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09 February 2023

Submission date for the 2022/23 HSRC-USAf CEO Awards nominations extended

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Pretoria, Thursday, 9 February 2023The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and Universities South Africa (USAf), announces that the closing date for the submission of nominations for the HSRC-USAf CEO Awards has been extended to 24 February 2023.

The HSRC and USAf annually award and 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 HSRC and USAf CEOs will 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.

The awards will be awarded in four categories; namely, Established Researcher Medal, Mid-Career Researcher Award, Emerging Researcher Award, and the Team Award. The prize money for the awards has also been increased.

Prize categories are:

  • Established Researcher: Medal and a monetary award of R60 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 R40 000.00
  • Team: Trophy and a total monetary award for the team of R40 000.00

For information on the criteria and nomination forms click on the link below:

Closing date for submissions: 24 February 2023

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

Enquiries can be directed to Mahlatse Mpya ( and Nolusindiso Kayi (

Dr Lucky Ditaunyane, Cell: 0832276074, Email: Nematandani, Cell: 0827659191, Email:

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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 organizations, and international development agencies. Research activities and structures are closely aligned with South Africa’s national development priorities.

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