Sabbatical research programme for South African academics
This programme facilitates access to the Constitutional Court library by South African academics for purposes of sabbatical research. In contrast to the Research Fellowship Programme for Judges, the Sabbatical Programme for South African Academics is not restricted to the periods during which the Constitutional Court is in session. Depending on availability, Sabbatical Fellows are given an office at SAIFAC from which to work. Fellows generally have to meet their own costs of travel and accommodation, although out-of-town academics are assisted in finding suitable accommodation in Johannesburg. Sabbatical Fellows’ research output is governed by the rules of the university to which they belong, subject to the requirement that assistance provided by SAIFAC be acknowledged in the published version of any research produced. Sabbatical Fellows are expected to attend all seminars at SAIFAC relevant to their work during the time of their stay. The programme is open to legal academics specialising in one or more of SAIFAC’s core areas, and also to academics from other disciplines (such as political science or sociology) who have an interest in the role of law in the consolidation of democracy. In exceptional cases, funding will also be provided to non-academics (for example, practising lawyers in public interest law firms).
Persons interested in applying for a place on the research sabbatical programme, either as a judge or academic, should send an expression of interest by e-mail to the Director at email@example.com attaching:
- a full CV, including the names of three referees
- two examples of recent written work
- a short outline of their proposed research topic
- an indication of the proposed time of their intended visit to SAIFAC (the ordinary period is two months, but applications for three-month research visits will be considered)