ACU Summer School 2023: Truth and Reconciliation (Funding available)

Deadline: January 30, 2023

Applications are open for the ACU Summer School 2023: Truth and reconciliation. The ACU Summer School is aimed at students studying a subject that explores themes related to truth and reconciliation and/or with a personal interest in truth and reconciliation.

This is a fascinating opportunity for you to learn about the political, social and economic forces that shaped 20th Century South African politics, including apartheid, with your peers from around the Commonwealth. Hosted by Stellenbosch University, this is the first time the programme will take place in a winter climate.

Explore South Africa’s ongoing journey to reconciliation together in lectures, discussions and group project work over the course of a week. Hear from academic experts who will bring the country’s complex history to life and help you to shape your own perspective. Take a field-trip to Robben Island prison, where Nelson Mandela and other anti-apartheid campaigners were jailed. Make new friends from countries across the Commonwealth while exploring historically significant events in an open, welcoming, intercultural environment.

If you are inspired by imagining what a more equitable future looks like for all, and want to take action in your community, then this is the event for you!


The cost of full participation in the programme will be covered, including:

  • Accommodation on campus
  • Transport
  • Meals on campus
  • Social activities and excursions
  • Economy return flights/travel from your home country and travel to the university for students travelling from outside South Africa

The following costs are not covered:

  • Visa (please note that some nationalities do not need a visa to enter South Africa)
  • Food/spending on excursions 


  • Open to current postgraduate students (both master’s and PhD) and final-year undergraduate students at ACU member universities.
  • The ACU Summer School is aimed at students studying a subject that explores themes related to truth and reconciliation and/or with a personal interest in truth and reconciliation.
  • They encourage students who have not travelled outside their home region to apply. This does not apply to students studying in their host country of South Africa or ACU scholars.
  • They particularly welcome applications from students who come from backgrounds under-represented in international higher education, including students with a disability and students who identify as indigenous and those who have not travelled outside their home geographic region work, study or leisure.
  • Students who have previously attended an ACU Summer School are not eligible to apply.


As part of the online application, you are required to submit a detailed academic reference from a lecturer or supervisor at your current university of study who is familiar with your recent academic work. This must be submitted on official university headed paper, be signed and dated after December 5, 2022 and refer to your suitability to attend the ACU Summer School.

You are also required to submit responses to the following questions: 

  • Describe your motivation for wishing to participate in the ACU Summer School 2023 and what you will contribute to and gain from the event.
  • Explain how your interests and/or achievements, work experience, volunteering experience and studies fit with the themes of peace, truth and reconciliation in your context.
  • Choose the UN Sustainable Development Goal which best relates to the subject you are studying or researching and explain why it is important that this goal is achieved using an example from your own country.
  • Describe how you plan to share the knowledge and experience gained at the ACU Summer School with your university and community after the event.

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For more information, visit ACU Summer School

By Bello

Ismail Bello is a content creator and enthusiast who is passionate about youth development.