline of the proposed activities to operationalise the project, bearing in mind that the Grant is tenable for a maximum of twelve (12) months.
  5. Letter of recommendation from a host African university and the Dean (including the supervisor’s recommendation for post-graduate students) confirming the applicant’s affiliation and capacity to undertake the proposed activity in the event that the Grant is awarded.
  6. All applications will be reviewed.

Enquiries may be directed to Mr Senkhu Maimane at or 011 480 2317.

For technical queries only, please call 011 480 2328

Call for Funding Extension of Submission Deadline:  15 February 2022 at 16:30

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.