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Fulbright Visiting Scholars Programme information session

23 June 2015

Transcript

The Fulbright Visiting Scholars Programme information session was hosted by the Department of Research and Innovation Support (DRIS). The session, which was presented by Mr EJ Monster, Cultural Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy, covered everything related to the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Programme.

My name is EJ Monster.

I’m the Cultural Affairs Officer at the American Embassy. I manage a number of programmes, one of which is the Fulbright Programme.

I want to introduce my colleague, Margot Moore. Margot primarily works with our programmes for American scholars coming to South Africa. But Margot will be covering the portfolio of the South Africa scholars going to the US.

Some very general background here. You’ve all heard of Fulbright, we have a former Fulbright participant here so thank you very much for jumping in for any thoughts you have about Fulbright if I miss anything. Fulbright is our premier educational exchange programme that we run in over 150 countries around the world. We have been running the Fulbright programme here is SA since 1953, in fact our very first grantee from South Africa to go to the US on a Fulbright programme was from the University of Pretoria. A music professor. It’s that name I have a hard time pronouncing again…

Grové.

Grové. Exactly. He passed away I think two years ago. But was a very well-known music professor here. He went to Harvard on the Fulbright programme. He was South Africa’s very first Fulbright grantee.

I would just preface by saying that you are a fantastic institution and you [have] a wonderful track record with Fulbright.

We established Fulbright in the US in 1946. It’s primarily funded by the us congress; named after senator j William Fulbright from Arkansas who thought, and really frankly, thought the idea was hopefully with more interaction and educational exchange between people of the united states and people of the world, then we wouldn’t have any future world war three ec cetera ec cetera. And I think he has been somewhat successful since then. So the programme is run by the State Department, which is our Ministry of Foreign Affairs - the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

When we talk about Fulbright, there are actually several Fulbright programmes. We have actually nine different Fulbright programmes that we offer for South Africans so it’s not just one Fulbright programme. We have the, probably our largest and most known, is the Fulbright student programme or Fulbright visiting student programme which is for students who wish to get a masters or PhD degree in the US. That’s not the programme that I am here to talk about today.

Obviously you all are at a different point in your careers but I’ll just throw that out there for you to know that it’s out there. We receive over 300 applications every year for approximately 20 grants or scholarships for South Africans to go to the US every year to do their masters or PhD.

Download the full transcript for this session: Fulbright Visiting Scholars Programme information session transcript.pdf

Download presentation: 2015 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Outreach presentation.ppt

Download presentation: 2015 Fulbright Visiting Scholar Outreach presentation.pdf

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H. Humphrey Programme information session

23 June 2015


Transcript

The H. Humphrey Programme information session was hosted by the Department of Research and Innovation Support (DRIS). The session, which was presented by Mr EJ Monster, Cultural Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy, covered everything related to the H Humphrey Programme.

I can speak briefly about the Humphrey Programme. I didn’t bring the materials for the Humphrey Programme. I apologise in advance.
But Margot and I also work on the Humphrey Programme.

Very quickly: the Fulbright visiting scholar programme and the Fulbright programme is very academic; Humphrey, not so much. Humphrey is a more practical sort of hands-on-experience type of programme. Humphrey is also one academic year in the US, also on the academic calendar of the US so from august until May. The main difference with Humphrey is that you spend the first semester on the campus of the university, a university that you do not get to choose.

So with the visiting scholar programme, you are applying with your choice of university in mind. Humphrey, we assign you to the university and there’s usually five or seven universities around the country that participate in the Humphrey programme based on certain fields. With Humphrey there are only certain academic fields in which you can apply. So all of that is on our website. You can take a look and see what those fields are. Law is one. As Ninette mentioned we have someone from the University of Pretoria law clinic, I think one of the law clinics or something, currently in the US on the Humphrey programme. So basically you go for one semester and you take courses at the university to update your theoretical knowledge on your topic of interest in your academic field.

Download full transcript for this session: H Humphrey Programme information session transcript.pdf

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University of Pretoria Research Development Programme (RDP) information session


Ninette Mouton, Research Grants Manager at the Department of Research and Innovation Support (DRIS), talks to Abigail Siwele about the University of Pretoria’s Research Development Programme (RDP).

Siwele has been co-ordinating the RDP for the past 6 years so she is the go-to officer if you want to apply for this programme. She is responsible for screening the applications.

It’s a bi-annual call, funded by the University of Pretoria. It provides seed funding to new academic researchers that have just joined the University. It was created to help researchers new to the institution develop their research.

The first call is advertised at the end of January and the funds are awarded in April.
The second round opens in August and the funds are awarded in November/December. Here, researchers have the option of carrying it over to the following academic year.

The closing date for this round is 18 September 2015.




Documents

You can download the 2015 RDP formal call, application form and guidelines here:

» RDP 2015 CALL.docx

» RDP 2015 APPLICATION FORM.doc

» RDP 2015 GUIDELINES.doc

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Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) Agriculture Research call information

DRIS met with the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) to discuss the Agriculture Research Call.

Research Grants Manager from DRIS, Ninette Mouton, spoke to the Department's Directorate: Research and Technology Development Services (RTDS) team Charles Manyaga and Shandu Netshifhefhe.



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