Hobart Houghton Fellowship (PhD and Postdoc in Economics or Agricultural Economics) South Africa 2015

The aim of the fellowship is to support fundamental research, yielding results which are of more than local or regional interest. The basic requirement is that the research deals with significant issues which are directly or indirectly relevant to the Eastern Cape.

Focus of the Hobart Houghton Research Fellowship is to promote research work relevant to the economic problems of the Eastern Cape. Funding for the establishment of the Fellowship has been provided by the Liberty Life Educational Foundation and Hobart Houghton’s former students.

Professor Desmond Hobart Houghton was the director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the Rhodes University. Rhodes University is a public research university located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. He was a Professor of Economics and contributes significantly to learn economic issue (the problem of poverty and economic development) of South Africa.

Tenure of Fellowship

Typically for one year but tenure is flexible and renewable, and depends on circumstances of the successful applicant and nature of the research and progress made.


Applicants must hold a Masters degree in Economics or Agricultural Economics. Applicants should have a sound knowledge of economic analysis and be capable of independent, innovative work. Candidates may either be established scholars (possibly on sabbatical leave) or young, promising economists.


The amount of the award will be determined on an annual basis. The typical package includes:

  • Return direct economy class airfare from the Fellow’s place of residence.
  • University accommodation with electricity and water included.
  • 00 monthly cash stipend to supplement the Fellow’s usual source of income, or if you are accompanied by a partner R7500.00 per month cash stipend.
  • If the Fellow accepts the appointment for at least four months and is accompanied by a partner, the partner’s return airfare will also be paid.

Limited funds will be available for travel and other research expenses. The Fellow will be expected to reside in Grahamstown, and will be an honorary member of staff of the University for the duration of the Fellowship. At the conclusion of the Fellowship, the Fellow will be required to present a full report on the work undertaken. Rhodes University may reverse the right to publish any work accomplished during the Fellowship. If the Fellow publishes, there must be suitable acknowledgment of both the Fellowship and Rhodes University in any publications.


There is a strong tradition of research in the Department of Economics and Economic History. The current research of members of staff and graduate students reflects a wide range of interests including: agriculture and development; the labour market; health economics; international trade and finance; industrialisation; economic development; foreign investment; economic history and Southern African regional economic integration. The Fellow will have an office in the Department. The University provides an excellent internet access.

How to Apply

Hobart Houghton Application should include a full statement of research interest, should be submitted by 30 September 2015  (30 September Every year) to Professor Hugo Nel, Department of Economics and Economic History (tel: +27 (0) 46 603 8301, fax: +27 (0) 46 6225210, e-mail: h.nel@ru.ac.za).

Further enquiries can also be made to the Research Office (tel: +27 (0) 46 603 8055, fax: +27 (0) 46 622 8822, e-mail: research-admin@ru.ac.za).

The University reserves the right not to make an award.

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