Thursday, 19 November 2009

Study with Pete Alexander

Honours, Masters, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Study with the South African Research Chair in Social Change

UJ's Professor Peter Alexander has been awarded the South African Research Chair in Social Change (funded by the Department of Science and Technology and administered by the National Research Foundation). This prestigious chair will enable him to support: three post-doctoral fellows, three doctoral students, three masters students and two honours students. Applications are invited for all of these positions.

The study of social change is extensive in its spatial and temporal horizons, it is diverse in its concerns, and it works across disciplinary boundaries to grapple with inter-relationships between different dynamics. The Chair will begin to address this complexity by focussing on social change in contemporary South Africa, undertaking this in a way that recognises the importance of cross-national and historically grounded research. It has a particular interest in class and its intersections; comparative labour history; immigration, xenophobia and super-diversity; civil society, protest and democracy; and the sociology of the state.

PDFs and doctoral and masters students will be supervised or co-supervised by Prof. Alexander and honours students will be employed as research assistants. If students are not yet registered on an appropriate programme, registration will be facilitated by the Chair. Stipends for full-time students (including support from UJ and Faculty of Humanities)* are as follows:

Post-doctoral fellows: R180,000 p.a. Doctoral students: R95,000 p.a. Masters students: R55,000 p.a. Honours students: R31,000 p.a.

Students may also apply for a UJ New Generation Scholarship (applications close on 30 November) and for a Humanities Faculty Merit Bursary. All PDFs and doctoral and MA students will be provided with a lap-top and other hardware, financial support for research and conference attendance, and office space.

To apply, send your cv, the names of three academic referees and a letter of motivation to The closing date is 30 November 2009. For further information, call Ms Annelize Naidoo on 011 559 4250 or email her on

*Terms and conditions apply

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