The Cherry Gertzel Bursary Award is an annual award to assist female post-graduate students to complete study or research in African Studies.
Professor Cherry Gertzel AM (1928 – 2015) was an internationally recognised scholar of history and politics in the field of African Studies. She spent over twenty years researching and teaching in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Zambia before returning to Australia in 1975 where she worked at Flinders University and Curtin University. Throughout her career, and until just a few years before her death, Prof. Gertzel returned to Eastern and Central Africa regularly to continue active field work. She was a foundation member of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP) set up by Africanists in Australia in 1978, President from 1982 – 1986, and editor of the Association’s Review and Newsletter from 1987 – 2004. In 1994 Prof. Gertzel was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia, Queen’s Birthday Honours, for her contributions to Australian-African relations. Her wish to establish this annual bursary is a generous legacy and testament to her lifelong dedication to advancing the field of African Studies. More information about Prof. Cherry Gertzel is available at cherrygertzel.net.
Recipients must provide an acquittal report showing how the funding was spent, with original receipts for all expenses within 14 months of the date of the award.
Recipients are required to submit a 2000 word report within 14 months of the date of the award with an account of the fieldwork, study or research in Africa that the bursary supported. The report is to be suitable for the public, and may be published in AFSAAP’s newsletter.
Value of bursary
One bursary of $10,000 will be awarded annually.
In exceptional circumstances the trustees of the Cherry Gertzel Bursary Fund reserve the right not to award a bursary or to award a different amount. The Fund will provide the award in perpetuity and thus the amount awarded may increase in the future.
Source of funds
The bursary is funded by the Cherry Gertzel Bursary Fund.
Administration of bursaryThe bursary is administered by the trustees of the Cherry Gertzel Fund with the assistance of the Executive of the African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific (AFSAAP).
The trustees recognise that students own the intellectual property arising from their study.
Information about the Bursary and application forms will be available on the AFSAAP website https://afsaap.org.au/ and the Cherry Gertzel legacy website http://cherrygertzel.net/ by May each year. The closing date for applications will be in September each year and the selected recipient will notified, with details made available on the website, in November of each year.
Applications, including supporting documents, should be lodged by email to Dr. Karen Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) before or on the closing date. Incomplete applications, or applications received after the due date, will not be considered. Applications remain the property of the trustees of the Cherry Gertzel Bursary Fund.
Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged. Should you not receive an acknowledgement within one week of your application, you are responsible for contacting email@example.com. The selection committee will consist of representatives from the AFSAAP Executive and at least one trustee of the Fund. The selection committee will provide a recommendation to the trustees who will make the final decision, after which no correspondence will be entered into.
The completed application form must be accompanied by
Applicants must request two referees to email a referee report form to the Award convener, Dr. Karen Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org). Referee report forms are available from https://afsaap.org.au/ and http://cherrygertzel.net/. Applicants are responsible for checking that references have been sent and received by the closing date. Referees reports will be verified.
Note: The Application Form and Referee Form will follow in due course (February 2019).