Invitation to express interest in bursaries

2011-01-15 Invitation to express interest in bursaries



"Managing ICTs in South African Education"

´╗┐Expressions of interest invited for Research Bursaries


A new three-year research project funded by the South African National Research Foundation and based at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is examining the ways in which information and communications technology contributes to South African education, at all levels of education and at all points in the processes of education. The project will be focused on the management of ICTs in education, and it will not be confined to specific areas of investigation, such as e-learning and learning management systems. Rather, the scope of the project will be broad and concern ed with any aspect of ICT management in an educational context.

The project is a partnership between CPUT, the University of Cape Town and the University of Limpopo. It will develop around a meta-study (an in-depth review of existing reported work) and it provides opportunities for individual research (within the general area of interest) at masters, doctoral or post-doctoral level.

The objectives of the project are:
- to establish where investments in ICT in education can be most effective,
- to develop a reference model for ICTs in education, and
- to develop a knowledge base that will be useful to all those involved in education in South Africa.

Preliminary information about the project can be found at http://saicted.wikispaces.com, including details of the project, its objectives, research questions, work plan, and team composition.

The project expects to offer the following bursaries:

- A post-doctoral bursary of R80,000 for one year, renewable on satisfactory performance for a second year.
- A full-time doctoral bursary of R60,000 for three years, renewable annually on satisfactory performance.
- One full-time masters bursary of R40,000 in each of the three years of the project (hence only one immediately available), not renewable.
- One part-time masters bursary of R20,000 for one year, renewable on satisfactory performance for a second year.

Doctoral and Masters bursaries will be available to South African researchers; post-doctoral bursaries will be open to all qualified applicants.

Expressions of interest are now invited and should be sent by email before 27th January 2010, to Professor Andy Bytheway at bythewaya@cput.ac.za. At this stage comprehensive CVs should be provided with a covering letter motivating your interest and indicating what personal research might be pursued and at what level.

The formal application process will follow shortly, and will involve a number of web-based tasks intended to demonstrate a working understanding of ICTs, education, management, and research processes.