From January 16 – 20, 2023, Harvard Law School’s IGLP will collaborate with Stellenbosch University to convene the Global Scholars Academy in Stellenbosch, South Africa.


About the Academy

The Global Scholars Academy is an intensive residential experience designed to enable junior faculty and post-doctoral scholars to engage in sustained, interdisciplinary, peer-to-peer collaboration under the close mentorship of research faculty drawn from the world’s top universities. The Academy is open by application to junior scholars working to understand and map the levers of political, economic, and legal authority in the world today. We particularly welcome applications from scholars from the Global South and those working on policy challenges of particular concern to communities in the Global South.

Building on the IGLP’s decade of successful workshops and Stellenbosch’s dedication to high-level interdisciplinary research, the Global Scholars Academy will engage a growing community of scholars developing new thinking about the world’s most pressing policy challenges. While in residence, participants will workshop their ongoing research, review current scholarship developments, reconsider canonical texts, and network with colleagues from across the world.

The Format

The 2023 Academy will offer a unique interdisciplinary curriculum and will include thematic minicourses, plenary lectures, and writing workshops. Writing workshops will offer participants the opportunity to receive detailed, valuable feedback on their research from their peers and senior colleagues in small group settings.

The Application

Preference will be given to scholars who hold postdoctoral junior faculty positions. Students completing their doctoral work are also encouraged to apply. All accepted participants will be expected to submit an 8000-word piece, draft, or work in progress of academic writing in advance of the Academy to be discussed with colleagues in our intensive Writing Workshops.

The Collaboration

The collaboration will encourage scholarship exploring such pressing issues as the structural reproduction of poverty and inequality; the policy challenges and benefits of new technologies; links between local and global security; environmental sustainability and the impact of environmental change on communities across the global South, women’s empowerment, SDG’s; as well as the management of cultural difference, exclusion, and intolerance in a world of ever-increasing movement and communication.

Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29,000 students (including 4,000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3,000 permanent staff members (including 1,000 academics) on five campuses. The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of SU. The Faculty of Law, which commemorated its centenary in 2021, as well as the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences are both situated on the main campus. At SU, this project underwrites our commitment to promote the global SDG 2030 agenda as well as our commitment to the continent in supporting the Africa Agenda 2063. The Academy aims to stimulate rigorous academic conversation contributing specifically to Agenda 2063 theme 4 “A Peaceful and Secure Africa” and theme 5 “Good Governance, Democracy, Human Rights, Justice and Rule of Law”.

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