SASH Fellows Application

Applications Now Closed

The flagship initiative in the SASH Programme is the “SASH Fellows Programme”. The Fellows Programme provides funding and mentorship for a range of research and teaching activities to support the next generation of scholars working on HIV social sciences. Fellowships last for two years and benefits can include a combination of:

  • Financial support for research costs associated with Masters or PhD study at UCT
  • Bursaries for Masters or PhD study at UCT
  • Individual mentoring in research and professional development
  • Specialized training in social science research methods (including Nvivo training, innovative visual/audio methodologies, mixed methods research, and qualitative evidence synthesis)
  • Access to an ongoing series of research seminars, training workshops, and writing retreats
  • International exchanges with Brown University
  • Teaching training, mentoring and support
  • Individual supervision of the Fellow’s own research project during the fellowship.

We seek applications from postgraduate students seeking to develop a career in HIV social science research in South Africa. In this cycle, we sought Fellows who were either already enrolled in, or were planning to begin a Masters or PhD programme at UCT. Fellows need not necessarily enrol/be enrolled in the DSBS at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine for study, but the link to HIV social science interests should be clear, along with a commitment to inter-disciplinary engagement, in particular with public health and biomedical disciplines. We are especially committed to supporting the development of scholars from diverse social and economic backgrounds.

Applicants should be interested in working on interdisciplinary HIV social science research problems within the scope of our GAP themes:

  1. Gender in HIV/AIDS Risk and Response,
  2. ART Adherence and Expansion, and
  3. HIV Prevention for Women, Youth and Families.

Financial support for Fellows can range from R10 000 to R100 000 per year, depending on the individual plans and needs of successful applicants.


Please submit:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae, that includes:
    1. A current statement of academic record listing name/s of institution/s, dates of study and category of pass, and information on any current degree you are studying towards, including estimated date of graduation (to be accompanied by copies of degree certificates);
    2. Details on financial support for your studies (e.g. scholarships, bursaries) that you already receive or have applied for.
    3. A listing of completed theses, publications, reports, & other accolades or achievements;
    4. Employment history, as applicable;
  • One letter of reference from someone familiar with the your past or current work and intended studies along with the names and contact information for two other referees;
  • A letter of motivation of not more than 3 pages that describes your background, research interests, and short-, medium- and long-term career plans, priorities and aspirations. Your letter should pay special attention to:
  1. Who you are, what your interests are, why you have chosen your particular degree of study, and what you plan on focusing on during your studies (including periods of study and details of coursework and fieldwork (if applicable))
  2. Current or potential project mentors/supervisors/collaborators/supporters from UCT— in the DSBS, the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, as well as other departments—as well as from Brown University. Please consult the relevant department and Division websites for ideas.
  3. A description of your future research and professional goals, including potential research areas of interest (and why) and your longer-term career plans in HIV social science research.

Contact Marion Bloch at for further information.

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