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Masters and Doctoral Fellowships in the Environmental Humanities


Applications are invited for two Masters fellowships and one PhD fellowship specialising in the Environmental Humanities programme at UCT, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. The foundation specifically seeks to award these to black South African students. To apply please contact once you have submitted an official UCT application for the degree

Additional doctoral fellowships are advertised by the National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), for South African candidates and also for African candidates from across the continent in partnership with CODESRIA through the African Pathways Programme

Further fellowship opportunities will be advertised here as they become available.

Application process:
To apply for a fellowship, please: 

1) Fill out the UCT application online at

2) Include with your application the following documents:

  • a CV
  • a transcript
  • cover letter describing why you wish to study in this area
  • a 750-1000-word description of a research interest or specific project that links with the Environmental Humanities in the South
  • the names of three referees together with their telephone numbers and email addresses. 

Academic Criteria and Requirements:
Applicants are required to possess an Honours degree or equivalent qualification in the social sciences and creative arts. Candidates with some experience of transdisciplinary study, particularly in law, health, planning and conservation sciences are especially encouraged to apply.   

Of particular interest would be research projects that address environmental conflicts related to the following themes:

  • Race and the making of an environmental public
  • The militarisation of conservation
  • The anthropocene amid the challenges of the decolonising South
  • Nature and democracy 
  • Space, place, land and infrastructure

Online Application:
screenshot of the online application for the M Phil programme is available here.

Please note:

  • The code for the MPhil by coursework and dissertation in Environmental Humanities is HM041AXL09. 

For further information, please contact

Other useful links:
•    A step-by-step guide to the UCT Doctoral application process can be found at
•    Humanities Handbook -
•    Fees -
•    Funding -