Collaboration Grants Call
Thank you for your interest in applying for a collaboration grant under the second phase of the University Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP). The USDP was launched in July 2018 by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The USDP is an initiative of DHET under the University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP) which focuses on student development, staff development and programme or curriculum development.
One of the aims of the USDP is to promote collaborations that seek to increase the number of academics with PhDs in South African universities (including enhancing the infrastructure and resources for PhD and Master’s Supervision). Similarly, the USDP’s Phase 2 goal is to increase the number of permanent academic and professional staff at South African institutions with doctoral degrees while also building supervisory capacity in postgraduate programs.
In preparation for the USDP Phase 2, the British Council has partnered with the Department of Higher Education and Training to support collaboration and institutional links between South African and UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI). This phase will focus on partnerships between UK and SA universities in support of doctoral training for university academic staff exploring various models for Doctoral training.
2.0 Overview of Opportunity: Collaboration Grant in Preparation for the USDP Phase 2 Proposal Submission
South African and UK Universities are invited to apply for a grant to enable partnership discussions and joint programme development in support of doctoral training for South African academics. Programmes which are developed as part of this phase can be regarded as pilot programmes with potential for further rollout in support of doctoral training for both SA and UK students. This is an exciting opportunity to forge new links and partnerships and to strengthen existing links between SA-UK universities.
The collaboration grants call is a preparatory phase for the USDP Phase 2 call where SA-UK universities will be required to submit their final proposals in support of doctoral training for academics at SA institutions. Through this call a maximum of 15 grants to the value of GBP 5,000-10,000 (ZAR 180,000) will be awarded to UK and SA universities. SA Universities are required to partner in a consortium which includes a minimum of 1 HDI. Consortia which develop draft collaboration proposals in the scoping and development phase will be invited to apply for the USDP Phase 2 grants through a South African lead university. The primary output required of the collaboration grants call is to have a well-developed proposal produced ahead of the USDP Phase 2 project proposals deadline, which will be coordinated by DHET in July 2019.
The scoping visits and the development of draft partnership proposals from UK-SA universities must be completed by end of June 2019. See below for more information.