Post-Doctoral opportunities 

It is a high priority to increase the utilization of postdoctoral and research fellowships in the Faculty in order to ensure a sustainable growth in research output, to raise the standard of research and to provide additional mentorship for postgraduate students. A plan is being developed to ensure a greater utilization of the Vice-Chancellors' Postdoctoral fellowship and the UP Postdoctoral and Research fellowship initiatives to double the existing number of postdoctoral positions in 2014.

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 would contribute to sustaining a research culture through enhancing research productivity.

UP Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities

Central University Opportunities 

                 - VC's Staff Development Grant

 - Research Development Programme

                 - Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme

                 - Research Fellowship Programme

                 - Postgraduate Study Abroad Programme

 - Academic Staff Exchange

                 - UP Visiting Professor Programme


·        Outside funding Opportunities

 NRF Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowship

Type of fellowship


Applications open

Determined by the NRF on an annual basis.

Applications close

Contact the Postgraduate Desk in the CSC for the internal closing date.


• Only South African citizens for full-time research in South Africa or abroad.

• Only outstanding international candidates will be considered for full-time research in South Africa.

•  Exceptional doctoral graduates who have obtained their doctoral degrees in the last five years and who wish to undertake postdoctoral research training.

• Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, taking the applicant’s academic achievements and potential as researchers into account. Publications weigh heavily in the assessment of applications.

• Fellowships will preferably be tenable at institutions other than the one where the doctoral degree was obtained. Applicants who wish to undertake postdoctoral research with their PhD institution or supervisor must submit a strong motivation.

Fields of study


Social and Human Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology.

Value of fellowship

Research in South Africa

R110 000 p.a.

R10 000 p.a. contribution towards the running expenses of the fellow’s research.

Research abroad

US$16 500 p.a.

Travel grant

R5 000 once-off towards fellow’s travelling from/to abroad or South Africa.

Period of support

2 years

How to apply

Online application https:/

Contact information

Leanne van Zyl             

[email protected]        

Tel: +27 (0)12 420 6639            

Mpai Mphunngoa

[email protected]

Tel: +27 (0)12 420 6850 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting  SHAPE  \* MERGEFORMAT +27 (0)12 420 6850 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Copyright © University of Pretoria 2024. All rights reserved.

FAQ's Email Us Virtual Campus Share Cookie Preferences