Postdoctoral Fellows

UP Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme


University-wide closing date (for first round): 28 February 2017 (now closed)

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.

NOTE: the internal faculty deadlines are before 28 February 2017. Please contact the respective faculty and check detail below.


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

The forms and constitution can be downloaded here:

Application for a Postdoctoral Fellowship

Application for a Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship

Constitution of the UP Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme.

Faculty Contact Details for UP Postdoctoral Fellowships





Nkosi Kgoogo
012 420 4356

NAS internal deadline: 20 February 2017


Tracey Andrew
012 420 4850


Daleen Kotze
012 420 2348

Theology internal deadline: 22 February 2017


Mornay Hassen
012 420 4126


Denise Smit
012 420 3008


Yvonne Munro
012 420 4199


Natasha Jeftha
012 319 2368

Health Sciences internal deadline: 21 February 2017


Lunga Mengu
012 529 8201


Marcel Deysel
012 420 4381    

EMS internal deadline: 22 February 2017

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Centre for Neuroendocrinology


Closing date: 17th March 2017 (closed)

Applications from suitably qualified doctoral graduates are invited to apply for a full-time, postdoctoral research fellowship available in the Centre for Neuroendocrinology, based within the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria.
The research of the Centre for Neuroendocrinology focusses on using their expertise in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) function to advance understanding of the mechanisms of actions of neuroendocrine hormones and their cognate GPCRs and to develop novel drugs targeting these systems. Research has been focused in the field of reproduction, but also encompasses appetite, growth, inflammation, cell invasion, angiogenesis and hormone-dependent cancers.
Please view the attached advertisement for further details

External Awards

South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

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

Deadline: 19 April 2017

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

TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visit

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

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 internal 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 (open -- note that deadline has been extended)

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 (now closed)

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 | Call for Appeals (closed)
This Appeal Call is applicable to applicants who have submitted applications in 2015 to the Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Post-doctoral Fellowships funding instrument and the applications were not recommended for funding.
Please refer to the attached Appeals Guideline for detailed information.
In order to access the appeal, follow the process below:
  • Click on my "Applications"
  • Click on "List Applications"
  • An appeal can be created for applicants with this icon next to the 2015 application.
Call Open:  01 July 2016
Call Close:  22 July 2016

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2017 (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) are pleased to announce the call for scholarship applications for 2017 in the following categories:

Please download the Application and Funding Guide here.

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

NOTE: The closing date for University of Pretoria applicants is Tuesday, 7 June 2016 to allow for screening.

The NRF application deadline is Monday, 13 June 2016.  Applicants must apply on the NRF online system at

NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017 (closed)

Closing dates:

  • For UP applications, 26 May to allow for screening, and
  • For NRF, 7 June 2016.

Please download the NRF-TWAS instructions, the application and funding guide, and the framework documents here.

DST-NRF Newton Fund Fellowships, 2017 (closed)

Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom for 2017 (closed).

The Application and Funding Guide can be downloaded here. Please note that applications need to be completed on the NRF Online Submission System at:

Closing date: Thursday, 30 June 2016.








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