Mr Nzumbululo Silas Siphuma was awarded the Mellon Early Research Career (MERC) fellowship at Stellenbosch University (SU). Mr Siphuma is one of five recipients of the MERC fellowship from four faculties in the broad social sciences at SU. The award is valid for three years, and entails an appointment of recipients as researchers in their respective faculties. The MERC programme is funded through a generous award from the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and managed by the Division for Research Development (DRD).
The focus of the MERC programme is on developing and enhancing the research skills of early career researchers, employed in academic positions at SU, via training and guidance provided by experienced research mentors. It offers early career academic staff at SU the opportunity to receive dedicated support to establish and develop their research careers. Mentors are experienced and well-rounded research-productive senior academics, and the mentor-mentee relationship therefore aims to assist mentees with holistic managing of their academic careers. It aims to assist mentees to effectively integrate the three roles of research, teaching and community interaction, whilst establishing themselves as researchers in their own right. Mr Siphuma is pursuing a doctorate degree under the auspices of the SARCPL with a dissertation entitled “The doctrine of notice in property law”.