HSRC Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities

To recognise scientists and researchers who have contributed positively to the social sciences and humanities, the Human Sciences Research Council invites established the HSRC Medal for the Social Sciences and Humanities in 2016. The inaugural medal was awarded to renowmed scholar Prof Njabulo Ndebele.

The Medal is awarded on an annual basis to a scholar who has made an outstanding contribution through his or her research and publications in any discipline and field in the social sciences and humanities.

Overarching criteria
For consideration, a nominee must have the following:

  1. A record of sustained academic excellence in the social sciences and humanities;
  2. An international reputation for his or her scholarship;
  3. A strong record of contribution to the public’s understanding of social sciences and/or humanities
  4. Evidence of meaningful, impactful work over a period of time, e.g. impact on public policy, community interventions etc.

Qualifying criteria
Nominees must live and work in South Africa

Selection and awarding
The HSRC appoints an adjudication panel to consider the nominations and select a winner.  The award is presented during a ceremony hosted by the HSRC each year.

Form of award
A medal and a monetary prize.