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2022/23 HSRC/USAf CEOs’ Awards

Call for nominations
13 April 2023

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Universities South Africa (USAf) annually award and acknowledge scholars who have made an outstanding contribution to the social sciences and humanities through their research. The 2022/23 HSRC/USAf CEOs’ Awards aim to recognise research excellence under the “Social Justice” theme. Research in the social sciences and humanities influences and directs policymakers on how to improve socio-political and economic experiences.

This year’s theme seeks to identify innovative research projects that are centred on analysing social justice inquiry, theories and practice aimed at achieving transformative impact in communities – socially, scientifically and otherwise. As such, the awards will recognise scholars and researchers who approach social justice issues using sharpened analytical lenses, rigorous conceptualisation, and research methods characterised by meaningful engagement with their peers and the affected communities. These researchers focus on questions related to policies or interventions aimed at addressing inequities, inequalities, unemployment and poverty, and their work must include proposed solutions. Marginalised and disadvantaged individuals and communities are disproportionately affected by social injustices; however, research frameworks often do not consider complex and unique local contexts. Dominated by Western paradigms, approaches often fail to consider that, even within these groups, narratives differ and so will the solutions.

The current times require scholars, researchers and institutions to prioritise progressive and transformative discussions and debates aimed at truly understanding social issues, and how research in the area of social justice can be powerful and meaningful. As inequality and poverty deepen, the gap between social classes widens. Social justice is a rallying cry for progressive thinkers and activists; and the HSRC/USAF 2022/23 Awards will celebrate and acknowledge scholars contributing toward achieving goal 10 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015, aimed at reducing inequality within and among countries.

CRITERIA FOR ESTABLISHED RESEARCHER MEDAL
For consideration, a nominee is required to meet the following:

  • • The medal recognises a lifetime of achievement and excellence in research.
  • A record of sustained academic excellence in the social sciences and/or humanities, including publications and student supervision (master’s and doctoral degrees)
  • • An international reputation for their scholarship, including international collaborations, leading research projects and evident visibility
  • • A strong record of contribution to the public’s understanding of social sciences and/or humanities in the area/theme of their scholarship
  • • Evidence of meaningful, impactful work over an extended period, e.g. impact on public policy, research use, knowledge translation, social change, community interventions, etc.
  • • Contribution to the social sciences and humanities in terms of social justice scholarship
  • • Nominees are required to live and work in South Africa.



Nomination form: https://www.usaf.ac.za/established-researcher-award-nomination-form/

CRITERIA FOR MID-CAREER RESEARCHER AWARD
For consideration, a nominee must have the following:

  • • A record of sustained academic excellence in the social sciences and humanities of at least 10 years, including publications and student supervision (master’s and doctoral degrees)
  • • A record indicative of international reputation for their scholarship
  • • A strong record of contribution to the public’s understanding of social sciences and/or humanities in the area/theme of their scholarship
  • • Evidence of meaningful, impactful work over an extended period, e.g. impact on public policy, social change, community interventions etc.
  • • Contribution to the social sciences and humanities in terms of social justice scholarship
  • • Nominees are required to live and work in South Africa.



Nomination form: https://www.usaf.ac.za/mid-career-researcher-award-nominee-form/

CRITERIA FOR EMERGING RESEARCHER AWARD
For consideration, a nominee must have the following:

  • • A record of sustained academic excellence in the social sciences and humanities of at least 5 years
  • • A record indicative of developing an international reputation for their scholarship
  • • A strong record of contribution to the public’s understanding of social sciences and/or humanities in the area/theme of their scholarship
  • • Evidence of meaningful, impactful work over an extended period, e.g. impact on public policy, social change, community interventions etc.
  • • Contribution to the social sciences and humanities in terms of social justice scholarship
  • • Nominees are required to be under 35, reside and work in South Africa.



Nomination form: https://www.usaf.ac.za/emerging-researcher-category-form/

CRITERIA FOR THE TEAM AWARD

  • • Teams should be able to demonstrate their contribution to South Africa’s understanding of social justice scholarship.
  • • Teams should demonstrate their contributions to diversity and inclusion in their science and research work.
  • • A record of sustained academic excellence in the social sciences and humanities, recent collaboration with outputs, and an international reputation for their scholarship
  • • A strong record of contribution to the public’s understanding of the social sciences and/or humanities in the area/theme of their scholarship
  • • Evidence of meaningful, impactful work over a period, e.g. impact on public policy, community interventions etc.
  • • Contribution to the social sciences and humanities in terms of social justice scholarship

Nomination form: https://www.usaf.ac.za/team-award-form/

Closing date for submissions: 15 February 2023

AWARD CEREMONY

The hybrid awards ceremony will be hosted on 13 April 2023.

FORM OF AWARD

  • Established Researcher: Medal and a monetary award of R50 000.00
  • Emerging Researcher: Trophy and a monetary award of R30 000.00
  • Mid-Career Researcher: Trophy and a total monetary award for the team of R30 000.00
  • Team: Trophy and a total monetary award for the team of R30 000.00

Enquiries can be directed to Mahlatse Mpya (MMpya@hsrc.ac.za) and Nolusindiso Kayi (nolusindiso@helm.ac.za)