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Financial boost for women's academic research

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has awarded five substantial grants to its women researchers to make space for more women's voices to be heard - both for their own advancement and for the advancement of others. These are aimed at postgraduate students and postdoctoral research fellows, and total R22.5 million in individual grants over five years.
Financial boost for women's academic research
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Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said: “The leadership at UCT is committed to honouring women. The university can show the way raising up African women academics. While the target in these grants is human capital development, the projects would also help us rethink our views of gender in South Africa and give us new insights into ourselves and others in different communities.”

The winning research projects are:

  • Dr Katye Altieri: enabling South Africa’s black oceanographers
  • Professor Floretta Boonzaier: unsettling research on gendered and sexual violence
  • Professor Janet Hapgood: informed choices for women’s contraception
  • Dr Robyn Pickering: transforming the field of paleoanthropology
  • Professor Patricia Kooyman: building fuel cells, better
The winners of the grants will receive funding of R1 million per year for five years, and the meritorious awards to the value of R750,000 a year for five years.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation Professor Loretta Feris commented: “These women will not only be conducting leading-edge research in fields where women are under-represented, and into women’s issues, but they will also be advancing the next generation of women and non-conforming gender transgender researchers.”

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