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GENUS is where Africa’s greatest Palaeoscience network of diverse, passionate and aspiring individuals come together to turn ancient history into tomorrow’s solutions.

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GENUS has not only provided funding for my studies but additionally, support and motivation for my studies and the advancement of my career as a young, black, female scientist through structured programmes. The committee’s willingness to always help makes me feel fortunate to be a GENUS in Palaeosciences grantee.
Moseri Moteng

MSc Candidate, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

The top-up funding that I have received from CoE-Pal since the year 2019 has helped me to accomplish my master's research because otherwise some of the objectives of my research would not have been achieved. I am entirely grateful for CoE-Pal team. You are doing so amazing for all African young scientists like me.
Nelson Ernesto Nhamutole

MSc Candidate, Evolutionary Studies Institute , University of the Witwatersrand

My biggest career goal is to contribute to the development of archaeobotany in southern Africa and build a bridge between the field and other paleoenvironmental studies to form a community of ‘Environmental Archaeology’ in southern Africa. During my studies, the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences has been very supportive of my journey through their financial support for postgraduate students, which in turn has allowed me to complete my studies and grow as a young researcher.
Bongekile Zwane

PhD Candidate, Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand

The Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences contribution to the ongoing success of my PhD studies is not confined to simply providing funds. CoE-Pal has fostered an environment of inclusion which has allowed for the provision of a safe space to engage with issues of transformation. All of which has lifted grantee morale during these exceptional times. The continuous support of this institution has provided me with the opportunity to identify, investigate and capitalise on new technology and research methods.
Kelita Shadrach

PhD Candidate, School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand

I always consider myself a hybrid, because although I am a geologist my research questions are informed by palaeoanthropology so to most funding bodies, I am rather not part of their required. However, the CoE has really appreciated the value and importance of my research endeavours with their support I can be at ease in conducting my research. In addition, their frequent career development initiatives have elevated not only my academic skills (writing, publishing, presenting, science communication) but also my learning and sharing in the Palaeosciences community. This has enriched my experience in research.
Silindokuhle Mavuso

PhD Candidate, School of Geosciences, University of the Witwatersrand