31 October 2022


Opportunity Description

The French Section of the School of Languages and Literatures (SLL) of the University of Cape Town (UCT), within the framework of the VC 2030 Future Leaders Programme, invites applications from South African and African nationals for scholarships in the field of contemporary Francophone literatures about the Global South (Africa, Indian Ocean, Caribbean…) and the postcolonial North.

In this second 2022 call, 2 Master’s scholarship and 1 Doctoral scholarship are available, as from January 2023. Research proposals should be related to the following broad fields/topics within Francophone literatures:

  • Post/Decolonial cultural identities
  • Migration and/or Diaspora
  • Intersectionality
  • ‘Afropolitanism’, ‘Afrotopia’
  • Creolisation and/or Hybridity
  • Postcolonial spatial identities (‘contact zones’, islands, urban spaces, ‘ecotones’)
  • Post/Decolonial memory
  • Intertextuality
  • Post/Decolonial graphic literatures (bande dessinée)
  • (Text-image) Intermediality
  • Comparative approaches (within the Francophone world) are particularly welcome.


  • Qualifications: An Honours (or equivalent: e.g. Master 1, Maîtrise with a research essay) degree (for the Master’s) or a Master’s degree (for the PhD) in French/Francophone literature or a related field
  • High proficiency in spoken and written French (equivalent to C1-C2 levels of the CEFR)
  • English language skills (UCT is an English-speaking environment)
  • Residence in / relocation to Cape Town for the major part of the studies

NB: Only applicants who were awarded the relevant degree no earlier than 2019 are eligible.


  • Scholarship of 65 000 ZAR for one year (Masters)
  • Scholarship of 100 000 ZAR for one year (PhD)
  • Contribution to research cost (e.g. book purchases, workshop participation), at the discretion of the supervisor
  • Remunerated teaching/tutoring opportunities in the French section of SLL
  • Possibly: remunerated research assistant opportunities

NB 1: Upon successful advancement of the research, students holding a Master’s scholarship may apply for additional (partial) financial support during a subsequent call in order to finalise their research. A maximum of three years of funding may be envisaged for the doctoral degree.

NB 2: Scholarships do not exempt from paying student fees at UCT. → www.uct.ac.za/postgraduate-hub

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following documents (in French):

  • Motivation letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcripts
  • Research proposal: Master’s (1-3 pages); PhD (3-5 pages)
  • Academic reference letters: minimum of 1 (for MA candidates); minimum of 2 (for PhD candidates)
  • Summary of Honours/Master 1 research essay (for MA candidates) and Master’s dissertation (for PhD candidates). NB. The full dissertation will be requested at a later stage of the process.

Applications should be sent in one single pdf document to markus.arnold@uct.ac.za by the 31st of October 2022. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. Successful candidates will be shortlisted and given a date for an online interview. Interviews are planned to take place between the 10th and the 15th of November 2022Enrolment at UCT/Scholarships will start as soon as possible in 2023.