The Smuts Memorial Fund was established after the death of Jan Christiaan Smuts, Prime Minister of South Africa and Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, for the advancement of Commonwealth Studies in the University. A range of funding opportunities are available to both staff and students for this purpose including research grants, PhD scholarships and library grants. A number of Fellowships across the University are supported by the Fund including the Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship.
The Fund is managed by a Board of Managers, which meets termly. The International Student Team supports the Board of Managers in administering the fund.
More information on the work of the Smuts Fund can be found on these webpages.
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The Smuts Managers consider applications for research grants termly with the deadline for applications being 1st October, 1st January and 1st March. Research Grants are available to departments conducting projects in the field of Commonwealth Studies, and graduate students and senior members of the University who would like financial assistance when carrying out research or study that contributes to the advancement of Commonwealth Studies.
The Smuts Memorial Fund elects a Smuts Visiting Research Fellow each year, in association with a Visiting Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, to come to Cambridge to carry out research for 9 months.
A select number of Cambridge libraries are invited to apply for funding of up to £1000 for purchases in the field of Commonwealth Studies. The deadline for applications is 1st October.
The Smuts Fund and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust annually fund up to two international students on PhD courses.
A successful applicant:
- may be a citizen of any country outside the EU
- must be liable for fees at the overseas rate (see Your Fee Status)
- must apply to study a PhD at the University of Cambridge and be offered admission (see Prospective Graduate Students)
- must complete Section B of the application form to indicate that s/he wishes to be considered for scholarship funding, and must submit the completed application by the published deadline (normally at the start of December in the year before the start of the PhD)
- must propose a PhD research topic that is specifically related to a Commonwealth country or countries (excluding the UK), normally in the fields of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Each scholarship will be awarded for three years, and will pay the University Composition Fee and an annual stipend sufficient for a single person. The scholarships are tenable at any College within the University of Cambridge.
The Smuts Managers contribute towards the funding of Research Associates in the Centre of African Studies and the Centre for South Asian Studies. These are three year research posts which are advertised by the Centres when the posts are available.
The current Smuts Research Associate at the Centre of African Studies, appointed in 2012, is Dr George Karakwaivanane.
The current Smuts Research Associate at the Centre for South Asian Studies is Dr Devika Singh.
For information about the Smuts Visiting Fellowship in African Studies, please see the Centre of African Studies website.
The Chair has been held by a number of distinguished academics. Current Smuts Professor, Professor Megan Vaughan, was appointed in 2003. Professor Vaughan is also a Manager of the Smuts Fund.
The Managers fund a biennial series of four lectures offered by a distinguished practitioner, which address topics of interest in Commonwealth Studies. The lectures are organised in conjunction with a department or faculty in such a way as to be integrated into that institution's own teaching plans.