In partnership with WITS University
Furthering Academic Leadership
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Grant Details

A call for proposals is issued, annually, in the third quarter of the year.

The fellowship will provide funding for the following :

  • Buy-out of time;
  • Research Expenditure, for equipment and research assistants;
  • Leadership Capacity Development;
  • Conference attendance and travel; and
  • Publication of articles.

The Objective of the FALF Programme

FALF was established with the objective of raising funds with a targeted amount of R50,000,000 (Fifty Million Rand) as an endowment to support African and  Coloured women academics (Chancellor’s Fellows). The funds are intended to be used for, amongst other things, to assist Chancellor’s Fellows in furthering their academic and leadership development at the University.

In particular:

  • Assisting Chancellor’s Fellows to develop themselves to qualify for
  • Promotions to positions of professoriate at the University; and
  • Assisting them in developing and preparing themselves to qualify for the assumption of a wide range of leadership positions at the University including :
    • deans of academic faculties
    • heads of schools
    • directors of the University’s various centres of excellence and
    • research/endowed chairs


These areas have been identified as having a critical need for transformation. FALF, The University of the Witwatersrand Foundation Trust (WF) and Wits have entered into a Memorandum of  Agreement (MOA) in order to govern the respective roles, duties and obligations that each Party will assume in order to achieve the objectives of the FALF programme and matters ancillary thereto.

The success of the programme relies on a successful partnership with the Wits University executive management and academic leaders, and subsequent funders to enhance the initial seed funding. The current Chancellor, Dr Judy Dlamini, the founder of FALF, has committed R1mil (One Million Rand) as the seed fund for the programme. The chosen components for the programme are based on what academics have identified as challenges that delay their career progression.

 The programme will offer 1 to 2-year fellowships to South African, African and Coloured female lecturers, senior lecturers and associate Professors. It will give an opportunity for recipients to advance their research careers and develop their leadership skills. Chancellor’s fellows will be encouraged to source other funding (top up, if required) to ensure that FALF funds can be accessible to a higher number of academics.

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Selection Criteria

“No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.”

Nelson Mandela