ARTS OF AFRICA AND GLOBAL SOUTHS Research Programme
Fine Art Department, Rhodes University
Makhanda, Eastern Cape, South Africa
ARTS OF AFRICA AND GLOBAL SOUTHS comprises the NRF/DST SARChI Chair programme in “Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa” and the “Publishing and Research of the South: Positioning Africa” (PROSPA) research programme funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
NRF SARChI Chair, Professor Ruth Simbao, invites suitable candidates to apply for postgraduate bursaries for PhD, Masters and Honours studies in Art History/Art History and Visual Culture/Visual Studies. Fine Art Practice or Curating are options at a Masters level.
Research themes for the 2020 bursaries:
- PhD: New ways of framing the ‘Africa-China’ discourse in the visual arts with a particular
focus on the perspectives of Africa-based artists
- MA: Future knowledges/future art spaces and the arts of Africa
- MFA: Practice-led research that is sensitive to current issues in South Africa and/or the
broader African continent.
- Honours or Honours equivalent: These bursaries are not themed. Some knowledge about
the contemporary arts of Africa is preferable.
Bursaries holders need to strictly adhere to the following timeframes of their degrees:
- PhD in Art History: Thesis only, 3 years to completion
- MA in Art History: Thesis only, 2 years to completion
- MFA in Fine Art Practice/Curating: Exhibition and thesis, 2 years to completion
- Honours in Art History/4th year BFA: Coursework and long essay, 1 year to completion
Note that bursaries are only renewed after year one if candidates meet the requirements and are in good standing.