Welcome to SASH, the South African Social Science and HIV Programme, a joint project of the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa and Brown University in Providence, USA. SASH was established in 2013, with a five-year grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The overall aim of SASH is to promote integration of the social sciences into teaching, mentoring and research around HIV/AIDS at UCT’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine.
The flagship programme in this partnership is the South African Social Science and HIV Fellowship Programme (or the SASH Fellows Programme). This programme provides funding for a range of teaching and mentored research activities to support development of the next generation of scholars working on HIV social sciences. Fellowships last for two years (part-time) and programme activities may include a combination of:
- Teaching training and support
- Individual mentoring in research and professional development
- Research seminars and workshop retreats
- International exchanges with Brown University
- Training in research methods (in particular qualitative data management and analysis, including use of NVivo)
- Supervision as well as financial support for the fellow’s own research project during the fellowship.