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Postdoctoral Fellows

UP Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme


The University of Pretoria annually grants postdoctoral fellowships with a view to grow and sustain an environment that supports a vibrant research, scholarship and innovation culture. In order to achieve this purpose, the University strives to attract postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated outstanding talent in their area of research, and who would contribute to research productivity and impact.

The programme enables postdoctoral fellows to build their academic careers by participating in the University's areas of research strength and strategic priorities. Those interested in applying for the UP Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme should consult prospective research leaders or mentors with whom they will become co-applicants.

Awards are made annually on a competitive basis.The expectation is that fellows will be active and productive researchers, and develop academically, under the mentorship of experienced academic staff. Therefore also the importance of aligning postdoctoral placements with areas of research strength, and for the University to benefit from the potential contribution of postdoctoral fellows to research output, through their assistance in research projects and in the supervision of postgraduate students.

Please visit the faculty websites for detail on areas of research interest, and view the information provided in the application and other forms below.


Mrs Mpho Maithufi
Postdoctoral Programmes Officer
tel:  012 420 4023
email:  [email protected]
Department of Research and Innovation Support

Application for the Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship (closed)

The University of Pretoria invites applications from excellent doctoral graduates to apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University.

The focus is on international candidates, in particular, who are interested in research fields that are of strategic priority to the University. These include: biological sciences, data sciences, economics and business sciences, energy, engineering, food security, genomics, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, and sustainable development.

closing date: 31 July 2017

Please download the advertisement and application form.

Application for a Postdoctoral Fellowship (closed)

Application for a Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship (closed)

Constitution of the UP Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Wind turbine foundations in unsaturated soils

Department of Civil Engineering (closed)

Outstanding applicants are sought for the post of Research Associate in the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at UP.

Please download details of the position here.

Closing date: 15 July 2017

School of Health Systems and Public Health, UP

Four postdoctoral fellowships are available for posts in environmental and occupational epidemiology (closed)

To be considered for these positions, please download the detail and advertisement here.

Closing date: 6 July 2017

External Awards

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Science (NOW OPEN)

Applications are invited for the DAAD funded postdoctoral fellowship in Data Science at AIMS South Africa under the supervision of Dr Bubacarr Bah, the German Research Chair for Data Science. The research area will be Data Science in a very broad sense, see details here. Applications will be submitted through the DAAD portal found here.

PLEASE NOTE: In recognition of the higher cost of living in South Africa compared to other Sub-saharan African countries, the salary offered by DAAD will be topped-up by AIMS South Africa and the amount of top-up will be negotiated with the candidate.

Closing date:

The deadline for applications for this position has been extended to 20 November 2017.

The South African SKA Project (closed)

The South African SKA Project (SKA SA) invites applications for five postdoctoral fellowships, commencing in 2018.

Please download further detail here.

Apply at: 

Closing date: 25 September 2017

Andrew W Mellon Foundation 

An Initiative for Early Career Scholars from the Global South (closed)

The 2018-19 Summer Program in Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University

The School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, invites applications for the 2018-2019 Summary Program in Social Science.

Please download the advertisement here.

Note that applications need to be completed online at

Deadline: 15 September 2017

The South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR)

Call for postdoctoral fellowships, 2018 (closed)

SANCOR invites recent doctoral graduates to apply for postdoctoral scholships valid for a period of 24 months to conduct research in the marine and coastal environment. Research should be based on the broad themes as set out in SANCOR's research agenda.

The total award is R200 000 per annum.

Please download the SANCOR Postdoctoral Framework for 2018 here.

Closing date: 27 June 2017

Please note that applicants must apply online at Hard copy applications will not be accepted.

South African National Space Agency (SANSA) (closed)

SANSA's Space Science Directorate, situated is Hermanus, Western Cape, is offering four postdoctoral fellowships in their space science programme. The fellowships are for three-year contract positions.

Application deadline: 26 April 2017

Details can be downloaded here

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science 2017 programme call for applications (closed)

Deadline: 19 April 2017

For more information and to apply, visit
For enquiries, please email: [email protected]

TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits ​(closed)

Deadline: 31 March 2017

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhDs not earlier than 2012, and who are from sub-Saharan Africa (including South Africa), with the opportunity to make a 'Cooperation Visit' to an Institute in Germany.

  • Such visits will have a duration of no more than three months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

The application form can be downloaded here.

For further information, please see:    

Claude Leon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships (closed)

The Claude Leon Foundation is offering Postdoctoral Fellowships, commencing in 2018, for research in the faculties of Science, Engineering and Medical Sciences, to be conducted at universities in South Africa.

  • UP closing date to allow for screening: 05 May 2017
  • The external Claude Leon Foundation closing date: 31 May 2017

Please download UP information, the CLF application form, and the CLF terms and conditions here.


Australia Awards through AAUN (closed)

The Australia Awards--Africa programme is offering an opportunity to develop on-going research and professional links in the areas of Science and Technology, Agricultural Productivity, and Health.

Australia Awards will pilot a number of Postdoctoral Fellowships through the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN). Applicants must be affiliated to a South African University that is a member of the AAUN (University of Pretoria or University of Cape Town), and engage in research activity.

Application deadline:  28 February 2017

For more information, go to:

SKA South Africa Postdoctoral Fellowships (closed)

The South African SKA Project invites applications for five postdoctoral fellowships.

UP application closing date to allow for screening: 24 August 2016.

SKA SA application deadline: 31 August 2016.

NRF Funding

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2018 (closed)

The National Research Foundation (NRF), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), is pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2018 in the following categories:

  • NRF Free-standing Postdoctoral Fellowships (local and abroad);
  • Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships; and
  • Scarce Skills Development Fund: Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Successful applicants must undertake full-time postdoctoral research.  The fellowships cannot be held concurrently with any salaried full-time employment.

  • Applicant's submission deadline: 6 July 2017
  • Internal deadline for validation by UP as the designated authority (DA): 13 July 2017
  • NRF deadline: 20 July 2017

Please download the Framework for the three funding instruments, as well as the Application and Funding Guide here.

Applicants must apply on the NRF online system at

NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2018 (closed)

Closing dates:

  • Applicant's submission deadline -- 06 July 2017
  • The internal deadline for validation by UP as the designated authority (DA) is 13 July 2017
  • The NRF deadline -- 20 July 2017.

The fellowships are open to permanent residents from eligible developing countries other than South Africa (see Guidelines).

Please download the NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships Framework, and the Application and Funding Guide for 2018.

Applicants must apply on the NRF Online system at  

DST-NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the UK for Funding, 2018 (closed)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), in partnership with the United Kingdom (under the UK-South Africa Newton Fund) are pleased to announce the call for applications.

Applicant's closing date: 06 July 2017

NRF closing date: 20 July 2017

NOTE: Applicants must apply using the NRF online system at: and download the Applications and Funding Guide, and the Framework here.


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