The award is the vice-chancellor's annual prize in recognition of outstanding welfare-related research. The award winner should be engaged in medical, economic, scientific, engineering and social research that has demonstrated relevance to the advancement and welfare of South Africa's disadvantaged people.
The prize was established to honour the late Alan Pifer, philanthropist and former president of long-term UCT benefactors, the Carnegie Corporation. Throughout Pifer's career, his focus was on social justice and strengthening the rights of historically disadvantaged groups, including women.
The budget for the award is sourced from donor funding
Top researchers at UCT who are engaged in medical, economic, scientific, engineering and social research that has demonstrated relevance to the advancement and welfare of South Africa's disadvantaged people.
Application and nomination procedure
- Applications take the form of a written nomination by a dean or head of department, to be accompanied by the nominee's CV and publication record.
- Nominations are submitted to the Research Office for screening, and then passed on to a small review committee chaired by the deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation.
- The winner(s) is/are announced at the Alan Pifer Award Function, which is hosted by the UCT Research Office in conjunction with the Development and Alumni Department and Communications and Marketing Department.
For a list of previous winners of this award, see UCT Research and Innovation.
For more information about this award contact firstname.lastname@example.org.