The University of Cape Town (UCT) is inviting applications for the 2019/2020 Rapcan Legacy Doctoral Scholarship in South Africa for South African Students.  The scholarship encourages studies that contribute to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Resources and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN), a Cape Town based NGO, played a leading role in the field of child rights and protection from 1989 until they closed their doors in 2017. The RAPCAN Board of Directors has decided to preserve the organisation’s legacy through the creation of the RAPCAN Legacy Doctoral Scholarship. UCT was selected as the beneficiary in order to recognise the longstanding links between the organisation and the University.

The University of Cape Town was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.

Worth of Award

Fully funded. Most doctorate scholarships are fully funded but successful applicants will be communicated on the full worth of this award.


  • One doctoral candidate, renewable, pending satisfactory progress
  • Be financially deserving according to UCT’s means test
  • Have demonstrated academic excellence at postgraduate level
  • Be a full-time South African doctoral student.
  • Research Topics are restricted to research which will contribute knowledge relating to the field of Child Protection in South Africa. Studies that contribute to the prevention of child abuse and neglect are particularly encouraged.

How to Apply

  • All applicants should apply using the Form 10A and attach a concept note outlining a plausible research topic and a letter of support from a potential UCT supervisor by the 31st January 2019.
  • RAPCAN Legacy Scholarship Information
  • For enquiries contact Ms C Jansen, on 021 650 1917 or [email protected]

Deadline: Application closes January 31st, 2019.


Click here for more details and to apply

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