Deadline: 15 February 2022

The National Institute for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NIHSS) and the South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) invite suitably qualified researchers and postgraduate students in South African universities and research institutes to apply for the BRICS Research and Teaching Mobility Grants. The objective of the BRICS research and teaching initiative is to provide a platform for researchers and academics to exchange ideas and to generate evidence-based policy recommendations in the identified BRICS thematic areas.

The themes are:

  • Promoting cooperation for economic growth and development.
  • The maintaining of peace and security.
  • Social justice, sustainable development, and quality of life.
  • Political and economic governance.
  • Achieving progress by sharing knowledge and innovation.

Funding in this program will support South African researchers, academics, and postgraduate students (at Masters and Doctoral levels) undertaking research and teaching endeavors at BRICS universities and research institutes. Funding will also support South African research institutes and think tanks to co-host policy dialogues with the SABTT and publish policy briefs on BRICS thematic issues.

As part of its Digital Humanities approach, the NIHSS strongly encourages BRICS Mobilities applicants to incorporate digital tools, techniques, and platforms in the implementation of their research and teaching endeavors. Such examples include but are not limited to the following:

  • Holding online digital teaching exchanges among countries across the Global South;
  • Integrating digital tools and techniques into research design;
  • Creating online repositories and archives based on the research undertaken; and
  • Disseminating research outputs to wider audiences, using technology, via online policy dialogues co-hosted with the SABTT, workshops, seminars, etc.


  • Only South African citizens are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time postgraduate students must currently be registered for either a master’s Ph.D./Doctoral program in a South African public university.
  • A South African-based academic or researcher must invite scholars and researchers based in another BRIC country.


  • The Grant is awarded for a maximum period of twelve (12) months.


  • Applications will be considered based on scientific and technical merit.
  • Applications should outline the framework for establishing long-term collaborations with BRICS-based researchers and institutions of choice.
  • The proposal should promote equality and redress/capacity-building if the researcher applies for South African postgraduate students (Master’s Doctoral). Therefore, only proposals not exceeding R300 000.00 will be considered.


  1. Application forms can be accessed at: upon registration
  2. A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae/resume.
  3. A proposal detailing the aims, objectives, and intended outcomes, timeframes of the project, and itemized budget – maximum of 1000 words.
  4. Work outline: a detailed outline of the proposed activities to operationalize the project, bearing in mind that the Grant is tenable for a maximum of twelve (12) months.
  5. Letter of recommendation from a host African university and the Dean (including the supervisor’s request for postgraduate students) confirms the applicant’s capacity to undertake the proposed activity if the Grant is awarded.
  6. All applications will be reviewed.

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