Stellenbosch University Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarship 2022 – 2023

Here’s a great opportunity for students looking to take their postgraduate studies in art and humanities a step further.

Stellenbosch University is now accepting applications for its Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarship.

This is a great way for any student to achieve their academic goals without the stress and burden that comes with funding it.

Successful candidates will be well taken care of during this program. However, they will still need to meet various requirements set by the foundation.

If you think this scholarship is promising, then you should apply right away. Here’s a guide on how you can do that.

Closing Date

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarship application period will end on July 31, 2022.

Please make sure to submit your application and any other supporting materials by this date.

Your application won’t be taken into account by the scholarship provider if you don’t do this.

What Is This Scholarship About?

One of Stellenbosch University’s ten faculties, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts (Drama, Music, and Visual Arts), languages (African Languages, Afrikaans and Dutch, Ancient Studies, English, General Linguistics, and Modern Foreign Languages), and social sciences (History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, Information Science, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, and Psychology).

When the Avalon Foundation and the Old Dominion Foundation merged in 1969, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation was created.

The Foundation is the largest funder of the arts and humanities in the USA and is a not-for-profit organization.

The Foundation provides funding and scholarships in four key program areas: Higher Learning, Arts and Culture, Public Knowledge, and Humanities in Place.

In collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University is asking students to apply for the “Turning the Tide” scholarships for the 2023 academic year.

Who Can Apply

This scholarship will be given for MA or Ph.D. programs at Stellenbosch University in the faculties of the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on research in the following areas:

  • African Cultural Studies
  • Identity, Gender, and/or Queer Studies
  • The Anthropocene and Ecocriticism

Before applying, candidates must meet the minimum admission requirements listed below (please note that if you do not meet all of the requirements, your application will not be considered):

  • You must be an international student or a citizen of South Africa.
  • In February 2023, you must be able to begin your studies.
  • You must plan to enroll in the Graduate School of the Arts and Social Science Faculty in 2023 to pursue a Master’s degree (complete thesis) or a Ph.D.
  • You must apply to study at Stellenbosch University; you do not need to be registered or have a supervisor. Nevertheless, you must check at the time of application whether a supervisor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is available for your field of study.
  • You must conduct research on one of the topics mentioned above.
  • You must have a strong academic background.
  • Candidates for master’s scholarships must be 30 years of age or younger at the time of application. For honors, you must have received a minimum grade of 75%. (if your results are available)
  • Candidates for Ph.D. scholarships must be 35 years old or younger and must have received a minimum grade of 75 percent (first class distinction) on their most recent completed degree.
  • Candidates for Ph.D. scholarships must have finished a thorough Master’s research project.

What Does This Scholarship Cover?

The following values will get scholarships, which range in value depending on the degree of study:

R357 500 for three years of study for a Ph.D. (the scholarship will cover: study fees and an allowance, it may also cover research activities together with your supervisor [writing retreat, conference attendance, and publication costs valued at R52 500, dependent on application made for these funds during study period]).

The maximum amount of R160 000 for MA courses over the course of 18 to 2 years (the scholarship will cover study fees and an allowance; it may also cover research activities together with your supervisor [writing retreat, conference attendance, and publication costs valued at R20 375, dependent on application made for these funds during the study period]).

How To Apply

Applying for this scholarship is quite simple. All you will need to do is download and complete the application form here.

Along with your completed application form, send in clear copies of the following supporting documents (submitting these documents is required; if any are missing, your application may be rejected):

  • If you’re a South African citizen, an ID document (certified copy)
  • A passport, if you’re a foreign student (certified copy)
  • Complete academic record (certified copy)
  • Certificate of honors, a master’s degree, or a foreign equivalent, in certified copy (or official proof from your institution that the degree will be delivered before March 2023, if the certificate is not available)
  • A letter of motivation in support of your application
  • Describe your proposed research topic and conceptualization for one of the three project themes in a pre-proposal or research idea (maximum 500 words)
  • Examples of your writing include a master’s thesis (for Ph.D. applicants), an essay about your honors research (for MA applicants), and any published academic articles relevant to your application.

Your applications need to be sent to

(In the email subject line, type “Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarship Application”).

Contact Information

You can get in touch with the scholarship provider directly through the following channels if you have any queries or complaints about the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Scholarship program:

Contact Person: Dr. Candice Steele


Good luck with your application!

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