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Information for prospective postdoctoral researchers

The Department of Zoology and Entomology hosts a large and vibrant group of postdoctoral fellows and research fellows drawn from around the world to study the unique African fauna. We welcome and value the new knowledge and skills that these researchers bring to the Department, and encourage them to participate in the academic culture of the Department. Postdoctoral fellows and research fellows in the Department are able to co-supervise Honours, MSc and PhD students, and thereby gain important experience in research supervision.

The University of Pretoria is a research-intensive institution that consistently produces the highest number of research outputs in South Africa, and the Department of Zoology and Entomology is the largest contributor to this achievement. Pretoria is located close to diverse African environments with unique study systems. The city is located on the interface between the grassland and savannah biomes, and in close proximity to internationally-renowned natural areas, including the Kruger National Park, and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed “Cradle of Humankind”, Vredefort Dome and uKhahlamba/Drakensberg Park. Pretoria is also on the doorstep of the newly proclaimed UNESCO Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve. This central location not only provides excellent opportunities for research but also recreation. Being the administrative capital of South Africa and home to many international embassies, Pretoria also offers a diversity of cultures, cuisines, and entertainment opportunities, making it a great place to live and work.

Recent PhD graduates or those close to completion who are interested in postdoctoral research within the Department of Zoology and Entomology should contact a potential academic staff mentor to discuss available options.

To find out more about being a post-doctoral fellow or research fellow in the Department of Zoology and Entomology, and for advice on relocation to Pretoria, contact the Postdoctoral Representatives, Dr Trevor McIntyre (South African postdocs) or Dr Katarina Medger (international postdocs).

Postdoctoral fellowship and research fellow opportunities

University of Pretoria Postdoctoral Fellowships and Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships

The University of Pretoria offers postdoctoral fellowships on a competitive basis to recent PhD graduates who are sponsored by a mentor based within the University.

The Vice-Chancellor's Fellowships programme prioritises international postdoctoral candidates.

University of Pretoria Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships

Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships are available to doctoral graduate who have successfully completed a postdoctoral fellowship of at least two years and authored publications as a postdoctoral fellow. The period of support is three years.

NRF Freestanding, Scarce Skills and Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships 

The South African National Research Foundation offers postdoctoral fellowships on a competitive basis to recent PhD graduates (within 5 years of award). South African, SADC, other African and other International applicants may apply. A call for applications is made in the second half of the year preceding the year of commencement.

Claude Leon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships

The purpose of the Claude Leon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships is to upgrade research in faculties of Science, Engineering and Medical Sciences in South African Universities by making awards to both South African and foreign postdoctoral scientists, who should increase the volume and quality of research output, transfer technical skills, and generally enhance the research culture of universities. It is envisaged that Fellows are not involved in undergraduate teaching, but will contribute to postgraduate research training. Applications open in the first half of the year preceding the year of commencement.

- Author C. Weldon
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