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24 April 2017

HSRC to recognise outstanding contributions in the social sciences and humanities

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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To recognise scientists and researchers who have contributed positively to the social sciences and humanities, the Human Sciences Research Council invites nominations for the HSRC Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

The Medal is awarded on an annual basis to a scholar who has made an outstanding contribution through his or her research and publications in any discipline and field in the social sciences and humanities.

Overarching criteria
For consideration, a nominee must have the following:

  1. A record of sustained academic excellence in the social sciences and humanities;
  2. An international reputation for his or her scholarship;
  3. A strong record of contribution to the public’s understanding of social sciences and/or humanities
  4. Evidence of meaningful, impactful work over a period of time, e.g. impact on public policy, community interventions etc.

Qualifying criteria
Nominees must live and work in South Africa

Nomination process
Nominations must be submitted in writing, as per the attached format and can be e-mailed to the Director Stakeholder Relations and Communications, Ms Manusha Pillai on
Nominations will be accepted until 30 June 2017.

Selection and awarding
The HSRC will appoint an adjudication panel which will consider the nominations and select a winner.
The award will be presented during a ceremony hosted by the HSRC on the 31 August 2017.

Form of award
A medal and a monetary prize of R50 000.

Enquiries can be directed to Manusha Pillai at

Notes to the Editor

About the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.

The Council conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific research for public sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:

Manusha Pillai
Mobile:  082 389 3587

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