The Public Affairs Research Institute
The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) is an independent research institute based in Johannesburg. Established in May 2010, the Institute brings theoretically-informed social science research into the service of answering some of the major questions facing the public sector. PARI approaches this from two angles: analyses of the organisational dynamics of the public sector and research into social change, citizenship and governance.
The PARI-Nedbank Scholarships are intended to support postgraduate study in the fields of institutional and organisational economics with a focus on the public sector, as well as supporting postgraduate students from non - economic disciplines who are interested in researching the incentives driving behaviour within public sector organisations.
Successful applicants will be supervised by committee, including academics in the relevant teaching department and in PARI. They will have an organisational base at the Institute, where they will be included as PARI Research Fellows. Students will be part of, and contribute to, an academic community at the Institute. This will include participation in academic and research seminars at the Institute, as well as the possibility of inclusion on relevant PARI research projects (dependent, for example, on students research focus).
Scholarships are available for research Masters in 2015, for registration at the University of the Witwatersrand.
The value of the Masters scholarship is R80 000 per annum.
Applications are welcome from students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including, for example, economics, politics, history, anthropology, and sociology, as well as law.
Applicants should be South African citizens.
Masters applicants should have an Honours (or equivalent degree) with a minimum of a 70 percent pass. Applicants who did not achieve a 70 percent pass will be considered if they are able to provide a motivation in support of their application from the Head of Department in which they completed their last degree.
PARI - Nedbank Scholarship Programme:
Masters Application Form (2015) of 12
Students who have already been awarded funding (bursary or scholarship) for the 2015 academic year of R35 000 or more should NOT apply for the PARI - Nedbank Masters scholarship.
Masters applicants must complete the Masters’ application form below and provide the following in support of their application:
- A short cover letter;
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
- Original academic transcript/s (or certified copies) of the applicant’s Honours degree (or equivalent) as well as undergraduate degree;
- The applicant’s Honours research report or a long essay written as part of the applicant’s last degree;
- The names and contact details of two referees, one of which must be an academic referee from a department in which the applicant obtained a degree (see Referees section in the application form below).
The application form MUST be signed. Applicants wishing to email their application should therefore print, sign and scan their completed application form.
Applications should be emailed to Mpho Mohapi at firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to:
26 Rhodes Avenue
Enquiries: Tracy Ledger, Email: email@example.com
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel of academics from PARI, and the Schools of Social Sciences, Economic and Business Sciences, and Law.
Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account academic merit and the resonance of the applicant’s academic or research interests with PARI’s research themes and approach, as well as the specific focus area of the scholarships. More information about PARI’s research focus and approach can be found at www.pari.org.za.
Successful applicants will be awarded the relevant scholarships on condition that:
- They are accepted by the University of the Witwatersrand for postgraduate study; and
- They are registered for full time study.
Note: Should students who are awarded a PARI-Nedbank Scholarship not complete their degree, the scholarship awarded will be treated as a loan: students will be expected to pay back the value of the scholarship over a reasonable period as stipulated by PARI.
For more about the Public Affairs Research Institute, refer to www.pari.org.za.
For more about Nedbank, refer to www.nedbank.co.za.
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