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Media Policy and Democracy Project Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellowship
 
We are pleased to inform you about the Media Policy and Democracy Project (University of South Africa, or Unisa, and Rhodes University) call for applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship on media diversity and transformation in South Africa.

The Media Policy and Democracy Project is a joint collaborative research project between the Department of Communication Science at Unisa, and the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University which was launched in 2012, and aims to promote participatory media and communications policymaking in the public interest in South Africa. The project involves three thematic areas:
·         media diversity and transformation

·         media accountability and media freedom

·         communications policy and the public interest

 
The project seeks to fund exceptional candidates wishing to undertake a Postdoctoral Fellowship on media policy, media diversity and transformation. The Fellowship is funded by the Open Society Foundation.
 
The project offers a grant of R160 000.00 (tax free) for a postdoctoral student for one year. The grant is reviewable for a second year depending on performance and the availability of funds. Apart from receiving the chance to complete a Fellowship, the successful applicant will be required to act as a research assistant to the Media Policy and Democracy Project, providing the excellent opportunity of gaining valuable research experience.
 
Eligibility
Applicants must:
 
·         Be available to enrol for a full time Postdoctoral Fellowship
·         Be available to act as a part-time research assistant for the Media Policy and Democracy Project
·         Submit a letter of support from the Lead Supervisor from their previous degree
·         Undertake the research within South Africa
·         Have a Doctoral degree in a related discipline, for example journalism and media studies, communication science, or a relevant Humanities degree.
·         Submit a two page initial proposal outlining their specific area of interest and a preliminary research problem
·         Submit a research report that demonstrates their ability to work independently. This can be their final research report based on their Doctoral research or a relevant chapter from their Doctoral degree or an article in an academic journal.

 
Candidates can apply if they obtain their Doctoral degree NO LATER than March/April 2013.
 
Selection Criteria
·         The research grant will support original research that addresses clear research question(s), employs appropriate and rigorous design and has a clear national policy implication(s)
·         Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply
·         Candidates must demonstrate interest and willingness to participate in the broader Media Policy and Democracy research project

Evaluation Criteria
The applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
·         Candidate’s academic background and potential to develop a strong research
·         career
·         Relevance of their initial proposal to the Media Policy and Democracy Project
·         An interview with the lead researchers of the Media Policy and Democracy Project

How to apply
Applicants are required to submit the following documents:
 
·         Cover letter
·         A personal statement
·         Curriculum Vitae
·         Certified Transcripts
·         Two reference letters (one of which must come from a faculty member with extensive knowledge of the applicant’s academic history and performance)
·         Initial two page research proposal
·         Sample research report

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline for application
28 February 2013
Complete applications must be addressed to Prof. Jane Duncan, Highway Africa Chair of Media and Information Society, School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, and sent to jane.duncan@ru.ac.za by the deadline.

No applications will be received after the deadline
Only SHORTLISTED applicants will be contacted
Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 15 March 2013
Applicants who have not been contacted on the notification day, should note that their application was not successful.

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