Wits Faculty of Humanities Academics have been awarded prestigious fellowships granted to only five African countries.
The African Humanities Program (AHP) 2014 fellows, announced by the American Council of Learned Societies, includes Witsies Amy Niang, lecturer in Political Studies, Nicky Falkof from Media Studies, Ramona Nkosinathi Kunene-Nicolas from the Department of Linguistics; and a recent Wits PhD candidate, Reason Beremauro.
The AHP programme, now in its sixth year, recognises that the humanities lay the foundations for understanding and furthering every society’s economic and social development.
Consequently, the AHP aims to advance the humanities as a core component of higher education in Africa. In revitalising humanistic study, the AHP offers fellowships for the completion of PhD dissertations and postdoctoral projects by early career scholars.
Wits is the only South African university to be awarded more than one AHP fellowship, and ties in with the University of Dar es Salaam for the most awardees on the continent.
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