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06 April 2023

HSRC-USAf Awards to honour academics who contributed immensely to social justice projects

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Human Sciences Research Council

Pretoria, Wednesday, 5 April 2023 Corresponding with Freedom Month, the 2022–2023 HSRC-USAf Awards for Social Sciences and Humanities will honour researchers who have contributed immensely to social justice projects. The awards ceremony will be held at Maslow Time Square (209B Aramist Avenue, Menlyn, Pretoria) on 13 April 2023 from 10h00.

Organised by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Universities South Africa (USAf), the awards acknowledge scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the social sciences and humanities through their research.

This year, these prestigious academic awards aim to recognise research excellence under the “Social Justice” theme.

Under this theme, the adjudication panel has identified 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.

The theme is in line with the HSRC’s vision that positions the council as a global centre of excellence in the human and social sciences, focusing on pressing issues facing South Africa. Such issues include poverty alleviation, reducing the inequality gap, and expanding decent work opportunities.

The award ceremony will feature live performances by Tumi Mogorosi and a keynote address by Prof Achille Mbembe. Radio and TV personality Brenda Sisane will serve as the programme director.

Over 30 nominations have been received for this year’s awards, and the awards will be presented in four categories: Emerging Researcher, Mid-career Researcher, Established Researcher, Established Researcher and Team.

The Emerging Research category will receive a trophy and a monetary award of R30 000.00, while the Mid-career Researcher category will receive a trophy and a total monetary award of R40 000.00. The Established Researcher category will receive a medal and a monetary award of R60 000.00, and the Team category will receive a trophy and a total monetary award of R40 000.00 for the team.

The awards ceremony, to be attended physically, promises to be an exciting event that celebrates the achievements of researchers who have contributed immensely to social justice projects. Management and the boards of the two institutions congratulate all nominees and look forward to honouring the winners.

Details of the event:

Date:                 13 April 2023

Time:                 9h00 for 10h00

Venue:              Maslow Time Square (209B Aramist Avenue, Menlyn, Pretoria)

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Notes to the Editor

About Universities South Africa (USAf)

Universities South Africa is a representative association of South Africa’s 26 public universities. Through our 2020–2025 strategic framework, we envisage an engaged higher education system responsive to South African and global challenges through the creation of new cohorts of organic intellectuals and high-quality knowledge production. The Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities aligns with USAf’s mission to build the capacity of South Africa’s higher education system as an internationally competitive system that effectively engages and responds to society through its knowledge project.

We are a non-profit, non-statutory, voluntary and membership association.

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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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