Stellenbosch University: Lisa Maskell / PANGeA Scholarship SA

About Stellenbosch University and Gerda Henkel Foundation

Stellenbosch University is one of the leading public universities located in Stellenbosch, South Africa. There are ten faculties in the university. One of them, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, offers a bursary to a selected number of students every year.

The bursaries are offered in collaboration with the Gerda Henkel Foundation. It is a non-profit organization held privately and set up by Lisa Maskell in memory of her mother, Gerda Henkel. Set up in 1976 in Düsseldorf, the foundation aims to promote humanities studies at universities and research institutes.

Gerda Henkel Foundation started operations in Africa and Southeast Asia in 2014. Since then, it has been offering scholarships and supporting humanities projects.

Stellenbosch University: Lisa Maskell Scholarship

In partnership with Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Arts and Social Science Faculty at Stellenbosch University is offering scholarships to eligible students.

Known as the Lisa Maskell-PANGeA (Partnership for Africa’s Next Generation of Academics) scholarship, it is meant for Arts and Social Sciences students.

Stellenbosch University Lisa Maskell / PANGeA Scholarship


For the academic year 2023, the scholarships will be awarded to PhD students who want to conduct research in Historical Humanities.

Each scholarship is valued at R 420,000. It will be paid over three years. You can spend it on the following:

  • Tuition fees
  • Research activities including writing retreat
  • Conference attendance fees
  • Publication expenses

Students have to pay for other expenses they may incur during the PhD programme.

Please note that the scholarship does not include an Honours programme. Nor does it include coursework MA programmes that have a thesis component under 180 credits.

Eligibility Criteria

The foundation and the university have laid out certain eligibility criteria for the scholarship. Everyone applying for it is required to fulfill all the criteria. Since the foundation receives hundreds of applications and the scholarships are limited, it rejects those that do not meet all the requirements. So cross-check with the eligibility criteria before applying, which are:

  • Must be residing in one of the sub-Saharan African countries
  • Must not be older than 35 years at the time of applying
  • Must have finished a full MA research thesis
  • Must be willing to pursue a full-time PhD degree and undertake research projects in the Historical Humanities field
  • Must be willing to study at the Stellenbosch University in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Must be entering their first year of PhD studies in the upcoming academic year
  • Must have scored at least 70% in the final year of the last degree you have completed

Fulfilling the eligibility criteria, however, does not guarantee scholarship funding. It’s at the sole discretion of the foundation selection committee. Preference is given to those students who are from PANGeA partner institutions. The list of candidates published by the foundation will be considered final.

How to Apply?

If you fulfill all the eligibility criteria, move forward with the application process. It’s a short process that’ll take no more than an hour to complete. However, you should be diligent and not rush through it.

Here are the steps to apply for the Lisa Maskell-PANGeA scholarship:

The first step is to download and complete the Lisa Maskell-PANGeA Application Form. It’s in DOCX format, and you’d need a Word Processor to open and fill out the form. It asks you about your details, academic details, financial health, and current employment status. Read the instructions at the top carefully and complete the application form without any typo errors.

Documents Required

The next step is to scan and submit the necessary documents. These are needed to process your application. The list of required documents is as follows:

  • ID documents for South African citizens.
  • Passport, for international students.
  • Full academic record or transcript.
  • MA degree certificate (or equivalent for foreign students). If the certificate is not available, submit an official proof from the university that you’ll submit it by March 2023.
  • A 600-word motivational letter supporting your application. (read our article about writing a motivational letter)
  • A pre-proposal of your research idea.
  • Sample of your writing (any published work or MA thesis)

You need to email your application and the scanned documents to For the subject line, insert Lisa Maskell Scholarship Application.

Closing Date

Currently closed for application. Please check back later for the updated opening and closing date of this bursary.

Contact Details

For more details, get in touch with Dr. Candice Steele at

Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here:

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