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APC NRF Postdoctoral Fellowships


In 2022, there will be NRF funding for Postgraduate Students. The deadline for funding is the 28th June 2021.

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APC NRF Awards can be held at the same time as UCT History Access Scholarships.

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Graduate Affiliation

Eligible graduate students registered in any department at UCT, or at other institutions in South Africa or elsewhere, may participate in the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative (APC). Eligibility is dependent on an appropriate fit between the student’s research topic and the focus and aims of the Research initiative. Participants are recognized as research fellows and are expected to participate actively in the work of the Research initiative.  The Research Initiative provides NRF funding for a limited number of students who are registered at UCT, typically those supervised by the NRF Chair in Archive and Public Culture, Carolyn Hamilton. The primary academic base of the student is in the APC, and includes access to research facilities and other forms of support. The APC seeks wherever possible to offer part-time work opportunities in the APC to APC graduate students.  Students would normally be expected to be present at UCT and to participate in the activities of the APC. These activities are designed to provide ongoing research support and to facilitate the development of the necessary cross-disciplinary familiarities and competencies that this kind of enquiry requires. Such students are registered in a home discipline and need to meet the basic requirements of graduate study in that discipline. This is usually ensured through the mechanism of co-supervision between the APC and the home discipline. Where students undertake a Masters degree involving coursework, the courses will be selected from those available in the relevant disciplines.


Graduate affiliates should take note of the following course in the Historical Studies Department:

HST5060F HISTORY IN PUBLIC LIFE (Department of Historical Studies)

Convener: Associate Professor A Mendelsohn

Course entry requirements: Acceptance for a master's programme.

History is thickly imbricated in our everyday lives. This course examines the multiple ways in which history is produced and circulates in public life. It does so by exploring how history manifests in different media, how histories of various kinds cross between distinct fields of public practice, and how they gain and lose appeal as their form and potency changes. The course will involve critical engagement with the idea of the production of history, as well as with theories of memory, publics, publicness, publicity, counter publics, the social imaginary of the public sphere and the role it is understood to play in a democracy, and the historicization of these concept qua concepts. Students will develop a theoretical understanding of how historical materials are made, assimilate into and mutate within the public imagination, and circulate in public life.


In mid-May 2021, the APC’s Five Hundred Year Archive team launched re-source, a hands-on Digital Curation initiative option. The option is offered as part of the UCT History Department’s MA course, History in Public Life. However, re-source is envisaged as a multi-purpose Digital Curation opportunity for researchers more generally.

Re-source takes the form of an online digital archive combined with an exhibition/presentation functionality. It is platform for re-archiving, re-presenting  and re-curating inherited materials; for archiving excluded things; and for making these re-worked or new archival offerings and their innovative curation accessible online.

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