Research Project with Ex-Prisoners and Their Families

Durban University of Technology
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 31 August, 2017
Opportunity type: 
Fellowships and Scholarships

From its base in Eshowe, Phoenix Zululand has been working with prisoners in the Zululand prisons over the past 12 years. A key aspect of its work involves re-connecting prisoners with their families before they are released, principally for its own sake but also because stronger family relationships will keep ex-prisoners from re-offending.

In conjunction with the Peacebuilding Programme at Durban University of Technology, a scholarship will be offered in 2018 for full-time study at either Master’s or Doctoral level to study the dynamics between ex-prisoners and their families. The research will involve extensive travel within Zululand visiting ex-prisoners and their families.

Students will spend their first semester on-campus attending classes, writing assignments and preparing a detailed research proposal.

The scholarship is for a student to work full-time on this topic at either Masters for 18 months or Doctoral level for 30 months. The benefits are free tuition fees, a living allowance of R4 000 (Masters) or R5 000 (Doctoral) per month and research expense support of R10 000 and R15 000 respectively.

A successful applicant will normally meet all of the following requirements:

  • Able and willing to study full-time for the relevant period
  • Able and willing to undertake extensive fieldwork in rural areas of Zululand; ideally, the student will have a home base in Zululand from which they can travel
  • Maturity and self confidence
  • For a doctoral student, a master’s degree with a research component, normally at an upper second class level (70%+) or above. For a master’s student, an honours degree at a similar level. The discipline of previous studies is not important
  • Strong written and spoken English and isiZulu
  • Relevant life experience beyond studying at university

(Note: while a full-time student is definitely preferred, an applicant who is very well qualified in other respects might be considered for part-time study. However, two months full-time at DUT from February 5 to March 28, 2018 is non-negotiable and no scholarship will be provided if the applicant is employed elsewhere)
Further information:

Phoenix Zululand’s website
Professor Geoff Harris, Peacebuilding Programme, Durban University of Technology tel 031 373 5609
Applications close on August 31, 2017 and all applicants will be notified of the outcome during the week commencing September 11.

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