Research Noticeboard

Monday, 15 July 2019
Call for Applications for the postgraduate research bursary programme 2019/20

The Health and Welfare SETA, invite applications from registered employed (part-time), and unemployed (full-time) South African students pursuing Postgraduate Diploma/Honours/B-Tech, M-Tech/Masters, D-Tech/Doctoral and Post-Doctoral studies at South African universities and other accredited higher education and training institutions.  
While other areas of study within the sector will be considered; preference will be given to majors / streams and research focus that fall within the following priority areas: 

 Veterinary Sciences, Marine Aquaculture and Marine biology 
 Nursing Sciences focus – Nursing Education, Health Professions Education, Mental Health Nursing, Maternal and Child Health, Community Health Nursing, Rural Health, and Primary Health Care; 
 Social Work focus – Social Health Care, Occupational Social Work and Social Work (in Forensic Practice); Clinical Social Work, Child Protection Law and Play Therapy.
 Psychology focus – Counseling, Clinical, Forensic, Educational, and Community, 
 Public Health focus - Clinical Epidemiology, Health Economics, Health Systems (Policy, Planning & Management), Medical Informatics, eHealth, Telemedicine, Biostatistics, Bioethics and Health Law (Medical Law);
 Mental Health focus – Forensic Mental health, Child-Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry, Public Mental Health and Community Psychiatry, 
 Health sciences focus - Radiography, Audiology, Speech Language Therapy, Pharmacy, Optometry, Dentistry, and Physiotherapy,  
 Medical Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Demography and Population studies; 
 Environmental Health/Biology/Chemistry and Occupational Health and Safety; 
 Social Welfare focus - Child and Youth Care, Social Services and Development, Poverty and Inequality, Disability care - Rehabilitation and Management,   
A special consideration will be given to Honours students undertaking programmes, which will lead to scarce skills specializations, professional registration and licensing. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Application process: Interested students must complete an HWSETA postgraduate bursary application form, which is accessible from the HWSETA website (, within the expression of interest tab, and submit (in single pdf file - max 10MB), no later than 31 July 2019. The application must include a proof of registration (a university stamped copy), draft research proposal (where applicable), motivation letter (1 page), required proposed budget (itemised) to complete the research project and a clear certified copy of the South African Identify Document. Applications must be submitted via email to: Enquiries may be directed to Dr Sipho Buthelezi at  

Monday, 15 July 2019
Call for participants " The role of health professionals in South Africa in regard to the climate change impacts on health"

"Climate change is the biggest global health threat" (The Lancet) What is the role of health professionals in South Africa in regard to the climate change impacts on health? Call for participants You are working in the health sector in South Africa and want to contribute to an important topic with only 10 minutes of your time? Then read on!  
My name is Leonie Dudda and I am a master candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. I am researching the role of health professionals in South Africa in regard to the climate change impacts on health. This research is particularly involved in exploring why health professionals act/not act regarding the climate change impacts on health.    The input of those working in South Africa and especially those familiar with the health sector is incredibly valuable to my research. Therefore, I am excited to find interview partners (students, interns, physicians, nurses etc.) who are willing to spend about 10 minutes of their time for an interview via phone. The questions will be similar to the survey which you can find here:  


You can spend 10 min for an interview?       Please send me an e-mail at:  


You can spend 2 min for an online survey?      Please see this link

I am looking forward to hearing from you!

Leonie Dudda  

Deadline: 31 July 2019

Monday, 15 July 2019
FHS Best Publication Awards

Faculty of Health Sciences Best Publication Awards

Closing date: 16 August 2019


Postgraduate Award:
Value Three awards will be made in 3 categories - in the fields of:  Clinical Sciences; Basic Laboratory Sciences; and Public Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. The prize is to the value of R5000 which must be used for research purposes and will be paid into a UCT fund.

Any postgraduate student or postdoctoral fellow within one year of completing a PhD may apply. Only research carried out while the candidate was affiliated to UCT will be considered eligible. The article must have been published in a peer-reviewed, DHET accredited journal in 2018, see a list of accredited journals:  

Publications with a 2018 citation as well as papers published online in 2018 are eligible.  The author’s affiliation on the paper must be to a department/division at  the University of Cape Town, Faculty of Health Sciences.

The award will be made for a research publication considered to be of high quality within the discipline. The applicant must be the first author or acknowledged as the principal author of the publication.


Early Career Award:
Three awards will be made in 3 categories - in the fields of:  Clinical Sciences; Basic Laboratory Sciences; and Public Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. The prize is to the value of R10 000 which must be used for research purposes and will be paid into a UCT fund.

Any full-time or part-time member of staff or any postdoctoral fellow within 5 years of completing their PhD on the closing date may apply. Only research carried out while the candidate was affiliated to UCT will be considered eligible. The article must have been published in a peer-reviewed, DHET accredited journal in 2018, see a list of accredited journals:

Publications with a 2018 citation as well as papers published online in 2018 are eligible.  The author’s affiliation on the paper must be to a department/division at the University of Cape Town, Faculty of Health Sciences. 

The award will be made for a research publication considered to be of high quality within the discipline. The applicant must be the first author or acknowledged as the principal author of the publication.


Method of submission for both awards  

 An applicant must submit the following:  
 • A pdf copy of the publication he/she wishes to have considered for the award, to Miss Jacqui Steadman in the Faculty Research Office (  
 • Applications should be accompanied by a declaration by the candidate that he/she fulfils the eligibility criteria. The declaration must be signed by the Head of Department, and in case of postgraduate students, also by the individual's supervisor, where possible.  
 • Applicants are asked to complete a 1 page motivation: Highlighting the  novelty and relevance of your work, its potential impact in SA and internationally, number of citations, average citation per month and describing the context (resources available) in which you conducted your study. The motivation should also include the contribution of the author to the paper.
• The applicant must specify for which award he/she is applying (postgraduate or early career) as well as specify the category (clinical sciences; basic laboratory sciences and public heath and rehabilitation sciences).  
Each person may only submit one paper.  HODs, DRCs and supervisors are requested to please  identify and invite authors of worthy publications meeting the criteria to submit applications

Monday, 15 July 2019
Call for Abstracts: SaVI Conference 2019

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS                                               

The Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) at the University of Cape Town is inviting abstracts for papers to be presented at a conference titled, Violence Prevention and Peacebuilding: Evidence to Action which will take place from 7 - 8 November 2019 at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town.

The conference will be multidisciplinary, and hence abstracts from all relevant academic fields are welcome.


Conference Objectives

This conference offers an opportunity for researchers, from all relevant academic disciplines, working on violence prevention and peace building to present their current research. Practitioners involved in this field are also encouraged to submit abstracts.


Submission Requirements

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words in which you list a title; and clearly state the research objectives, methodology and findings. In addition, please include your bio and contact details.

Abstracts to be submitted via email by 31 July 2019 to the following email address:

Successful applicants will be informed by 7 August 2019.


No honorarium or speaker fee will be paid to conference presenters.  All conference presenters and attendees are required to pay the registration fee.  


Registration fees (including lunch and refreshments):

  • Full conference fee (Academic/Professional) – R 2,900.00 early registration
  • Full conference fee (Academic/Professional) – R 3,450.00 late registration (from 1 October 2019)
  • Full conference fee (Student) – R 1,850.00 early registration
  • Full conference fee (Student) – R 2,400.00 late registration (from 1 October 2019)



Please contact Lameez Mota on +27 (0) 21 650 4862 or email should you have any queries.



Monday, 15 July 2019
Call for Proposals: Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award 2019



Proposals may be submitted directly to the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (deadline: 25 October 2019, see contact details in the enclosed PDF call)


should advice and editorial support in preparing nominations be preferred, via the UCT Research Office (revised internal deadline: 1 October 2019), send all documentation except for referee reports to



This Award focuses unambiguously on excellence and exceptional scholarship. It is granted to candidates of the highest calibre to enable them to undertake a programme of cutting edge, internationally significant work. The Award carries a monetary value of R1.5 million.



  • The Award seeks to attract world-class candidates with visionary ideas based on an exceptionally well-developed grasp of a field or topic;
  • It is intended to enable scholars based in South Africa to undertake a programme of work that will ‘build the academy’ and contribute richly to intellectual life;
  • It aims to strengthen relationships and partnerships between local and international institutions and the Trust.



The Trust will consider candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • UCT researchers who are South African residents;
  • Outstanding achievers who are very well established in their field;
  • Leading international scholars with many years of advanced research and a track record of sustained intellectual effort;
  • Present a submission that describes a clearly focused and specific project that offers a ‘visionary idea’ that represents a paradigm shift in current thinking, seeks to make important discoveries and contribute significantly to new knowledge;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to transferring skills and building capacity in South Africa.


Previous applicants or short-listed candidates are eligible to apply.


Special consideration will also be given to the following points:

·       The value of the proposed work: its particular application to teaching, research and development in South Africa; its potential to push the frontiers of knowledge in the given field or area of interest; its contribution to the advancement or application of knowledge in the service of society;

·       The coherence and practicability of the proposed programme and its feasibility within the limit set for the Award and the given timeframe of approximately one year;

·       The candidate’s proven achievement and the ability to profit from the use of the Award.

  • By proven achievement the Trust would be looking for candidates who have inter alia: attracted research funding on a competitive basis; published peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals or scholarly books through high-profile publishers; successfully supervised graduate students to completion; and secured invitations to, and seats on, international bodies and institutions



Written submissions must be supported by the following information:

·     An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (not exceeding 6 pages);

·     A complete list of publications (by way of an annexure);

·     A brief synopsis in lay terms (2 to 3 A4 pages) of the work to be undertaken, with a  written motivation explaining the reasons for the work;

·     Details of the proposed work programme, including estimated timeframes and budgetary costs (specifying the major components of the budget and associated expenses within the limit set and based on realistic needs) and commentary on the envisaged outputs and outcomes;

  • Referee reports from at least four highly-placed referees of international standing who are familiar with the candidate's work. Referees should be properly briefed about the nature of the Award and its significance so that their remarks are directed appropriately. The reports must be submitted under separate and confidential cover directly to the Trust at 


  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered by the Trust.
  • Only the complete and eligible applications will receive the required institutional endorsement for submission to the Trust.
  • The Trust will engage in a formal selection process and no correspondence on its decision will be entered into.
  • Short-listed candidates or finalists should be available for interviews late January / early February 2020.



Funds will be disbursed in two instalments – an initial payment in advance and the second at the half-way stage, on submission of a progress report to the Trust. The Fellow will be required to submit a reflective report (including commentary on the impact of the work) to the Trust within six months of completion of the programme and undertake to deliver a public lecture on the work.

Monday, 15 July 2019
URC Call for Applications: Vera Davie Study and Research Bursary




Application Deadline: Monday, 30 September 2019


For more information, please contact Robyn Udemans (


The late Mrs Vera Davie made a bequest to the University in September 1981. In her will Mrs Davie suggested "… that a sum … be used … to supplement the income of a member of the staff of the University of Cape Town, who, proceeding overseas for study and research, with a view to publication or to better university teaching, might be hampered in such work by his inadequate financial resources".

Acting upon a recommendation of the General Purposes Committee (PC 412 date 21/09/81), the University Council determined that this award be known as the Vera Davie Study and Research Bursary.


  • Members of UCT staff on academic conditions of service, who will be proceeding abroad on study and research leave for a continuous period of three months or more, can apply.
  • Applicants should be at the early career or less established stage of their careers, defined for purposes of this award as being within 10 years of completing their higher degrees.


Note: Researchers applying for contact leave (research leave) shorter than 3 months will not be eligible.


A maximum value of R 25 000.

Conditions of Award:

1.   The recipient should return to his/ her post at the University for a period of at least 12 months from the completion of the leave for which the award is made.

2.   Should the award not be used in accordance with the conditions stipulated and for the purpose approved by the Committee when awarding it, a portion of the whole of it, as determined by the Committee, would have to be repaid.

Application Process:

Applications should include:

  1. Details of the intended programme of study and research.
  2. The number of times an applicant has been on study and research leave, and brief details thereof.
  3. A full motivation explaining the need for supplementary funding and providing the following information:

·       travel costs;

·       subsistence costs;

·       direct subventions applied for and received; and

·       any other information or variables for the Committee's attention.

  1. A full curriculum vitae including a list of publications.


Hard copies of the nominations may be e-mailed to  OR posted to the Research Office, Research Support Services Cluster (for attention: Robyn Udemans), 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray (but not both) on or before the deadline (Monday, 30 September 2019).


Please note: If you have not received confirmation that your application has been received by the Research Office within two days of the closing date, please contact the Research Office.

Monday, 8 July 2019
Call for Applications: MPhil in Public Mental Health 2020

Call for applications for the MPhil in Public Mental Health for 2020 offered by the Alan J. Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH), a joint initiative of the Psychology Department at Stellenbosch University and the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town.

AMARI (African Mental Health Research Initiative) is offering 4 fellowships to candidates from partner countries (Ethiopia, South Africa,  Malawi, and Zimbabwe) to complete the MPhil in Public Mental Health in 2020. See attached documents for further information.

The due date for applications is 30 August 2019.

Application Form

View the full call for applications

Monday, 8 July 2019
Call for Proposals: 5th International Clinical Trials Methodology Conference

How would you like to attend The 5th International Trials Methodology Conference in Brighton, UK 6th to 9thOctober 2019?

To celebrate the collaboration between The Global Health Network and the new MRC/NIHR Trials Methodology Research Partnership, the Global Health Methodology Research Member Hub is excited to announce a competition inviting staff working in trials in low and middle-income countries to propose a trial methodology research study with a chance to win a funded attendance to this upcoming conference.

This competition is open to anyone working in a clinical trial role including; investigator, trial coordinator, statistician, data manager, research nurse, pharmacist and trial laboratory scientist.

The winner would have the unique opportunity to meet other researchers and discuss the current issues within trials and trials methodology. The event will showcase the very latest in trials methodology research and offer plenty of valuable opportunities for networking. The Conference will also mark 10 years since the Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research began in 2009.

For more information or to enter visit:

The competition closes midnight (GMT+1) 31 July 2019.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Call for Proposals: Mac Arthur Foundation 100 & Change

MacArthur Foundation have recently launched a new round of 100&Change

We are seeking proposals that address real problems-and offer solutions that are impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. Participants must register on the competition website by 11 am CT on Tuesday, July 16 and submit a proposal by 11 am CT on Tuesday, August 6.

100&Change has a rigorous and transparent application process, requiring an online application, budget, and video pitch that can be accessed at During a peer-to-peer review process, applicants within the same domain will score and provide feedback to each other's proposals using our established criteria.
Our "wise head" panel of external judges will then review and score submissions using the same criteria and scoring process.

The Top 100 will be announced in February 2020. The Finalists will be chosen by MacArthur's Board of Directors in the Spring of 2020 and a single $100 million grant recipient will be announced in the fall of that year.
We encourage anyone who is interested in applying to visit and learn more.

100&Change is an expression of the belief that difficult problems really can be solved, given the right mix of determination, creativity, and tenacity. There are solutions waiting to be realized, but lacking resources. This is that chance. We hope that you will share this opportunity widely and join us in this effort.
I can't wait to see what solutions we can find together.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Call for applications - Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants

Dear colleagues,

Kindly receive herewith a link for the call for applications for the Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants offered by the British Council in partnership with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

The closing date for applications is 09 August 2019 at 16:00 UK time.

All queries or comments about this call should be addressed to the Researcher Links on this email address:

Please specify that you are enquiring about the Newton Fund Researcher Links Travel Grants call.