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Sigrid Rausing Fellowships/Scholars at Risk

Political instability and insufficient funding opportunities frustrate the ambitions of many scholars in Africa. In 2007, in an attempt to assist such at-risk scholars from the continent and elsewhere, UCT and the UK-based Sigrid Rausing Trust established the Eric Abraham Refugee Scholarships, as a bursary fund for refugee scholars, and the Eric Abraham Academic Visitorships (EAAV). Many of these scholars – mostly women – are at risk because of a lack of resources and government support in their home countries, and include academics defined as ‘at risk’ by the New York-based Scholars at Risk organisation. The main objectives of the funding are to promote African research in areas where either the research topic or the researcher is at risk, to enable talented but disenfranchised academics to bring their research into the global arena, and to promote the opportunity for ongoing collaborative African research projects and interactions at UCT. Recipients include scholars from Ethiopia, Iraq, Nigeria, the Philippines and Uganda, among others. The six-year grant, which will run until 2014, is valued at UK£342,000. e