Humanities Graduate Centre
The Humanities Graduate Centre is an innovative space at the university that provides the ultimate interdisciplinary environment for postgraduates as it houses doctoral fellows from all the Schools, Departments, Centres and Institutes. The Centre also has space for masters and honours students and acts as a networking hub, assisting establishing linkages between junior postgraduates with senior PhDs.
The primary mission of the Humanities Graduate Centre (HGC) is to provide an intellectually enriching, professionally enabling and socially supportive environment for postgraduate students in the Wits Faculty of Humanities. The Centre is conveniently located close to various service points, such as Humanities’ schools, departments and the bus terminus for inter-campus commuters.
The Centre offers working space for PhD students 24/7, a dedicated lab for Masters and Honours students, space and research equipment for postgraduate students to conduct research and a venue for discipline specific academic workshops run by various schools/departments across the university.
The centre runs regular programmes throughout the year. Some of these are resident PhD seminar workshops provide a platform for registered PhD students to present their research to their peers, resident fellows Guest Lecture Series which invites young scholars trained in SA universities to present their work to the Wits and the Isizinda Sokubhala programme which helps develop a culture of writing.
Mentorship is an ongoing resource that leverages the skills of PhD Fellows to impart necessary support to masters and honours students, assisting them to cope better with their research demands. The mentorship facility is also available to new/junior PhD students to receive support from senior doctoral candidates as well as past PhD Fellows of the Centre who have graduated.