Nuclear History Fellowship, NPIHP, Monash University, South Africa

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Monash South Africa, a partner of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP), is pleased to announce a 3-month research fellowship to a scholar studying South Africa’s nuclear history, in particular relating to its nuclear weapons programme, collaboration with other countries, and non-proliferation policies. South Africa was the first country to develop, and then voluntarily destroy a nuclear weapons arsenal before acceding to the NPT. Its nuclear history and policies therefore represent a unique case in the history of international arms control measures, non-proliferation and non-alignment.

The fellowship, made possible by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will provide a unique opportunity to conduct research on declassified material in various archives in South Africa, in particular the Archive of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (previously the Department of Foreign Affairs) and the Department of Defence Documentation Centre. The fellow will also have access to a rich collection of databases and South African newspapers through the Monash University library.

One research fellowship of three months is available. Candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds (government, the corporate world, professions, and academia) are encouraged to apply. The fellowship will be awarded on the basis of academic and professional accomplishments, as well as the candidates’ ability to connect research conducted during their proposed fellowship to their own ongoing body of academic research. A PhD and evidence of publications beyond the doctoral dissertation is preferable; however, applications from candidates nearing completion of a PhD will also be considered.

Fellowship Details
The duration of the fellowship is three months, to be taken up between 1 June and 15 December 2011. The value of the fellowship is 100,000 ZAR (approximately 15,000 USD). The successful applicant will be considered an independent researcher rather than an employee of Monash South Africa, and therefore will not be eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance; however, office space as well as access to the Monash South Africa library, digital resources and the Internet will be made available. The successful applicant will be responsible for obtaining a relevant South African visa.

How to Apply
The deadline for applications is 12 May 2011. Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, a CV, one letter of recommendation, and a proposal (maximum 1,000 words) outlining the project and the work they propose to conduct.

Please direct all application materials and inquiries to Anna-Mart van Wyk at

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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