Research

Awards

Research Awards and Notable Memberships

The importance of measuring the success of research efforts cannot be overemphasised. An important measure in this regard involves the recognition of achievements in the form of awards and notable memberships.

External awards and memberships serve to provide credible affirmation of excellence. Of equal importance, internal awards encourage researchers to provide quality output through the formal recognition of these achievements.

Prestigious External Research Awards and Memberships

2019

Recipient Recognition College
Prof Mfari Budeli Appointment: SA Law Reform Commision Law
Prof Emeritus Jane Currathers

Editor in Chief: South African Journal of Sciences Human Sciences
Prof Lourens Erasmus
Member: South African Financial and Fiscal Commission Accounting Sciences
Prof Mishack Gumbo 
Editor in Chief: Action Learning and Action Research Journal (ALARj) Education
Prof Ruth de Villiers First Prize: Teachng of Research Methodology Excellence Awards Science, Engineering and Technology
Prof Annemarie Davis First Prize: Teaching of Reseach Methodology Excellence Awards Economic and Management Sciences
Prof Malik Maaza

International ICO Galileo Galilei Medal

The Order of Mapundubwe: Silver

Graduate Studies
Prof Mandla Makhanya

Honorary Fellowship of the Commonwealth of Learning Vice Chancellor and Principal
Prof Bheki Mamba
One Thousand Talent of Foreign Experts, Tiangong University, Goverment of Tianjin Science, Engineering and Technology

Dr Monde Nyila

Country Ambassador to South Africa, American Society for Microbiology Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Prof Paul Prinsloo

First Fellow from Africa: Member: European Distance and E-Learning Network Economic and Management Sciences

Dr Azwindini Tshibalo

Ambassador: International Geothermal Association (IGA) South Africa Law
Prof Lindiwe Zungu

TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Researcher

2019 Glamour South Africa Women of the Year Award: Science and Technology

Graduate Studies

2018

Recipient Recognition College
Prof Jane Carruthers, Professor Emeritus Distinguished Scholar Award, American Society for Environmental History Human Sciences
Prof Godwell Nhamo Titan in the field education, CEO Magazine, Pan African Building Nations Recognition Awards 2018/19 Economic and Management Sciences
Prof Mokhotjwa Dhlamini Titan in the field education, CEO Magazine, Pan African Building Nations Recognition Awards 2018/19 Science. Engineering and Technology
Ms Erica Flinspach Turnitin - 2018 Global Innovator Award Research Support Services
Prof Malik Maaza NSTF-South 32 GreenMatter Award for an outstanding contribution to science, engineering, technology Graduate Studies
The "Jose Vasconelos" World Award of Education
Prof Ajay Mishra Charted Scientist (CSci), Royal Society Chemistry, United Kingdom Science, Engineering and Technology
Mr Jan van Wyk Education Leadership Award, Africa Leadership Awards Legal Services
Dr Retha Visagie DST/SARIMA Award for Professional Excellence in Research Management Research Support Directorate

2017

Recipient Recognition College
Prof Diane Hildebrandt National Research Foundation (NRF) Champion of Research Capacity Development and Transformation at South African Higher Education Institutions Award Science, Engineering and Technology
National Science and Technology Foundation (NSTF) - South 32 Capacity Development Award
Prof Bhekie Mamba National Science and Technology Foundation (NSTF) - South 32 Water Research Commission Award Science, Engineering and Technology
Prof Godwell Nhamo Distinguished Old Rhodian Award Economic and Management Sciences
Prof Ashley van Niekerk South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Silver Medal for Research Graduate Studies
Prof Azwihangwisi Mavhandu-Mudzusi Department of Sciemce and Technology (DST) South African Women in Science Award Human Sciences
Prof Sonja Bosch Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) membership Human Sciences
Prof Chris de Wet Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) membership Human Sciences
Prof Catherine Odora Hoppers Honourary Fellow, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Graduate Studies
Prof Veronica Mckay Honourary Fellow, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCA) Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Education
Prof Zingiswa Jojo African Mathematics Union (AMU) Commission for AFrican Women in Mathematics membership Education
Prof Malik Maaza The African Union Kwame Nkrumah Continental award for excellence in STI Graduate Studies
USA-Africa Edward Bouvhet Abdusalam Foundation (EBASI) membership
European Academy of Sciences (EAS) membership
Prof Ajay Mishra Honourary Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Science, Engineering and Technology

2016

Recipient

Recognition

College

Prof Nosisi Feza

Distinguished Scientist Award in Mathematics (India)

Graduate Studies

Prof Leeuw Lerothodi

NRF Hamilton Naki Award

Graduate Studies

Dr Naomi Nkealah

 

WISA Distinguished Young Women in Research

South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) membership

Human Sciences

Prof Puleng Segalo

South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) membership

Human Sciences

Prof GH van Rensburg

FUNDISA Excellence Award in Nursing

Human Sciences

2015

Recipient

Recognition

College

Prof Bheki Mamba

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Member

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof Shivani Bhardwaj Mishra

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK)

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Ali Mazrui Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Graduate Studies

Prof Catherine Hoppers

Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award

Graduate Studies

Prof Brigitte Smit

Education Association of South Africa (EASA) Research Medal

Education

Prof Lindiwe Zungu

Distinguished Woman Scientist, Women in Science Awards (WISA)

Human Sciences

2014

Recipient

Recognition

College

Prof Puleng Segalo              

Distinguished Young Woman in Science, Women in Science Awards (WISA)

Human Sciences

Prof Sekhar Ray

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) membership

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof Mohamed Seedat

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) membership

Graduate Studies

Prof Amos Saurombe

Young South African Academy of Science (SAYAS) membership

Law

Prof Catherine Hoppers

National Pioneers Award

Graduate Studies

Prof Lilli Pretorius

Thomas Pringle Award for Education

Education

2013

Recipient

Recognition

College

Prof Mpfariseni Budeli

Distinguished Young Women in Science, Women in Science Awards

Law

Prof Nareadi Phasha

Distinguished Researcher in Science, Women in Science Awards

Education

Prof Trudie Steyn

Education Association of South Africa (EASA) Medal of Honour

Education

Prof Mmboniseni Mulaudzi

South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)

Economic and Management Sciences

Prof Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) membership

Graduate Studies

Prof Tilman Dedering

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) membership

Human Sciences

Prof Themba Dube

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) membership

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof André Thomashausen

Academia Europaea

European Academy of Sciences

Law

Prof Temba Dube

South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) Award for Research Distinction

Science, Engineering and Technology

2012

Recipient

Recognition

College

Prof Eleanor Lemmer

Education Association of South Africa (EASA) Research Medal

Education

Prof Christo Lombaard

Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies

Human Sciences

Prof Malose Mphahlele

Academy of Sciences of South Africa (ASSAf) membership

Science, Engineering and Technology

2011

Recipient

Recognition

College

Prof Mamokgethi Setati

NSTF-BHP Billiton, TW Kambule Award

Research and Innovation

Prof Mpfariseni Budeli

South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS)

Law

Prof Melodie Slabbert

Hugo de Groot Prize

Law

Prof Tinyiko Maluleke

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) membership

Management

Unisa Internal Research Awards

Cultivating a positive research and innovation environment takes time and also requires investment: both financial and in terms of human capital. Most South African universities lack an appropriate research-enabling environment due to the historical context of higher education in South Africa that includes, among others, inequality of the Bantu education system and the fact that research engagements were previously the sole preserve of whites. To address this Unisa has prioritized the improvement of a research enabling environment in its Research and Innovation strategy. Research incentives, research awards and prizes make an important contribution towards cultivating a research enabling environment at Unisa.

Women in Research Awards

The Women’s Prize for Excellence in Research is an annual prize that is given to active and deserving UNISA women researchers. The prize is aimed at increasing and strengthening the participation of women in research at UNISA thereby responding to the Research and Innovation Strategic goal.

Youngest Doctoral Graduate Award

This award is presented to the youngest staff member who obtained her PhD during the previous year.

Year

Recipient

College

2019

Dr Sintechè van der Merwe

Human Sciences

2018

Dr Catherine le Roux

Economic and Management Sciences

2017

Dr Shandre Jansen van Rensburg

Law

2016

Dr Patricia Makoni

Economic and Management Sciences

2015

Dr Antoinette Pretorius

Human Sciences

2014

Dr Sekgololo Mabudusha

Human Sciences

2013

Prof Annemarie Davis

Economic and Management Sciences

2012

Dr Marlene Wethmar-Lemmer

Law

2011

Prof Lisa van Jaarsveldt

Economic and Management Sciences

Developing Researcher Award

The Developing Researcher Award is aimed at encouraging new or aspiring PhD candidates to become established researchers. To be considered for this award, a candidate must be permanently employed by Unisa, and be enrolled for PhD studies or be in possession of a PhD.

Year

Recipient

College                            

2019

Dr Itumeleng Setlhodi

Education

2018

Dr Rehana Cassim

Law

Dr Sin Yu Ho

Economic and Management Sciences

2017

Ms Thulile Shandu-Phetla

Human Sciences

Prof Amanda Spies

Law

2016

Ms Tracey McKay

Dr Madeleine Fombad

Agriculture and Enviromental Sciences

Human Sciences

2015

Dr Dikeledi Mahlo

Education

2014

Dr Eileen Donaldson

Human Sciences

2013

Dr Mopho Dichaba

Dr Matshidiso Taole

Dr Marinkie Madiope

Education

Education

Professional Research Group

2012

Dr Mpine Makoe

Ednah Onyari

Jo-Ansie van Wyk

Gwenneth Miller

Dr Tintswalo Manyike

Dr Elizabeth du Plessis

Dr Velisiwe Gasa

Bernadine Benson

Graduate Studies

Science, Engineering and Technology

Human Sciences

Human Sciences

Education

Education

Education

Law

2011

Ms Nadia Ferreira

Ms Juanida Horne

Ms Busi Mandleni

Ms Edinah Mudimu

Ms Sibongile Sindane

Economic and Management Sciences

Law

Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Economic and Management Sciences

Human Sciences

Leadership in Research Award

The Leadership in Research Award is awarded to researchers who, in the last five years, have demonstrated their outstanding leadership in research by publishing widely, contributing to the advancement of research within their field, participating in the development of scholars through mentorship, providing supervision to a substantial number of postgraduate students, receiving recognition and awards in their field as achievers and participating in community and/or industry engagement.

Year

Recipient

College

2019

Prof Zethu Nkosi

Human Sciences

2018

Prof Shivani Bhardwaj Mishra

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof Memory Tekere

Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

2017

Dr Muchaiteyi Togo

Agriculture and Environment Sciences

Prof Melinde Coetzee

Economic and Management Sciences

Prof Hasina Ebrahim

Education

2016

Prof Philina Coetzee

Prof Azwihangwisi Mavhandu-Mudzusi

Accounting Sciences

Human Sciences

2015

Prof Brigitte Smit

Prof Vivian Manyike

Education

Education

2014

Prof Diane Hildebrandt

Prof Rachel Barker

Prof Jo-Ansie van Wyk

Prof S Schoeman

Science, Engineering and Technology

Human Sciences

Human Sciences

Education

2013

Prof Melinde Coetzee

Prof Marié McGregor

Prof Gloria Thupayagale-Tshweneagae

Prof Michele Havenga

Prof Stella Vettori

Prof Susan Coetzee

Economic and Management Sciences

Law

Human Sciences

Graduate Studies

Graduate School of Business Leadership

Education

2012

Prof Breggie van der Poll

Prof Ilsa Basson

Prof Ruth de Villiers

Prof Valerie Ehlers

Prof Corinne Meier

Prof Lindiwe Zungu

Prof Melodie Slabbert

Prof Agata Krzychylkiewicz

Prof Trudie Steyn

Economic and Management Sciences

Science, Engineering and Technology

Science, Engineering and Technology

Human Sciences

Education

Human Sciences

Law

Human Sciences

Education

2011

Prof Marie de Beer

Prof Helene Gelderblom

Prof Elizabeth Kempen

Prof Eleanor Lemmer

Prof Susan Scott

Economic and Management Sciences

Science, Engineering and Technology

Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Education

Law

Resilience in Research Award

The Resilience in Research Award is awarded to a researcher who, in the last three years, has succeeded in attaining a doctoral qualification in spite of extraordinary personal circumstances that would inhibit possible completion. The award celebrates the values of perseverance, commitment and singular dedication in the pursuit of academic goals.

Year

Recipient

College

2016

Dr Lineo Johnson

Dr Bolanle Ikotun

Education

Science, Engineering and Technology

2015

Not awarded in 2015

-

2014

Not awarded in 2014

-

2013

Not awarded in 2013

2012

Prof Keshnee Padayachee

Dr Danisile Ntuli

Science, Engineering and Technology

Human Sciences

2011

Prof (then Ms) Lisa van Jaarsveld

Economic and Management Sciences

The Half Million and Million Rand Club Awards

The Half Million and Million Rand Club Awards are a new award introduced in 2019 to recognise researchers who have obtained competitive external funding for their research projects.

Success in attracting external funding is a crucial indicator of our research strength and thus serves as an important quality measure. Given the pressure on the Research budgets, external funding is an essential ingredient in sustaining the research agenda in the University.

Half Million Rand Club

The Half Million Rand Club Award recognises a researcher who has received external funding for his/her research from R500 000.00 to R1million.

Year

Recipient

College

2019

Prof M.N. Davids

Education

Dr L.A. de Kock

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof K.H. Jordaan

Economic and Management Sciences

Dr A.T. Kuvarega

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof A.K. Mishra

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof M. Mkansi

Economic and Management Sciences

Prof R.T. Mpofu

Education

Million Rand Cub

The Million Rand Club Award recognises a researcher who has received external funding for his/her research of R1million or more.

Year

Recipient

College

2019

Prof M.S. Dhlamini

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof D.W. Hedding

Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Prof X. Liu

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof D. Hildebrandt

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof K.M. Malan

Economic and Management Sciences

Prof T.S. Matambo

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof S.P. Mokoena

Education

Prof M.J. Mphahlele

Science, Engineering and Technology

Dr L. Ncube

Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Prof P. Prinsloo

Economic and Management Sciences

Prof C. Van Zyl

Economic and Management Sciences

Prof G. Nhamo

Economic and Management Sciences

 

The Conversation Research Communication Recognition Award 

Unisa is keen to extend its influence in popular media. The Conversation is a global online platform which helps researchers publish their work for popular consumption – and brings with it, amongst others, the potential of media exposure, collaborate research projects, and funding opportunities.

Year

Recipient

Recognition

College

2019

Dr R. Cassim

Highest Number of Contributions in 2019

Law

Prof D. Kotzé

Highest Number of Contributions in 2019

Human Sciences

Prof R. Ramfol

Most Read Unisa Article in 2019

Accounting Sciences

 

Innovation Awards

Year

Recipient

Recognition

College

2019

Prof M. Mkansi

Prolific Innovator Over the Past Five years

Most Prolific Innovator in 2019: Copyright Protected Innovation Category

Economic and Management Sciences

Prof L. Snyman

Prolific Innovator Over the Past Five years

First Patent Granted in South Africa Award: A Power System

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof M. Maaza

Most Prolific Innovator in 2019: Industrial Property Category

2019 Patent Application Incentive: Nanofluids and a Method of Making Nanofluids

Graduate Studies

Prof D. Glasser (retired)

Prof D. Hildebrandt

Prof X. Lu

First Patent Granted in Examining Jurisdictions/ Country Award Fixed Bed Reactor (Australia 2018)

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof J.D. Dewar (retired)

Mr C. Groeneveld

First Patent Granted in South Africa Award: Waste Beer Recovery

Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Prof T.A.M. Msagati

First Patent Granted in South Africa Award: Recovery of Crude Oil

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof H. Stoffberg

First Patent Granted in South Africa Award: Irrigation Sprinkler

Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Prof K.K. Kebede

Prof B.B. Mamba

2019 Patent Application Incentive: A Process for Treating Acid Mine Drainage

Science, Engineering and Technology

Prof M.M. Ntwasa

2019 Patent Application Incentive: Anti-cancer Drug Combination

Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Last modified: 2020/05/18