The University of Cape Town in South Africa is inviting applications for the David and Elaine Potter Fellowships for South Africans for the 2019/2020 academic session.

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation have established a Fellowship Programme to support outstanding South African students who intend to contribute to civil society in South Africa, by leveraging their educational advantage in any discipline.  A strong civil society holds national and local government accountable, enhances democratic institutions and the quality of life of its citizens and helps strengthen and sustain economic, civil and legal rights.

Any field of study will be considered.  Thoughtful men and women from all backgrounds, who are excited by the prospect of helping to lead South Africa into an ever more successful future are invited to apply for these Fellowships.

Worth of Awards

  • Doctoral Fellowship Value – R140,000
  • Master’s Fellowship Value – R95,000 (1st year) and R100,000 (second year)


To be eligible;

  • Applicants must be South Africans
  • Only candidates with a final Honours degree mark of 65% and above are eligible to apply.
  • The tenure of the award is 1 or 2 years for a Master’s (depending on the academic programme to be undertaken)
  • 3 years for a Doctoral degree, with renewals after the first year contingent on the degree programme and on satisfactory progress.
  • Successful candidates are expected to complete their degrees within the above time frames, as no Potter Fellowship funding extensions to the time-frame above will be given.

How to Apply

  • Complete the application form
  • Attach a short covering letter providing an overview of the information prepared for consideration;
  • Attach a full curriculum vitae which elaborates on past and current community involvement and leadership roles;
  • Attach certified copies of all academic transcripts. Please do not attach copies of certificates;
  • Attach or email an HD digital photograph of head and shoulders;
  • Provide letters of reference from TWO ACADEMICS who have taught and/or supervised the applicant at university.  These references should be attached to the application in sealed envelopes.  Please do not send references from previous employers or character references;
  • Provide proof that they are or will be accepted by the relevant academic department at UCT for the 2020 academic year;
  • Submit an essay of NO MORE THAN 2,500 words on their intended role in civil society.  Applicants should be guided by the ‘PURPOSE’ set out above submit a summary/abstract of the intended research proposal of no longer than 1 A4 page for the PhD degree (PhD candidates only).


Deadline: Application closes September 30, 2019.

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