Hobart Houghton Fellowship at Rhodes University for South Africans

The Hobart Houghton Research Fellowship, named after Professor Desmond Hobart Houghton, is intended to promote work relevant to the economic problems of the Eastern Cape, and which could contribute to the development of the region.

Professor Desmond Hobart Houghton, who taught Economics at Rhodes and was director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University until 1973, made significant contributions to thinking about the economic problems of South Africa as a whole, but his particular concern, and the major focus of his research, was the problem of poverty and economic development in the Eastern Cape region.

Funding for the establishment of the Fellowship has been provided by Hobart Houghton’s former students and associates and by the Liberty Life Educational Foundation.

Participating InstitutionsDepartment of Economics and Economic History, Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Rhodes University, Grahamstown; South Africa

Fields of studyAny course with a “relevance to the Eastern Cape”.

Number of awardsNot specified

Sponsorship durationThe term of the Fellowship is flexible and renewable, and will be decided upon in conjunction with the circumstances of the successful applicant and the nature of the research and progress made.

In the past, the Fellowship has typically been awarded for one year. The current preference in the Department of Economics is to invite applicants for the Fellowship for shorter periods; for example four to six months during the second semester of the academic year.

Scholarship benefitsThe amount of the award will be determined on an annual basis. The typical package includes:
•    Return direct economy class airfare from the Fellow’s place of residence.
•    University accommodation with electricity and water included.
•    R5000.00 monthly cash stipend to supplement the Fellow’s usual source of income, or if you are accompanied by a partner R7500.00 per month cash stipend.
•    If the Fellow accepts the appointment for at least four months and is accompanied by a partner, the partner’s return airfare will also be paid.
Limited funds will be available for travel and other research expenses.

EligibilityProspective Fellows should have had research experience, and hold at least a Masters degree in Economics or Agricultural Economics. They should have a sound knowledge of economic analysis and be capable of independent, innovative work. Candidates may either be established scholars (possibly on sabbatical leave) or young, promising economists.

Eligible groupsCitizens of South Africa

Method of ApplicationApplications which should include a full statement of research interest, should be submitted by 30 September 2013 to Professor Hugo Nel, Department of Economics and Economic History (tel: +27 (0) 46 603 8301, fax: +27 (0) 46 6225210, e-mail: h.nel@ru.ac.za).

DEADLINES:Applications should be submitted by 30 September 2013

PLEASE NOTE:The Fellow will be expected to reside in Grahamstown, and will be an honorary member of staff of the University for the duration of the Fellowship. At the conclusion of the Fellowship, the Fellow will be required to present a full report on the work undertaken. Rhodes University may reverse the right to publish any work accomplished during the Fellowship. If the Fellow publishes, there must be suitable acknowledgment of both the Fellowship and Rhodes University in any publications.

The criterion of “relevance to the Eastern Cape” is to be interpreted broadly. It may in some cases involve fieldwork within the Province, as for instance in a study of rural households or unemployment. In other cases, for example industrialisation in the region, the key to understanding might lie largely in developments at national and international levels.

In all cases the aim of the fellowship is to support fundamental research, yielding results which are of more than local or regional interest. The basic requirement is that the research deals with significant issues which are directly or indirectly relevant to the Eastern Cape.

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