The Centre for African Studies (CAS) is a department within UCT's Graduate School of Humanities whose teaching and research focuses on interdisciplinary studies within an African and global context. Constituted in 1976, CAS built on the work of the School of African Studies which was one of the oldest of its field, having been in existence for over five decades.
Students enrolled in courses and programmes in the centre work in a uniquely dynamic, engaging and interdisciplinary postgraduate space. As part of a dedicated graduate and research environment, the opportunity is provided to benefit from contact with leading scholars, visiting associates, distinguished guests of the centre and resident academics.
Teaching and supervision within the centre is conducted through predominately small seminars, enabling student participation at all levels as well as individual engagement with academic supervisors and critics for research projects. Our academics support students and projects that explore critical issues in the context of Africa. These include a range of genres and media, from conventional dissertations to creative writing, to design and using multiple media.
Funding opportunities exist for both postgraduate students and staff at UCT.
The Jack Simons Bursary is available to students who are studying for a Diploma and Honours degree in the Centre for African Studies and who have permanent residence in the African Continent. Selection criteria are based on academic merit and equity. The award granted is currently R10000.
The Harry Oppenheimer Scholarship is available to Masters and Doctoral students residing in the African Continent who are undertaking research in the area of African Studies. Selection criteria are based on academic merit and equity. The award is worth R20000.