The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South African society

Call for research project proposals:  The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on South African society

Deadline – 30 May 2020

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus began in China in December 2019, the world has been flooded with messages about how to curb its spread. Governments have activated legislation enabling them to shut down public spaces, promote social distancing, and ensure people in high-risk countries retreat into self-isolation. A novel virus, COVID-19 has impacted the globe, and has begun to reshape the manner in which governments act for the sake of public health, how our environment functions and our interpersonal relationships. What it means to be human in relation to a changing environment is being redefined, and in some cases maybe permanently so.

As the number infected surpasses 400 in South Africa, Government, with many stakeholders, are contemplating next steps to curb the infection rate. Many have articulated that the effect of COVID-19 is profound, and that we are at another defining moment that will have long-lasting impact on socioeconomic dynamics in South Africa.

The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development is calling for proposals for research projects that will be funded in 2020/21 up to a maximum of R300 000 per project to begin understanding the impact of this pandemic on the society of South Africa and what it means for human development.

Kindly send us an application by no later than 30 May 2020

An application template is attached below
Kindly email applications to Mr Lethu Kapueja, Centre Manager, at

Click here to access the application form.