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Doctor Nigel Eltringham

Nationality: United Kingdom

Year: 1999

Subject Area: Social Sciences

My doctoral research explored how the Rwandan political class accounted for the 1994 genocide - the ways in which they shared epistemological assumptions and representational practices beyond substantive disagreement. To complement fieldwork conducted in Rwanda in 1998, I needed to conduct further fieldwork among the diaspora in Europe. It was this period of fieldwork (in Belgium, Switzerland and France) that the Wingate Scholarship funded. Without that funding the completion of fieldwork would have been severely delayed. Funding, therefore, enabled me to submit my thesis in 2001 which was then revised and published as Accounting for Horror: Post-Genocide Debates in Rwanda (Pluto Press, 2004). This book, and other related publications, led to my being appointed as a Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sussex. As a consequence, the Wingate Scholarship played an invaluable part in the early stages of my career. Now that I supervise my own doctoral students, I am even more aware of the lack of adequate funding for post-graduate research and that the Wingate Scholarship represents an invaluable asset to the research community in the UK.