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07 December 2021

HSRC – USAf Awards

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Medal for Social Sciences and Humanities

Recognising Engaged Scholarship

Human Sciences Research Council(HSRC) & Universities South Africa (USAf)

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), in partnership with Universities South Africa (USAf ), invite nominees for the HSRC – USAf Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities. The Medal is awarded annually to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to scholarship in the social sciences and humanities through their research. The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to re-imagine the role of all branches of scientific activity in addressing pressing societal challenges. During this time, the need for credible science to inform decision-making has been crucial.

Emphasis has been placed on collaborative research in partnership with key constituencies and the value of engaged scholarship in democratising knowledge, closing the gap between knowledge production and societal impact and allowing the public to shape the discourse around public policy. In 2021 several Academics and Researchers have demonstrated these key characteristics of engaged scholarship in their work, namely: participatory, engaged, action research, co-production of knowledge and inclusive public engagement with science. The 2021/2022 HSRC/USAf awards aim to recognise this research excellence under the “Engaged Scholarship” theme. 

Nominations are invited for the following categories:

–  Established Researcher

–  Emerging Researcher

–  Team Awards (2) 

To download the call for nominations and nomination form please click on the links below:

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)