Stellenbosch University Lisa Maskell Scholarship 2022 – 2023

Here’s a great opportunity for students looking to take their postgraduate studies in Historical Humanities fields a step further.

Stellenbosch University is now accepting applications for its Lisa Maskell 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 Lisa Maskell 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).

In honor of her mother Gerda Henkel, Lisa Maskell founded the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1976 as a private, non-profit organization that made grants with the intention of advancing the study of science at colleges and research institutions through funding initiatives in the humanities sector. Since 2014, the Foundation has supported scholars from Southeast Asia and Africa in their pursuit of humanities degrees.

In collaboration with the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University is asking students to apply for the Lisa Maskell / PANGeA Scholarships for the 2023 academic year.

Who Can Apply

The scholarship will be given to students at Stellenbosch University who plan to pursue full-time Ph.D. study in the following historical humanities fields:

  • Archaeology
  • Historical Islamic Studies
  • History
  • History of Art
  • History of Law
  • History of Science
  • Prehistory and Early History

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 a citizen of a sub-Saharan African nation.
  • When applying, you must be 35 years old or younger and have finished a full MA research thesis.
  • You must have the intention of pursuing a Ph.D. full-time in one of the historical humanities research programs mentioned above.
  • You must plan to enroll in the Graduate School of the Arts and Social Science Faculty at Stellenbosch University in 2023.
  • In February 2023, you must be able to begin your studies.
  • 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 have a strong academic background.
  • In the last year of the most recent degree you have earned, you must have received at least a 70 percent.
  • Students attending Makerere University, Stellenbosch University, University of Botswana, University of Dar es Salaam, University of Malawi, University of Nairobi, and the University of Yaoundé, which are PANGeA partner universities, will be given preference.

What Does This Scholarship Cover?

Over three years of study, a scholarship worth a maximum of R420 000 will be given out. 

How To Apply

Applying for this scholarship is quite simple. All you will need to do is download and complete the following application form which you can find 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 a South African citizen, an ID document (certified copy).
  • Passport, if you’re a foreign student (certified copy).
  • Complete academic record (certified copy).
  • Certificate of Master’s Degree or Foreign Equivalent (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 (maximum 600 words) (See our piece on how to write a motivational letter.)
  • Your proposed research question should be explained in a pre-proposal or research idea (more details can be found on the application form) (500 maximum words).
  • A writing example of your MA thesis.
  •  Any scholarly writings that have been published that relate to your application.

Email applications should be sent to

(Write “Lisa Maskell Scholarship Application” in the subject line of the email.)

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 Lisa Meskell Scholarship program:

Contact Person: Dr. Candice Steele


Good luck with your application!

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