Generations for Peace – ICESSD scholarship opportunities


The University of the Western Cape / Interdisciplinary Centre for Sport Science and Development (ICESSD) is pleased to announce prestigious postgraduate scholarship opportunities available through the partnership with Generations For Peace

15 December 2013: The University of the Western Cape and Generations For Peace have embarked on a multi-disciplinary postgraduate development research programme on Sport for Peace and Development. The programme offers exciting opportunities for postgraduate students to do their PhD with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Sport Sciences and Development (ICESSD) at the University of Western Cape in niche areas that will impact on Sport for Peace and Development.

The following 2014 Scholarship opportunities are available:

One Postgraduate Scholarship of R 120000 (PhD full-time) per annum


Two Postgraduate Scholarships of R 60000 (PhD part-time) per annum.

Scholarships will be awarded for one year at a time, with renewal up to three years dependent on evidence of excellent work and satisfactory progress.

Research projects should include disciplines located within the Faculties of Arts, Community & Health Sciences; Economic and Management Sciences; Education, Law and/or Natural Sciences. Research projects should focus on the use of sport for peace building, notably sport-based approaches to conflict transformation to address local issues of conflict and violence at the grass roots in communities.

Eligibility criteria:

– Applicants must be enrolled or will enrol at the University of Western Cape for the PhD degree

– Applications are invited from existing or prospective Doctoral students, preferably from disadvantaged backgrounds, who have a keen interest in Sport for Peace and Development

– Applicants’ previous or existing involvement in development and community initiatives is a strong recommendation

– Applicants must have demonstrated potential for excellence and efficiency in research

– Applicants’ Research Proposal must be approved by the PhD supervisor or by the Thesis Committee

– Applicants must have fulfilled all institutional academic requirements

– Applicants must have completed all course work and passed the comprehensive examination (if applicable)

– The proposed research must take place within Sub-Saharan Africa

– Both South Africans and non-South Africans are eligible to apply.

Closing date for applications:

15 February 2014.
Postgraduate applicants should submit:

– CV with enough detail to enable us to judge your research quality and your involvement in Sport for Peace and Development issues

– A covering letter indicating whether you are applying for a full-time or part-time doctoral scholarship

– Names and contact details of at least two referees who are able to comment on your abilities and efficiency as a researcher

– Any academic record and/or additional evidence of your quality and efficiency as a researcher

– A one-page statement of your particular interest in the research area (what you propose investigating and how this fits into the project), and in working as part of a research team

– An interest in Sport for Peace and Development is welcomed.

For further information on application requirements, please contact Mrs Anita Fredericks (ICESSD/UWC:; or call (021) 959 3859). Referees should forward confidential referee reports directly to this address.

For more information about the Sport for Peace and Development, Research Project, please contact Prof. Marion Keim (ICESSD/UWC:; or Mrs Anita Fredericks (ICESSD/UWC:; or call (021) 959 3859).

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Generations For Peace (GFP) is a Jordan-based global non-profit organisation founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein and Sarah Kabbani Al-Feisal, dedicated to sustainable peace building and conflict transformation through sport, arts, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment.

By providing unique training and continuous support and mentoring to volunteer leaders of youth, GFP empowers them to lead and cascade change in their communities, promoting active tolerance and responsible citizenship and working at the grass roots to address local issues of conflict and violence. Different contexts include inter-tribal, inter-ethnic, and inter-religious violence; gender inequality; post-conflict trauma response, reconciliation and reintegration; exclusion of minorities including IDPs, refugees and people with a disability; and challenges of integration in multi-cultural societies. Conflict sensitivity, and the full participation and empowerment of girls and women, are integrated into GFP’s approach.

In the last six years, GFP has trained and mentored more than 8,300 volunteer leaders of youth in 50 countries and territories in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. With GFP’s continuous support, their ongoing programmes address local issues of conflict and violence, and have touched the lives of more than 213,000 children, youth and adults.

GFP is listed in the “Top 100 NGOs in the World” for 2013 by The Global Journal, and is one of only two peace-through-sport organisations recognised by the International Olympic Committee.