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Monday, 24 February 2020
NRF Funding for a Master’s Degree Candidate In Global Health

Monday, 24 February 2020
NRF Funding for A PHD Candidate In Global Surgery

Monday, 3 February 2020
Call for Applications: Mphil in Health Science Education

Full-time Research Masters (MPhil) Advert
Authorial Identity Development within the Health Sciences

The FHS Writing Lab, situated within the Department of Health Science Education (DHSE) in
the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town, invites applications from
suitably qualified candidates for a full-time (2 year) research masters (MPhil) in Health Science
Education commencing in 2020.
The Masters programme in DHSE is the only full-time research masters programme in Health
Science Education in the country. The programme includes intensive support that will enable
you not only to successfully complete your degree, but also prepare you to undertake doctoral
research in the future.

Background to the project
Writing centres have become a common feature of higher education institutions, playing an
important role in supporting student engagement with disciplinary discourses, literacy
practices, and knowledge production (Avery and Bryan, 2001; Daniels & Richards, 2011;
Graves, 2016). In South Africa, writing centre scholarship and practice has been strongly
influenced by the New Literacy Studies perspective of writing as a contextually-situated social
practice (Gee, 1990; Lea and Street, 1998; Street, 1984, 1995; The New London Group,
1996), and the transformative ideology (Lillis & Scott, 2007) of the academic literacies
approach (Lea & Street, 1998), which aims to empower student writers (Pemberton 1994) to
use their own knowledges and literacies to contest academic norms and contribute to new
forms of thinking and representation in the academy (Muna et al., 2019).
Given the dominance of the written mode within higher education, the need to engage critically
with academic writing practices, and the challenges of enacting a transformative approach, is
particularly important (Clarence and Dison, 2017; Esambe and Mkonto, 2017). Notably, a
transformative ideology necessitates a focus on authorial identity development (developing
the writer), rather than text product development (developing the writing).
Recently, Cheung et al. (2018) identified five domains and two sub-domains inherent in
authorial identity. This framework reflects current understandings from the literature
(Pemberton, 1994; Pittam et al., 2009; Archer, 2010; Cheung et al., 2017), and represents a
substantial contribution as it coalesces these notions into a cohesive framework, providing a
target towards which pedagogical interventions can be orientated. What has yet to be
determined is whether this framework is valid in the South African context; the relationships
between domains; and how to operationalise domains for the design of contextually
appropriate and transformative pedagogical activities.

MPhil Research Project
Understanding the conceptual domains inherent in authorial identity, the relationship between
domains, and how each domain can be operationalised for the development of targeted
pedagogical interventions, is fundamental to enacting a transformative approach to supporting
and enabling students’ development as writers within the academy. Recent work by Cheung
et al. (2018) provides a useful starting point, however their work derives from academic
perspectives in a Northern context across a wide variety of disciplines. Therefore, the focus of
this research would be to similarly explore the domains of authorial identity, but from a
Southern perspective, with a refined disciplinary focus (the health sciences), and a wider group
of stakeholders (undergraduates, postgraduates, and academics). From within an
interpretivist paradigm, the research will use qualitative methodology (such as focus groups
and interviews) to explore stakeholder perspectives and experiences of authorial identity
development. The data will be thematically analysed to firstly, identify the domains of authorial
identity (which may differ from those identified by Cheung et al.); secondly, to clarify the
relationships between domains; and thirdly, to operationalisation domains to enable their use
in targeted pedagogical strategies.

This research is supported by a UCT University Research Council (URC) grant that includes
running costs and a student bursary of R100 000 pa, renewable for a second year based on
satisfactory progress.

MPhil Admission Requirements
· A Postgraduate Diploma in Health Profession Education or equivalent. In the absence
of a PG Dip HPE, applicants will be considered on the basis of their portfolio of
experience and qualifications;
· Demonstrated competence on the TOEFL test for applicants who do not hold a degree
from an English medium university and/or who are from a country where English is not
the official language
· Reliable and continuous computer access and internet connectivity.
· Students may be required to attend an educational research methods course and other
coursework as appropriate to the topic of the dissertation, depending on their prior
knowledge and experience.
· Students registering for the first year of masters in 2020

Interested individuals are invited to submit:
· A cover letter
· A full academic CV in which you highlight educational courses, workshops and/or
conferences attended, presentations given;
· An expression of interest statement in which you outline your interest in this research
Application should be submitted to Dr Natashia Muna (PI) at by the
29th of February 2020

Monday, 27 January 2020
Call for Speakers: Soapbox Sciences 2020 events

Apply online here!

Or download the application form and return to SCIENCE application form 2020

Deadline 10am 2nd March 2020.

Are you a woman* who works in science and who is passionate about your research? Are you eager to talk to the general public about your work in a fun, informal setting?  If so, then Soapbox Science needs YOU! We are looking for scientists in all areas of STEMM, from PhD students to Professors, and from entry-level researchers to entrepreneurs, to take part in this grassroots science outreach project.

*Soapbox Science uses an inclusive definition of ‘woman’ and welcomes applications from Non-binary and Genderqueer speakers.

What is Soapbox Science?

Soapbox Science is a public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. Our events around the world transform public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate. With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists. No middle man, no PowerPoint slide, no amphitheatre – just remarkable scientists who are there to amaze with their latest discoveries, and to answer the science questions the public have been burning to ask.


Why should you apply to be a Soapbox Science speaker?

  • Help us improve the visibility of women and underrepresented genders in science
  • Make valuable connections with other scientists
  • Engage with people who might not otherwise encounter science
  • Publicise your work through blogs and other media opportunities

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Monday, 27 January 2020
Call for Applications: Social Impact Bond to address HIV and Pregnancy in School-going Adolescent Girls and Young Women in South Africa


Request for Applications

Issue date:

Submission date:


Social Impact Bond to address HIV and Pregnancy in School-going Adolescent Girls and Young Women in South Africa

20 December 2019

28 February 2020 (18h00 SA time)

Target audience: Open call for South African registered organisations/institutions who are implementers of programmes for school going adolescent girls and young women in South Africa. This includes researchers based at South African universities, science councils (including the SAMRC) and other public research organizations.

Topic: Implementation of a Social Impact Bond (SIB) to address HIV and Pregnancy in School- going Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) in South Africa

There have been important advances in government policies related to sexual and reproductive health in the recent past. The Department of Basic Education has approved a new HIV and TB policy as well as policies related to learner pregnancy. The Department of Health, together with other government departments, has approved the Integrated School Health Policy. Both departments are working towards the progressive realization of the implementation of these policies in schools throughout the country.

The AGYW SIB aims to provide a working example of how to successfully implement these programmes within the school environment (not necessarily within the school’s premises). It serves to pilot a specific package of services aimed at improving outcomes for AGYW at senior school.

The SIB is a form of ‘pay for results’ model with the added benefit that private or philanthropic investors will initially fund service delivery and link their financial returns to the achievement of successful outcomes. The SAMRC has received funding from the South African National Treasury and the Department of Science and Innovation to pay for successful outcomes achieved through the AGYW SIB.

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is inviting applications for a service provider/s to partner with the SAMRC and a social investor to implement an innovative programme that addresses learner needs for sexual and reproductive health services with an emphasis on HIV prevention, Antiretroviral treatment and care and the prevention and care of learner pregnancies. This initiative will be financed and managed through the mechanism of a Social Impact Bond (SIB).

The Service provider/s will be required to provide impactful service delivery, must possess the requisite expertise, a considerable track record and management capabilities in delivering sexual and reproductive health outcomes in local communities. 

The indicative maximum budget is R 125 000 000 to R 135 000 000 to fund the total project across three districts over 3 years, inclusive of the mobilization period and the close periods.

Proposals will only be considered for funding if they meet the funding eligibility requirements as specified in the RFA document.

All applications must be submitted on the technical and financial proposal templates provided. Please see the links below for the relevant application documents. 

For further information please email Nevilene Slingers at

Application documents:

Compulsory Briefing Session

RFA: Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Social Impact Bond (SIB)

The Office of AIDS and TB Research will have a compulsory briefing session for the Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Social Impact Bond (SIB) RFA released on the 20 December 2019, Reference number: SAMRC-RFA-OATR 01-2019.

The briefing session will only be held via video conferencing at the three main SAMRC offices. All potential respondents to the RFA are invited to attend. The main venue will be in Pretoria and two additional satellite venues in Cape Town and Durban. Parking will be available at these SAMRC offices. You are requested to please pre-book parking before the 20th of January 2020 by sending an email request to

Date of briefing session: 21 January 2020

Time: 10H00 - 14H00

Venue Address GPS Co-ordinates

  • Main venue
    (VC Boardroom) SAMRC Pretoria 1 Soutpansberg Road Pretoria 0001 DMS Lat : S 250 43' 57.111" DMS Long: E 280 15' 19.472" or DD Lat South: -25.732530720299994 DD Long East: 28.255409002304077
  • Satellite Venue1
    (VC Boardroom) SAMRC Cape Town Francie van Zijl Drive Parow Cape Town 7505 DMS Lat: S 330, 54', 58.986" DMS Long: E 180, 36', 16.048" or DD Lat: -33.916385 DD Long: 18.604458
  • Satellite Venue 2
    (VC Boardroom) SAMRC Durban Westville Village Market 123 Jan Hofmeyer Road Westville Durban 3630 DMS Lat: S 290 49' 38.816" DMS Long: E 300 55' 49.528" or DD Lat: -29.827449 DD Long: 30.930424600000038

Please direct any requests for information and questions/queries by email to Sindi Shangase at


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Monday, 20 January 2020
Clinical Trials Methodology Research - small grants

Clinical Trials Methodology Research – optimising the design, conduct, analysis, reporting and interpretation of trials (RESEARCH ABOUT RESEARCH)

The way trials are designed, conducted, analysed, reported and interpreted should continually be questioned so that they are optimal and responsive for a broad range of stakeholders. A new partnership will increase capacity for trials methodology research, with the following working groups: Trial conduct, Stratified Medicine, Health Informatics, Adaptive Designs, Outcomes, Health Economics, Statistical Analysis, and Global Health


The UK NIHR-MRC Trials Methodology Research Partnership has made available funds for small pump-priming grants of between £2000 and £10000 specifically for methodology research projects relevant to Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) for:

  • A small trials methodology research project (typically proof-of-principle studies to facilitate further funding through other funders)
  • Hosting of a local, national or regional workshop/meeting about trials methodology research with a view to subsequently developing a project
  • An exchange visit(s) to or from another TMRP member/partner working on the same project or with a view to developing a collaborative project


Deadline midnight (GMT) 1st March 2020


For details visit the Global Health Methodology Research website or contact

For background on/examples of trials methodology research visit the Hubs for Trials Methodology Research website including the Guidance, Webinars and Working Groups sections

We are particularly interested in increasing the number of core outcome sets (the minimum outcomes that should be measured and reported in all trials of a specific condition) relevant to LMICs and/or developed by LMICs

Monday, 21 October 2019
The YEBO! Project - International PhD Funding Opportunities

Dear UCT PhD and Masters Students,

UCT, in partnership with the University of Montpellier, is offering access to a database of international PhD funding opportunities via the YEBO! Project.  The YEBO! Project is a capacity-building project on the internationalisation of doctoral studies in South Africa.  It was launched in 2017 and will end in November 2020, with the aim to:

  • achieve the improvement of the skills of South-African universities concerning the internationalization of PhD Studies;
  • facilitate access to information concerning funding, mobility, and administrative procedures of PhD programs;
  • increase PhD students and staff trained in the internationalization of the PhD studies;
  • promote the internationalization of PhD studies in South Africa and Europe.

UCT has 1,000 licences available to the YEBO! Project platform called Open4Research.  These will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so if you are interested, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  To do so, click on OPEN4YEBO and complete the required fields to secure your licence and access the database of funding opportunities.  Please note – you must use your “myuct” or “uct” email address domain to register.  Should you have any questions regarding the registration process, you are welcome to contact Amanda Bessick at


NB: Enquiries regarding individual funding opportunities available on the Open4Research platform must be directed to the appropriate contact person/people listed under that specific opportunity.