The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the FirstRand Foundation (FRF) have partnered to pursue the goal of increasing the proportion of suitably qualified Black African academic staff and academic staff with disabilities, at South African public universities, by establishing the Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP).
The NRF issues a Call for Proposals for BAAP annually. This Call will be accompanied by a detailed NRF Application and Funding Guide explaining the information to be included in the NRF online application. Applicants will be invited to apply for funding in one (1) of the following two (2) tracks:
? PhD Track: for applicants registered for a PhD degree; and
? Post-PhD Track: for applicants intending to pursue Post-PhD research training.
In the context of higher education, a PhD qualification is a requirement for undertaking high quality research and supervising PhD students. The production and support of emerging researchers, i.e. those that are on the path to becoming established researchers, is also a prerequisite to promote globally competitive research and innovation. The NRF therefore promotes the research development of emerging researchers, employed at South African public universities, from the pre-PhD level to the attainment of an NRF rating.
This programme is a directed intervention aimed at promoting the development of Black academics specifically, Black South African citizens and academic staff with disabilities, by accelerating the training of PhD and Post-PhD candidates to enhance their research training and accelerate their progression to become established researchers
In light of the above, the objectives of the Black Academics Advancement Programme are to:
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The following general eligibility criteria apply to all applicants:
? Applicants must be Black, South African citizens or South African citizens with a disability;
? Applicants must hold a permanent, full-time academic appointment at one of the 26 public universities in South Africa, or a fixed-term appointment that extends for the full grant period plus one additional year.
? Applicants must not have received or hold a valid NRF A, B, C, or P rating at the time of commencement of the programme. Should an NRF Evaluation and Rating application and the BAAP application be submitted simultaneously and both are successful, then the BAAP grant will not be awarded.
? This grant may not be held concurrently with a Thuthuka Grant. In cases where the BAAP and Thuthuka applications are submitted simultaneously and both are successful, then the Thuthuka grant will not be awarded.
? New Generation Academics Programme (nGAP) scholars are excluded from applying to this Call.
The following eligibility criteria will apply, at the time of application, in respect of the PhD Track.
? Be registered for a PhD degree in any discipline;
? Not be older than forty five (45) years of age;
? Have a proposed PhD research project, supported by the nominated supervisor.
This is a compulsory report which must be submitted electronically via the Reference Section of the application.
The following eligibility criteria will apply, at the time of application, in respect of the PostPhD Track.
? Not be older than forty five (45) years of age; and
? Have completed a PhD degree within five (5) years of the time of application
The selection of successful candidates for this grant will be guided by the principles outlined below.
For more details,visit BAAP website