This year, these academic awards aim to recognise research excellence under the ‘Social Justice’ theme.
Under this theme, the adjudication panel has identified innovative research projects that are centred on analysing social justice inquiry, theories and practice aimed at achieving transformative impact in communities — socially, scientifically and otherwise.
The theme is in line with the HSRC’s vision that positions the council as a global centre of excellence in the human and social sciences, focusing on pressing issues facing South Africa. Such issues include:
- poverty alleviation
- reducing the inequality gap, and
- expanding decent work opportunities.
The award ceremony will feature live performances by Tumi Mogorosi and a keynote address by professor Achille Mbembe. Radio and TV personality Brenda Sisane will serve as the programme director.
Over 30 nominations have been received for 2023’s awards, and the awards will be presented in four categories:
- Emerging Researcher
- Mid-career Researcher
- Established Researcher, and
- Established Researcher and Team.
The Emerging Research category will receive a trophy and a monetary award of R30 000, while the Mid-career Researcher category will receive a trophy and a total monetary award of R40 000.
The Established Researcher category will receive a medal and a monetary award of R60 000, and the Team category will receive a trophy and a total monetary award of R40 000 for the team.
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