How to Apply for Stellenbosch University Lisa Maskell Scholarships 2025

Stellenbosch University, in partnership with the Gerda Henkel Foundation, is excited to announce the availability of the Lisa Maskell Scholarships for the 2025 academic year. This prestigious scholarship is designed to support outstanding PhD students in the Historical Humanities field. If you are passionate about pursuing a PhD in areas such as Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, or History, this scholarship could be your gateway to advanced academic and research opportunities at one of South Africa’s premier universities.

About the Scholarship Provider – Stellenbosch University & Gerda Henkel Foundation

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University is a vibrant hub of academic excellence, offering a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Arts, Languages, and Social Sciences. Established in memory of Gerda Henkel by her daughter Lisa Maskell, the Gerda Henkel Foundation has been promoting humanities research since 1976. The foundation has been instrumental in supporting scholars from Africa and Southeast Asia since 2014.

About the Gerda Henkel Stiftung Foundation – Lisa Maskell Scholarship Programme

The Lisa Maskell Scholarship, in collaboration with Stellenbosch University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, invites applications for full-time PhD studies in Historical Humanities. This includes fields like Archaeology, Art History, Historical Islamic Studies, History, History of Law, History of Science, Prehistory, and Early History. Additionally, research topics within cultural studies, political science, and social sciences that address contemporary issues in a larger historical context are also eligible.

The scholarship offers a maximum value of R450,000 over three years, with additional research support costs amounting to R62,000.

Eligibility Requirements for the Lisa Maskell Scholarship

To be eligible for the Lisa Maskell Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be from an African country
  • Not older than 35 years old
  • Completed a full MA research thesis
  • Intend to study full-time towards a PhD in one of the listed Historical Humanities fields
  • Able to commence studies in February 2025
  • Apply to study at Stellenbosch University within the Graduate School of the Arts and Social Science Faculty
  • Must contact the relevant department in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and obtain a letter of recommendation confirming supervisory capacity
  • Have an excellent academic record
  • Achieved a minimum result of 70% in the final year of the most recent degree completed
  • Preference will be given to students from PANGeA partner institutions

How to Apply for the Lisa Maskell Scholarship

  1. Download and complete the application form: Stellenbosch University Lisa Maskell Scholarship Application Form 2025
  2. Enter “” in the field asking how you heard about the scholarship.
  3. Submit the following supporting documents:
    • Certified copy of ID document (if South African) or passport (if international)
    • Certified copy of full academic transcript
    • Certified copy of MA degree certificate or official proof of upcoming delivery by March 2025
    • Motivational letter (maximum 600 words)
    • Pre-proposal or research idea (maximum 500 words)
    • Sample of your writing (MA thesis for PhD applicants)
    • Any published academic articles related to your application
    • Nomination letter from a PANGeA network institution (if applicable)
    • Documentation of publications, awards, grants, relevant experience, and additional language skills (if applicable)
  4. Email your application: Send all documents to with the subject line “Lisa Maskell Scholarship 2025”.

Closing Date for the Lisa Maskell Scholarship

The application deadline is 31 July 2024. Be sure to submit your application before this date to ensure it is considered.

Contact Information

For any queries related to this scholarship programme, please contact the Graduate School at Stellenbosch University:

Don’t miss this opportunity to advance your academic career with the Lisa Maskell Scholarship at Stellenbosch University. Apply now and take the first step towards achieving your research goals in the Historical Humanities.

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