African Languages and Literature Programmes at UCT
The faculty of humanities provides a comprehensive guide to the field of African languages and literature and the different career options available to prospective and/or current students. Please consult the webpage for more information.
The Xhosa Major
Bachelor of Social Science or Bachelor of Arts in Xhosa
The African Languages and Literature Major
Bachelor of Social Science or Bachelor of Arts in African Languages and Literature
BA Hons specialising in African Languages and Literature
MA specialising in African Languages and Literature
PhD in African Languages and Literature
UNDERGRADUATE STUDY AND RESEARCH
PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND ASSOCIATIONS
The African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA) KEY RESOURCE
ALASA is a non-discriminatory, non-profit-making association, which promotes interaction between researchers, students and teachers of African languages and literature, and assists in the promotion of research, language development and effective verbal and written communication in a multilingual society. For example, in matters relating to language planning and policy, education policy and liaison with other organizations with similar interests. The South African Journal of African Languages is published in association with ALASA. Their website provides valuable information regarding the history of African languages and other relevant resources.
Alliance of Language and Media Practitioners (LAMP) KEY RESOURCE
LAMP is an alliance of professional associations in the language and media field, grouping together to speak with one voice for all professionals working in the broad fields of language practice and media. The current members of LAMP are the Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers; Professional Editors’ Guild; the Professional Journalists’ Association; the Southern African Freelancers’ Association; the South African Science Journalists’ Association and the South African Translators’ Institute.
PEN South Africa
PEN South Africa is a non-political organisation representing writers of the world, defending free-expression and encouraging literature. Through its 145 Centers in more than 104 countries, PEN International operates on all six continents. PEN South Africa organizes events and provides resources and advice for writers. They also provide information regarding publishing, writer’s circles, awards and residences.
Professional Editors Guild (PEG)
PEG is a national body with two principal branches, Gauteng and Cape Town, each run by a committee of volunteers. PEG represents practitioners who operate in the South African publishing industry, corporate communications and media. PEG provides resources for editors, information regarding events and mentoring services.
Publishing Association of South Africa (PASA)
PASA promotes and protect the rights and responsibilities of the independent publishing sector in South Africa and coordinate the industry. They provide various resources, information and guidelines for publishing. They also have information regarding skills and development training, internships, vacancies, copywriting, resources for freelancers and industry news.
South African Freelancer’s Association (SAFREA)
SAFREA is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO), serving its members and their clients. It is home to hundreds of media professionals including writers, editors, photographers, designers, and videographers. SAFREA lists freelancers, jobs, resources and information for clients and freelancers.
South African Translators’ Institute (SATI) KEY RESOURCE
SATI is a professional association for language practice professionals in South Africa. SATI provides information regarding accreditation, resources, interpreters and other useful links.
The Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA)
The WGSA is a non-profit, professional association in South Africa, which protects, empowers and develops performance writers in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media (internet – mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries. Their website provides key resources and links for writers.
PREPARING FOR THE JOB MARKET
Access graduate jobs and internships by logging into MyCareer if you are a UCT student. Be sure to set up job email alerts and check our website regularly for news and events.
South African and African Jobs
South African Government Jobs
Department of Arts and Culture KEY RESOURCE
The department of arts and culture has information regarding internships and vacancies.
Department of Education KEY RESOURCE
The department of education has information regarding vacancies and bursaries.
DST-NRF Internship Programme 2019/20
The National Research Foundation (NRF) is responsible for the management of the DST-NRF Internship Programme in which unemployed Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates and postgraduates (including those in Social Sciences and Humanities) are offered an opportunity to acquire practical work experience through mentoring and exposure to a research environment. Only South African university graduates with Bachelors, Honours, BTech, MTech or Master’s degrees may apply. Interns will receive a monthly salary ranging between R6 070 and R8 050 per month, depending on the level of qualification.
GovPage KEY RESOURCE
a free website dedicated to advertising all available Southern African Governments Vacancies including health. Also includes information on Tenders/Quotations and Public Notices/Campaigns. Covers National Government, Provincial Government, Municipal Government, Public Entities and Tertiary Institution, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and International Agencies.
Advertised information is provided by the relevant Government structures and authorities but govpage.co.za is not the official website of any government organisation.
The Provincial Government Handbook Website KEY RESOURCE
This website provides information related to tenders and vacancies for each provincial government in South Africa. The links directly redirect you to the official provincial vacancy website.
South African and African Career Service and Recruitment Agencies
Please note that recruitment agencies and employers’ firms should never ask you to pay for the promise of a job. Please be aware of this.
Careers24 is a job search agency, advertising various positions.
Indeed is a job search agency, advertising various positions.
Grad Connection is a specialist recruitment agency operating in South Africa for graduates, providing information on career guidance, job vacancies, bursaries and internships.
JobVine is a job search agency, advertising various positions.
Language Recruiters is a specialist recruitment consultancy of foreign language speakers throughout South Africa, advertising various positions.
Placements in Education
Placements in Education is a job website, advertising various positions in the teaching field.
Teacher Network is a job website, advertising various positions in the teaching field.
General International Career Service and Recruitment Agencies
E- Teach International
E- Teach International is an international job website, advertising various positions in the teaching field.
Higher Ed Jobs
Higher Ed Jobs is a comprehensive international job website for graduates.
Multilingual Vacancies is a specialist language recruitment job portal, advertising various international positions.
Seek Teachers is a comprehensive international job website for the teaching field.
Teacher Horizons is a comprehensive international job website for the teaching field.
TES is a comprehensive international job website for the teaching field.
Top Language Jobs
Top Language Jobs is a specialist recruitment consultancy of foreign language speakers, advertising various positions across the world.
UN Jobs is a comprehensive international job website within the United Nations, advertising vacancies for an array of foreign language speakers.
Country Specific International Career Service and Recruitment Agencies
Euro Brussels is a European-based job website.
UK and Ireland
Careers Group is a UK career service and provides career guidance and international job vacancies.
GradIreland KEY RESOURCE
GradIreland is a careers publication company and works in partnership with tertiary education institutions across Ireland. They advertise jobs in Ireland and are a comprehensive career guidance website.
Irish Jobs is an Ireland-based job website, advertising various positions.
Prospects KEY RESOURCE
Prospects provides careers advice and job and course opportunities to students and graduates.
Target Jobs KEY RESOURCE
Target Jobs is a comprehensive career guidance and job website for the UK.
Teach in the UK
Teach in the UK is an international job website for the teaching field in the UK.
USA and Canada
Jobs.net is a US-based job website, advertising various positions.
SA Recruitment is an international job website for the teaching field in the Middle East.
INTERNATIONAL & LOCAL VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
NGOs and NPOs are both involved in community-based initiatives but are structured differently. A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group which is organized on a local, national or international level. A non-profit organisation (NPO) is a trust, company or other association of persons established for a public purpose and of which its income and property are not distributable to its members or office bearers, except as reasonable compensation for services rendered. Registering as a NPO enhances credibility for government funding and every non-profit organisation (NPO) in South Africa is issued an NPO number.
Please research carefully the volunteer organisation you decide to work with.
African Legend, located in Cape Town, is a non-profit organization that provides educational programmes for youths living in poverty. Volunteer opportunities are available, with positions such as voluntary teachers and soccer and cricket coaches needed.
AIESEC is a global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. It has a wide-range of international volunteer and internship opportunities available.
Greenpeace is an international, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protests and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. They have various international projects and volunteer opportunities.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-governmental, and non-profit organization, which brings people together to build homes and communities. Projects are available worldwide.
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
IVHQ is a volunteer travel company focused on providing affordable volunteer travel experiences. They provide volunteer abroad projects in over 30 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, South America and the Pacific in teaching, childcare, construction, conservation or healthcare.
My Hands and Heart
My Hands and Heart is a non-profit organisation in South Africa, which acts as a volunteer management network and advertises a range of local volunteer opportunities.
NGO PULSE KEY RESOURCE
NGO Pulse, a NGO network, provides a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities, organisations and networks in South Africa.
TEACH South Africa
Teach South Africa is a non-profit organisation that aims to respond to challenges in the education sector by recruiting, training, placing and supporting young excellent graduates to improve quality in education for every child in South Africa irrespective of their socio-economic background. Graduates are encouraged to apply to be volunteer mentors and tutors.
POSTGRADUATE STUDY AND RESEARCH
This information covers government funding initiatives, links to all higher education institutes in South Africa and some relevant education based websites in South Africa and the UK/USA.
International site, search by country, useful but not comprehensive.
International site, search by country, useful and comprehensive.
Find a Masters
International site, search by country. Useful. Contains information regarding funding and postgraduate open days.
International website, search by country, useful but not comprehensive.
Find a PhD
International website, search by country, institution and subject. Contains information regarding funding.
International website, search by country, useful and comprehensive.
An international website aimed at increasing understanding and establishing better links between African and European doctoral candidates. Provides useful information regarding funding, mentorship, research support, PhD resources and networking opportunities.
UCT Doctoral Applicants Webpage KEY RESOURCE
See for more details of PhD opportunities across the faculties and how to apply
Association of Commonwealth Universities KEY RESOURCE
A site search for ‘vacancies’ provides links to sites for seeking job opportunities in Commonwealth universities, including all SADC countries except Angola and Congo.
See additional resources on academic postgraduate opportunities. Particularly useful for Masters considering Doctorate study and PhD researcher/early career post docs.
South African Department of Higher Education and Training KEY RESOURCE
Go to institutions for a list of public universities then research courses via online prospectus.
South African Department of Higher Education and Training KEY RESOURCE
Use search function for “register of private higher education institutions” then research courses via online prospectus.
National Research Foundation
The NRF was established in 1998 from the amalgamated of the Centre for Science Development (CSD), the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Foundation for Research Development (FRD) and is a good website for staying up-to-date with research initiatives/centres, job and funding opportunities.
Universities South Africa (previously HESA)
Universities South Africa, formerly known as Higher Education South Africa (HESA), is a membership organisation representing South Africa’s universities. The new name was launched on 22 July 2015 in order to reposition the organisation as a representative body of South Africa’s public universities, that aims to promote a more inclusive, responsive and equitable national system of higher education.
SA Bursaries KEY RESOURCE
A comprehensive website outlining various bursaries in South Africa across different disciplines.
Good website for finding UK based Masters with useful “insight” articles but limited information on opportunities worldwide.
These are websites which provide directories of graduate schools in the USA and Canada and information regarding programmes, funding, immigration and other resources.
These are websites which provide information regarding Swahili language Programmes and studying in East Africa
COMPETITIONS AND ENTREPREURSHIP
Student Competitions KEY RESOURCE
This is an international and up-to-date website which allows you to search for competitions for university students.
DIVERSITY IN HUMANITIES & EMPLOYMENT
UCT is committed to the principles of diversity and transformation, specifically a transformed university where there are no stereotypical views of others based on their gender, race or disability.
Diversity-related Professional Bodies and Associations
Black Business Council (BBC)
The BBC lobbies government on policy advocacy in order to accelerate the participation of black South Africans in the mainstream economy. They organize various programmes, events and provide up-to-date news in their industry.
Black Management Forum (BMF)
The BMF develops and empowers managerial leadership primarily amongst black people within organisations and the creation of managerial structures and processes which reflect the demographics and values of the wider society. They provide managerial and leadership development, research services, consulting, resources, news, links and host events.
Business Women's Association (BWA) of South Africa
The BWA is a non-profit and voluntary organisation, which is also the largest association of business and professional women in South Africa. They provide awards, events, news and networking opportunities.
Gay and Lesbian Network (GLN)
The GLN is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) based in KwaZulu-Natal, which has workshops, events, outreach programmes and valuable resources and links.
National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA)
NCPPDSA is a national, non-profit organisation (NPO) that runs various projects, services and advocacy programmes for the advancement of persons with disabilities to attain integration into society and independence. The NCPPDSA acts as the national umbrella for nine provincial associations with their 90+ branches.
Diversity-related Services, Awards and Scholarships
UCT provides various services and resources related to diversity and transformation. See the links below.
UCT Disability Centre
The UCT Disability Service works towards the removal of any physical, policy, information and attitude barriers that might prevent students and staff from fulfilling their potential. The centre provides information regarding different forms of support, resources, bursaries, funding opportunities, advocacy, counselling, academic and examination accommodations, technical assistance and other services.
UCT Funding Boards
Please check the postgraduate funding boards and undergraduate funding boards currently on the UCT website for up-to-date details on other diversity-related scholarships, fellowships and bursaries.
UCT- Harvard Mandela Fellowships
This fellowship is intended to strengthen connections between the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute (at the Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research, Harvard University) and UCT, to provide opportunities for UCT staff to gain international experience, and to support the professional advancement of academics working particularly, but not only, in the humanities and social sciences. To be eligible, applicants must have been awarded the PhD degree at the time of application, and have permanent or T3 academic posts at UCT. In line with UCT’s equity objectives, preference will be given to applicants from the designated groups, with particular emphasis on black South African applicants.
List of Scholarships for African Women and Developing Countries
Afterschool Africa provides an up-to-date and comprehensive list of scholarships (undergraduate, Masters, MBA, PhD and Postdoctoral) that are open for women from African and developing countries.
Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMF)
The MMF awards education grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills.
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Programme (MMUF)
MMUF is an equity-inspired program that is awarded to highly performing Black students who are entering the final year of a three-year first degree or the third year of a four-year professional degree from the sciences and humanities at UCT and other participating undergraduate institutions. The program offers financial support, organized mentoring and is designed specifically to provide students with a greater awareness of what it means to be an academic.
Mwalimu Nyerere African Union (AU) Scholarship Scheme
The AU scholarship is only for applicants with physical disabilities for masters in social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, mathematics, education sciences and sports sciences and closes in March annually.
National Research Foundation (NRF)
The NRF provides various postgraduate funding bursaries and scholarships. Preference is given to equity candidates.
Opportunities for Africans (OFA) KEY RESOURCE
The OFA is an online information platform that seeks to connect Africans to opportunities, such as scholarships, internships, fellowships, bursaries, conferences, jobs, competitions and volunteering positions. This is a comprehensive and up-to-date website.
Scholarships for Women
This website provides comprehensive information regarding scholarships, awards and funding opportunities for women.