Johannesburg, South Africa

Application Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019

The CUNY Office of Research and Mould Empower Serve, a social service organization based in Johannesburg, South Africa, will provide travel funds, housing, and partial board for an advanced graduate student interested in conducting research in an inner-city neighborhood in Johannesburg for six or more months during 2019/2020. This research opportunity is ideal for students interested in studying the promise and problems of an African metropolis with possible topics including: comparative urban studies, immigration, social service delivery, public health, housing and homelessness, urban ecology, informal sector entrepreneurialism, post-apartheid transition, and race and racism.

The Office of Research will provide funding of $3,000 – $5,000 to cover air travel, travel insurance, and incidental expenses. Mould Empower Serve will provide housing and partial board for six or more months to enable a student to conduct a study focused on the inner-city neighborhood of Hillbrow.

Application procedure

Due to time constraints, prospective candidates should send an email as soon as possible to the program directors, Ron Nerio ( and Effie MacLachlan ( briefly explaining their research interests. The program directors will provide further details and application guidelines. Applicants will be required to submit a 1,200-word statement of interest and tentative research plan signed by the student and the student’s research adviser.

Completed application packages must be received by the Office of Research by 5:00 pm, March 15, 2019. The selected student will be notified by April 15 and should be prepared to commence research in Johannesburg on or near June 1, 2019. The project must receive approval by the Institutional Review Board before departure for Johannesburg.

Work Product

The student will be asked to produce periodic research reports for Mould Empower Serve and the Office of Research. The final work product submitted in 2020 should be in the form of a completed research paper, submitted for publication in a peer reviewed journal, or a draft of a dissertation or chapter.

Download the application to learn more about this research opportunity.