SABTT Funding Programme

  1. NIHSS/ICSSR Joint Research Programme

The NIHSS/ICSSR Research is a joint research programme between the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) and the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), which is aimed at providing research support for South African and Indian academics currently undertaking research projects in the HSS.  The aim of this programme is to promote and strengthen the research cooperation in the field of humanities and social sciences between the two countries, by providing funding to allow joint research activities for internationally excellent research in relevant areas of mutual interest and benefit.

Our current batch of scholars undertake joint research with counterparts from India in the following areas: Discrimination, Equity, Social Justice and Social Movements; Southern theories and conceptual frameworks including concepts and strategies for development; maritime networks: pre-colonial postcolonial-old theories, new geographies; Indian Ocean studies; migration/urbanisation; agrarian and labour studies; Industrial, land, agrarian and labour studies; media, arts, performance and popular culture comparative socio-economic histories; democratic practices; language and identity politics; policies, black economic empowerment and affirmative action policies.


  1. BRICS Teaching and Research Mobility Programme

The BRICS Teaching and Research Mobility Programme is the South African BRICS Think Tank (SABTT) flagship research funding programme. It seeks to foster global South research partnerships between South Africa and the five member states of BRICS in line of the five thematic areas of research as outlined in the BRICS Long Term Strategy. The five thematic areas are as follows:

  • Promoting cooperation for economic growth and development
  • The maintaining of peace and security
  • Social justice, sustainable development and quality of life
  • Political and economic governance
  •  Achieving progress by sharing knowledge and innovation

Similar to the APP Teaching and Research Mobility Programme, this research initiative provides funding support to established researchers and postgraduate researchers currently registered for either a Masters or Doctoral Programme in the humanities and social sciences pursuing topics that fit within the research ambit of the abovementioned thematic areas. South African researchers are particularly encouraged to foster close and strong research networks with their counterparts in universities forming part of the BRICS university network. Likewise, BRICS researchers wishing to conduct a BRICS-related research project (through the BRICS Mobility Programme) with a South African researcher in any of our participating university are encouraged to apply only with the proviso that they have an invite from a South African researcher.