With financial support from Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the Management team of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS) has been facilitated with the latest model of computers to effectively perform their academic and supervisory roles. In addition to other academic and administrative responsibilities, the Principal and Deans of the College are members of the Steering Committee that examines and selects suitable candidates for the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation PhD programmes.
Gerda Henkel Stiftung supports the Inter-disciplinary PhD by Research programme in the fields of Historical Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences tenable at Makerere University. It is a three-year-fulltime fellowship for qualifying candidates to pursue studies leading to the award of a PhD in Historical Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences of Makerere University.
The PhD programme engages a cluster of subjects that study human society with a particular sensitivity to change over time, historical context, and the development of various kinds of evidence to support analyses about the causes, characteristics, and implications of such changes in human society. These are subjects that equip students with many skills such as the ability to conduct independent research, analyse texts or images, and write persuasively. They also focus on helping students to understand better how these skills and analytical approaches can be applied to issues of societal significance beyond the university.
So far, 30 academics from across Africa have benefited from the programme that is worth 1.7 million Euro.
Similarly, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports a number of capacity building programmes in the Humanities and social sciences. The Foundation committed 4 million US dollars for a period of 5 years to support various academic programmes in the College. Below are some of the projects supported by the Foundation.
- Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR) Decolonization Project - 1.5 million USD
- Early Career Scholars Research grant – 800,000 USD for academic staff in the humanities and social sciences to carry out research
- Building capacity for research grant – 800,000 USD
- Three-year (2019-2022) College-wide research project titled: Historicizing the Humanities at Makerere University Since 1922 – 800,000 USD
- Urbanization Project – 729,000 USD
- The Foundation also gave the College a planning grant worth 100,000 USD to study the operations of centres of learning and teaching across the globe in a bid to establish one at Makerere University. Once established, the Centre will largely address the teaching and learning challenges of staff. Staff will acquire skills on how best to train holistic students who can later have positive impact wherever they will be placed or serve.