Research Funding | Emerging Researchers

PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent

List of Announcements

Please Note —
The Deputy Dean, Research holds the delegation to sign all research-related internal (UP) applications.  After ensuring compliance the Research Office (Ms Natasha Jeftha) will obtain his signature on your application.  Please do not submit any applications to the Dean's Office.
Funding opportunities with the most imminent closing dates are at the top of the list.  Closed, recurrent calls are displayed at the end of the list to keep their information available for future planning.
Some links still provide 2018 documents /information.  These are updated with that for 2019 as and when they become available.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: the National Research Foundation has implemented a significant change in their funding environment: the NRF will only publish One Call for applications for funding in February 2020. Important to note is that researchers and students will be able to apply in only one of the drop-down options within the Category of Grants available for applications.


Call Status Programme Call Documents & Links Faculty Closing Date
N/A GMSA Communique: Unspent 2020 funding Call Guidelines N/A
N/A Notice from NRF regarding extended deadlines Call Guidelines various
Open Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships 2021-2022

Call Guidelines

Postdoctoral information

15 December 2020
Open Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship 2021-2022

Call Guidelines

Application guidelines

Application instructions

09 November 2020
Open Global Development Network | The Global Development Awards Competition 2020

Call Guidelines

Application form

Information Booklet

14:30                   30 September 2020
Open Africa Research Excellence Fund | Research Development Fellowship 2020

Call Guidelines

Application form

Budget sheet

14:00                   23 September 2020
Closed Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Fellow Programme 2021 Call Guidelines 23 August 2020
Closed UP Department of Medical Virology | Zoonotic Arbo and Respiratory Virus Programme (ZARV)

Call Guidelines

Information of postdoctoral position

10 August 2020
Closed L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science South Africa

Call Guidelines

Application guide


20 July 2020
Closed Gauteng Accelerator Programme Call Guidelines 20 July 2020
Closed DHET | Future Professors Programme Call Guidelines 18:00 20 July 2020
Closed 5th BRICS Young Scientist Forum Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Call Guidelines

Application guide

26 June 2020
Closed NRF COVID-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund

Call Guidelines


10 June 2020
Closed TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme Call Guidelines 18 May 2020
Closed Thermo Fisher Scientific: PCR and Oncomine Research Grants Call Guidelines 17 April 2020
Closed Excellence in Africa: Junior faculty development program Call Guidelines 17 March 2020

2020/2021 Cycle Suspended

(Please read attached communication)

NRF | Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) 2020

NRF Communication






UP | Staff Travel Abroad Programme Round 1 (Closed)

UP | Staff Travel Abroad Programme Round 2 (Open)

UP | Staff Travel Abroad Programme Round 3 (Closed)

Call Guidelines

General Application Guide

21 February 2020

22 May 2020

21 August 2020





UP Conference Funding Round 1 (Closed)

UP Conference Funding Round 2 (Open)

UP Conference Funding Round 3 (Closed)

UP Conference Funding Round 4 (Closed)

Call Information

18 March 2020

22 June 2020

07  September 2020

09  November 2020


NRF | Competitive Support For Unrated Researchers (CSUR) 2019

Call Information

Framework Document

General Application Guide

15 April 2019

tbc Early Career Academics Programme 2019 (tbc) Information 2019 tbc
N/A UP Research & Innovation Support (DRIS) Web & Funding Bulletins External Research Funding various
N/A Annual Funding Opportunities - Preliminary Call Schedule 2019 Call Schedule (excel) various
2020 rear round UP Staff Academic Development Programme

Call information

Application Form

Programme Conditions

2020 year round NHLSRT | Development Grants (Open)

Call information

Application Form



EDCTP | Preparatory Fellowships – Joint call with the Africa Research Excellence Fund (Closed)

EDCTP | Senior Fellowships (Closed)

Call Information

1 February 2019

28 February 2019


Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF) Round 1 (Closed)

Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF) Round 2 (Closed)

Call Information

14 February 2019

31 August 2019


NHLSRT | Research Awards Round 1 (Closed)

NHLSRT | Research Awards Round 2 (Closed)

Call information

Application Form


15 March 2019

13 September 2019


UP Postdoctoral Programme Round 1 (tbc)

UP Postdoctoral Programme Round 2 (tbc)

UP Postdoctoral Programme Round 3 (tbc)

Call Information tbc

UP | Research Development Programme (RDP) Round 1 (Closed)

UP | Research Development Programme (RDP) Round 2

Call Information

18 February 2019

4 October 2019

Closed Grand Challenges funding opportunities:

Emerging Technologies for New Solutions in Global Health Priority areas

Environmental niches of Salmonella Typhi

Increased Demand For Vaccination Services

10 April 2019

NRF & FAPESP | Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration

Call Information

Call Guidelines

3 May 2019


NRF | Freestanding Innovation & Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019

Call Information

Framework Document

Application Guide

30 June 2019



BRICS YSF | Call for abstracts

Call Information

Application Form

11 May 2019

SAYAS | Nominations for 2019 Sayas Members

Call Information

Application Form

14 May 2019


CANSA | Cancer Research Grants 2019

Call Summary

Application Form

Overseas Application

Overseas Report

Rules and Regulations

16 May 2019

TWAS-ROSSA | Nominations for the 2019 TWAS Young Affiliates

Call Summary

Application Form

31 May 2019
Closed Claude Leon Postdoctoral Fellowships Programme 2019

Call Summary

Terms & Conditions

Application Form

31 May 2019

NRF | South Africa/France Science and Technology Research Collaboration (PROTEA)

Call Information

Call Guidelines

4 June 2019

FLAIR | Fellowship Opportunity 2019

Call Information

11 June 2019


Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists 2019

Call Information

15 July 2019

Closed UP | Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2019 Call Information 31 July 2019

TWAS-BIOTEC Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2018

Call Information 31 July 2018

YSEP | The South Africa-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme 2019

Call Information

Call Guidelines

15 August 2018


Stellenbosch University | DAAD | HRK DIES/CREST Online Training Course for Supervisors of Doctoral Candidates at African Universities

Call Information 19 August 2018
Closed NRF | Mentorship Call: Invitation to Mentors to apply to host NRF Interns in 2019-2020

Call Information

Application Form

Framework Document

Gauteng Province Document

27 August 2018


 TWAS | CSIR & DBT Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Call Information 31 August 2018

UP | University of Pretoria Commonwealth Doctoral Scholarship 2019

Call Information

Award Conditions

Application Form

Referee Form

17 September 2018


Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Call Information

17 September 2018


MSCA | Individual Fellowships (IF) 2018

MSCA | Co-funding of regional (COFUND) , national and international programmes 2018

Call information

12 September 2018

27 September 2018


SAMA | PhD & Masters Supplementary Scholarship

Call Summary

PhD Application Form

Masters Application Form

SAMA PhD Information

SAMA Masters Information

5 October 2018

EDCTP | Diagnostic tools for poverty-related diseases 2018

EDCTP | Advances in product development for effective prevention, treatment and management of co-infections and co-morbidities 2018

Call Information

11 October 2018

18 October 2018


STIAS | Iso Lomso Fellowship Programme 2018

Call Summary

Framework Document

Application Form

20 October 2018

EDCTP | Capacity development to facilitate delivery and uptake of new or improved medical interventions in African health systems 2018

EDCTP | Ethics and regulatory capacities 2018

Call Information

11 October 2018


22 November 2018


EDCTP | Strategic action for overcoming drug resistance in malaria 2018

EDCTP | Vaccines for diarrhoeal diseases or lower respiratory tract infections 2018

EDCTP | Strategic action for the comparison, selection and development of malaria vaccine candidates 2018


Call Information

30 October 2018

30 October 2018


1 November 2018


EWSETA/DST/WRC | Water and Sanitation focused Postgraduate Student Bursary Call

Call Summary

Call Advertisement

11 November 2018

FCS | Swiss Government Excellence PhD Scholarships for foreign students 2019-2020


Call Summary

Framework Document

FAQs for scholarship applicants

15 December 2018

SAMRC | Conference Application

Call Information

Cover Page


20 December 2018

IIASA | DST | NRF | High-Level Capacity Strengthening Programme

Call Information

Call Guidelines

Framework Document

27 April 2018

NRF | Knowledge, Interchange & Collaboration (KIC) Scientific Events /Travel Grants Round 1

Call information 17 April 2018

AAUN | Partnership & Research Development Fund (PDRF)

Call Information

10 April

Closed Discovery Foundation Awards Call information

6 October 2017

6 October 2017

6 October 2017

15 January 2018

15 January 2018


Faculty Closing Date


various Early Career Academics Programme 2017
15 September 2017 Margaret McNamara Education Grant 2017
6 October 2017
6 October 2017
6 October 2017

15 January 2018
15 January 2018
The Discovery Foundation Sub-specialist Awards
The Discovery Foundation Academic Fellowship Awards 
The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award 
The Discovery Foundation Rural Fellowship Awards 
The Discovery Foundation Excellence Award
23 October 2017 Struwig-Germeshuysen Kanker Navorsingstrust (SGKN Trust) Beursaanbod


2016/17 Calls already closed

2 August 2017 SOUTH AFRICAN MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (SAMRC) 2017 Self-initiated Research Grants
31 July 2017 UP Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme 2018 (International Candidates only)
21 June 2017 HAMILTON NAKI Clinical Scholarship 2017
20 June 2017 SAYAS | Nominations for 2017 SAYAS Members
15 June 2017 MRC/DFID/NIHR Call for research to improve adolescent health in LMIC settings
09 May 2017 Young Scientists' Conference 2017
1 May 2017 UNLEASH Innovation Lab Programme 2017
2 April 2017 ACU | Early Career Academic Grants
25 March 2017 MOBILE+2 (MOBility for International Learning Experiences) Project Scholarships
22 March 2017 Newton International Fellowships Scheme 2017
31 January 2017 Australian Post-Doctoral (Post-Doc) Fellowships
26 October 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 2017
31 October 2016 Struwig-Germeshuysen Kankernavorsingstrust (SGKN-Trust) | Beursaanbod
15 September 2016 Reimagine Education Awards 2016
19 August 2016 Patrick & Margaret Flanagan Scholarship 2017
5 August 2016 Wellcome Trust | Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science
15 August 2016 ICSU-NASAC-ISSC “Energy - Health - Natural Disasters” nexus in African cities

3 July 2015

NRF | Infrastructure Funding Instruments in support of the National Equipment Programme (NEP) and National Nanotechnology Equipment Programme (NNEP) | 2015/16 Call for Applications
8 July 2015 AREF | Research Development Fellowships
31 July 2015 DST-NRF | Professional Development Programme
8 September 2015 SA-Japan Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration
27 October 2015 NRF | South Africa - India Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration
1 for 29 February 2016 IMMANA Fellowships (round 2)
3 March 2016 NRF | UK - South Africa Researcher Links Mobility Grant 2016
31 March 2016 NRF | Call for 2015 Annual Progress Reports (APR) for Continued Funding
Scholarships and Fellowships Support in 2016
29 April 2016 NRF | Competitive Programme for Y-rated Researchers 2017
29 April 2016 NRF | Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers
20 May 2016 USAID | Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development
31 May 2016 SNSF-NRF | Swiss South African Joint Research Programme 2016
23 June 2016 NRF | Conference Fund
30 June 2016 NRF | Fellowship For Early Career Researchers from The United Kingdom for Funding in 2017
27 June 2016 WRC | Proposal Submission Cycle 2016/2017
tba NRF | Sabbatical Grants to complete PhD
15 September 2015 MMEG | Education Grants For Women Who Make A Difference

Recurrent and older calls


SOM Rescom | Short-term Research Grants 2016

1 June 2016 NRF-TWAS | Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2017
17 March 2016 NHLSRT | Research Grants
21 July 2016 MRC | Self-initiated Research (SIR) Grant
17 October 2016 National Health Scholars Programme (NHSP)
23 July 2015 NRF | Thuthuka Programme
31 July 2015 DAAD-NRF | Masters and Doctoral Scholarships
20 August 2015 UP | Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowhip Programme
29 January 2016 Faculty of Health Sciences | Research Assistants Call


UP Department of Research and Innovation Support Funding Bulletins

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NRF and UP Funding Awards

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NRF Call Schedule 

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Early Career Academics Programme

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Margaret McNamara Education Grants (MMEG) was founded in 1981 in memory of Margaret Craig McNamara, who dedicated her life to improving the lives of underserved women and children at home and overseas. They were originally called the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF), and rebranded in 2015. MMEG awards grants to women studying in accredited universities in the US and Canada, and selected universities in South Africa and Latin America.

Margaret McNamara Education Grants (MMEG) invites exceptional women students to apply to their annual grant program. Today, MMEG grantees are involved in a broad range of activities that benefit women and children, including improving conditions for learning-challenged children, using art therapy to heal ex-child soldiers, providing safe water delivery systems to rural communities, advocating for women’s rights, caring for HIV/AIDS orphans, providing counselling to women and children traumatized by war, and training nurses in breast cancer prevention.

Some grantees already are respected leaders in grass-root organizations, and are studying to formalize their knowledge with university degrees. Other grantees are pursuing their studies in hard science (or STEM degrees), where the gender gap remains huge among leadership positions, and serve as role models for women seeking a career in “non-traditional” fields.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be at least 25 years old at time of application deadline
  • Be a national of a country listed on the MMEG Country Eligibility List
  • Be enrolled at an accredited academic institution when submitting application; and plan to be enrolled for a full academic term after award of the grant by the Board (i.e. January – December or September – May)
  • Not be related to a World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund or Inter-American Development Bank staff member or spouse

MMEG awards grants on a competitive basis to exceptional women already enrolled part time (minimum of 2 courses per semester or term) or full time at one of the following universities:

  1. University of Witwatersrand
  2. University of Cape Town
  3. University of Pretoria
  4. University of the Free State;

Applicants are screened by an all-volunteer, independent selection committee, and grants are awarded by the Board of Directors by December every year:

  • Applicants applying from eligible countries other than South Africa must already hold a study permit for South Africa
  • Estimated expenses should be calculated and expressed in Rand (US $7 000 is the maximum award)
  • Remember to read the Application Checklist & FAQs before applying and select the: "Africa program" in the first question of the application
  • Queries may be addressed to: [email protected] during this period. Decisions will be announced by December.


Before starting the MMEG application process, please scan the following documents in digital form (pdf preferred, jpeg or png):

  • Identification (ID) card with photo:
  • national passport page with photo and date of birth, if studying outside your home country, or
  • government/university-issued identity card with photo and birth date;
  • Most recent proof of official registration from university (not their acceptance letter);
  • Most recent official university transcripts and/or reports
  • Visa page or study permit page within current passport (if studying outside home country);
  • Second passport page with clear photo (in case of dual citizenship).

You will be asked to upload these documents at specific areas of the on-line application form.  You must also provide:

  • Brief paragraphs of your personal story, and a description of how your studies, experiences and future plans are linked to your commitment to women and children in developing countries;
  • An estimate of your financial situation for the coming academic year, and planned strategies to cover funding needs;
  • A summary of your thesis (if applicable), including its objective, methodology and findings, and relationship to career goals.

Two reference letters are required. Please contact two people from whom you would like to request a reference letter.  Referee 1 must be a professor from your current university. Referee 2 may be from a person (non-family member) who can vouch for your character. At least one of the individuals must have known you for the equivalent of at least two semesters. After receiving their confirmation, you will be asked to provide in the application form:

  • Email addresses and phone numbers of the two people providing references. They will each receive an email link from Embark Online to write their recommendation. When their recommendations are submitted, you will also be notified by Embark.

Interested parties may visit the website: for more detailed information. Interested applicants may also view the information video on YouTube by searching for “Margaret McNamara Education Grants”, or clicking on this link:


For the Africa program: 13 September 2017

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Internal Closing Date: Wednesday 2nd August 2017

The SAMRC’s Self-initiated Research (SIR) Grants Programme is designed to support original research initiated by a researcher at a recognized research institution in selected areas of health. SIR grants are in the amount of up to R200 000 per year for a maximum period of three years. These funds provide support for research expenses and it is expected that the researchers/ applicants already have in place the necessary equipment and facilities required for the proposed research. Applications are invited in two different categories as follows:

  1. Early-career researchers and
  2. Mid-level and established researchers.

The following changes have been introduced to the SIR Programme:

  • New research priority areas are covered
  • Individuals working within MRC extra-mural research units are now eligible to apply
  • The focus of the call is early-career scientists; however mid-level and established researchers are also invited to apply, provided that a clear focus on capacity building is demonstrated

Please see the guideline (RFA) document and follow this link for more details:

The MRC has also confirmed that ProposalCentral is available for submission of all proposals to the MRC SIR call. The system can be accessed via: and clicking on the Online registration and application link.

Applicants will have to click the ‘login’ button if they’ve used the system before or will have to create a new account if they are new users.

Kindly make use of the INSTITUTION SPECIFIC instructions for institutional validation and endorsement of applications.

Kindly direct all queries and institutional validation to Ms Natasha Jeftha.

Contact Details:

Faculty contact person: Natasha Jeftha

UP Contact:

Didi Botes

MRC Contact: Clive Glass

[email protected]

012 319 2378

[email protected]

012 420 2871          

Grants Manager: GIPD

Tel: +27 21 9380225

[email protected]

South African Medical Research Council

Francie van Zijl Drive, Parow Valley | Cape Town| Western


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Below are three opportunities for fellowships in 2018 via the NRF, kindly see below for more information as well as the relevant documents pertaining to each opportunity:


Call Name and details

Application Submission Deadline

Further Information


DST – NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom for Funding in 2018

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) in partnership with the United Kingdom Academies (under the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund).

 This call is intended for applicants based in the United Kingdom and will require an Institutional Designated Authority (DA) validation process. The deadline for submission of applications to the host institutions for approval by Designated Authorities (DAs) is Thursday 20 June 2017.

6 July 2017

Applicants must apply using the NRF Online system at: and follow the application process set out in the call document and funding manual



NRF - TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships Call for 2018

The National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of South Africa, in partnership with The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), which is based in Italy. These fellowships are open to permanent residents from eligible developing countries other than South Africa.


6 July 2017


Applicants must apply on the NRF Online system at: no later than Thursday, 06 July 2017.

For information pertaining to this call, please click on:

· NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships Framework 2018; and

· NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowships Application and Funding Guide 2018.


NRF Free-standing, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2018

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) announce the call for Postdoctoral Fellowship 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

NB: Successful applicants must undertake full-time Postdoctoral research. The Fellowships cannot be held concurrently with any salaried full-time employment.

6 July 2017


Applicants must apply on the NRF Online system at:

For more information, see the:

Call Framework Document, and

Application and Funding guideline


For any queries or problems, contact:

Natasha Jeftha

Faculty Research Office

Tel +27 (0)12 319 2378

[email protected]

Faculty of Health Sciences

Room 4-15, Level 4, HW Snyman, Prinshof Campus

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UP Internal Deadline: 23 May 2017

NRF Closing Date: 31 May 2017 – NRF Database closes, incomplete applications are rejected

Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) has been a cross cutting theme of the 10 Year Plan of the Department of Science and Technology’s 10-Year Innovation Plan. Reaffirming its commitment to mainstream IKS in South Africa, the South African government envisages IKS as contributing towards sustainable economic development in the country and advancing its scientific competitive advantage.

It is against this background that applications are invited for IKS research proposals that meet the following entry-level requirements:

Participation by IKS Holders/ Practitioners/ Community Members

Joint, active participation and equal ownership between academic researchers and IKS holders must be evident in ALL applications.

The proposals will be funded subject to the availability of funds.

Scope of the Call

  • IKS and Bioeconomy (African traditional medicine, food security, technology, nutraceuticals, health and beauty, and cosmetics);
  • IKS Epistemology (Ubuntu and cosmology, taxonomies, pedagogies and methodologies);
  • IKS and Climate Change (Environmental Management),
  • Women and IKS based technology innovations;
  • IKS and Energy (alternative and clean sources);
  • IKS practices among specific communities in particular of Khoi, Nama, Griqua and San communities;
  • Novel and creative thinking that will shift the boundaries of IKS knowledge production, and that address national priorities in South Africa;
  • Capacity building, development of high-end skills on knowledge generation and human capacity development;
  • IKS and Astronomy
  • IKS legislation and public policy
  • Indigenous farming practices
  • Story-telling and music

UP Internal Deadline: 23 May 2017

CALL CLOSES: 31 May 2017

Applications should be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at

Applicants must ensure that their Curriculum Vitae are updated on the NRF Online Submission system at

PLEASE NOTE: Designated Authorities [where required] have until 09th June 2017 to validate applications
UP Contact:

Didi Botes
Research Support
Graduate Centre Room 1-96
University of Pretoria
Tel (012) 420-2871
Cell 072 187 8208
[email protected]

Please direct all enquiries to:


Funding instrument related queries

NRF Online application and grants management related queries



Dr Sibusiso Mtshali

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel: 012 481 4399

Ms Jane Mabena

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel: 012 481 4067



Natasha Jeftha

Faculty Research Office

Tel +27 (0)12 319 2378

[email protected]

Faculty of Health Sciences

Room 4-15, Level 4, HW Snyman, Prinshof Campus

University of Pretoria, Private Bag X323, Pretoria 0007, South Africa

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Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers

A highly competitive discipline-based funding instrument which supports both basic and applied research as the foundation of knowledge production in the disciplines of the Humanities, Social and Natural sciences.


  • CPRR grantholders with grants that run beyond the end of 2017 are ineligible;
  • CPRR grantholders with grants that run to the end of 2017 are eligible;
  • Each new Principal Investigator may only submit one application;
  • Prior Y-rated grant holders are not eligible
  • Y-rated researchers must choose between submitting in this funding instrument or CPRR
  • Rated Researchers on contract may apply on condition that their appointed at UP is for (at least) until the period of 2018 - 2020. The length of contract must be stated in the application form.
  • Retired academics/researchers must meet all set criteria as stipulated below;
  • Reside in SA;
  • Formally affiliated to UP (e.g. Emeritus professor, honorary research associate/professor/contract employee);
  • Active researchers with distinguished track record in research and postgraduate student supervision;
  • Actively mentoring/training postgraduate students/young research staff and
  • Spent at least 6 months at the facility for the purpose of research and research capacity development.

Research Development for Y-Rated Researchers

A ring-fenced, once-off grants and competitive discipline-based funding instrument aimed at enhancing the efficiency of the NRF to drive our transformation consistently and strategically through supporting primarily basic research as the foundation of knowledge production in the disciplines of the Humanities, Social and Natural sciences.


1. Application must be submitted electronically at NRF Online Submission System

2. Applicant must ensure that their CV is updated on the NRF Online Submission System

3. Kindly take note of and read through the Y-Rated Researchers Framework and the CPRR framework guide.



Faculty of Health Sciences

Ms Natasha Jeftha

Grant Manager Research:

Tel +27 (0)12 319 2378

[email protected]

UP Research Office

Ms Cynthia Mamabolo

Tel: 012 420 3610

E-mail: [email protected]



Funding instrument related queries

NRF Online application and grants management related queries



Programme A

Dr Zolani Dyosi

Director: Knowledge Fields Development

Tel: 012 481 4131

Email:[email protected]

Programme B

Dr Sibusiso Mtshali

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel: 012 481 4399

Programme C

Dr Sibusiso Mtshali

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel: 012 481 4399

Ms Tebogo Raphetane

Liaison Officer: Grants Management and Systems Administration

Tel: 012 481 4195

Email:[email protected]

Ms Jane Mabena

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel: 012 481 4067

Ms Lerato Thokoane

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel: 012 481 4327

Ms Pamela Mteto

E-mail: [email protected]

Tel: 012 481 4122


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MRC/DFID/NIHR Call for research to improve adolescent health in LMIC settings

CALL CLOSING DATE: 15 Jun 2017 16:00 GMT+1


Infections and immunity, Population and systems medicine, Neurosciences and mental health, Global health

In 2016 the Medical Research Council (MRC), in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID), successfully ran a pilot programme focusing on implementation research for improved adolescent health in lower and middle income countries. Following the success of the pilot phase the joint funders, now joined by UK Government Department of Health, National Institutes of Health Research (NIHR), have launched the next phase of the activity.

The joint funders invite researchers to apply for funding to address questions of effectiveness and access to health interventions that will result in improved adolescent health in low and middle income countries (LMIC’s). Together, the funders have agreed to commit up to £10 million to this scheme. This call for proposals seeks to provide the research evidence needed to effect real and practical changes to improve adolescent health in Low and Middle Income Countries.

Proposals should identify clearly the health issues and/or risk factors to be addressed. Applicants should describe the pathway for how the proposed approach can be scalable, as well as highlighting any potential generalizability of findings to improve the health of adolescents in other settings. Proposals should demonstrate how outcomes could be implemented within systems and seek to engage with related social and economic barriers within these systems. We encourage genuine interdisciplinary collaborations across social science, biomedical science and other disciplines.

Earlier phase research relevant to adolescent health, for instance basic, aetiological, and epidemiological research is not eligible for this call for proposals but is welcome for submission to the MRC through our standard Research Boards and Panels.


This call will accept proposals from Principal Investigators based in UK research organisations and Lower and Middle Income Country (LMIC) research organisations as highlighted on the OECD list. If the Principal Investigator (PI) is based in the UK, there must be clear partnership with, and scientific leadership from, co-investigators (Co-Is) based in the LMIC countries where the project will take place.


The research approach taken should be clearly justified in the proposal indicating why it is the most appropriate and robust methodology to address the proposed research questions. The following research activities are eligible for submission this scheme:

  • Developing complex health interventions that explicitly address health needs of adolescent populations
  • Using randomized controlled trial or other methodologies to assess the effectiveness of interventions specifically for adolescents, including adaptation of interventions of known effectiveness in other populations
  • Implementation research questions that address issues faced in making interventions of known effectiveness accessible to adolescent populations within the health system
  • Research that explores health system barriers to effective healthcare for adolescents, including user and provider perspectives, social and economic barriers, as well as policy and governance challenges

All funders are committed to supporting capacity building in research. Capacity-building elements should be set out in relation to the core intellectual agenda of the research proposal and not treated separately; the focus should be on the quality and impact of the research, and how increasing research capacity contributes to this. Proposals should demonstrate how capacity building for junior UK and developing county staff will lead to developing future scientific leadership. 

Decisions to be relayed in mid-December 2017 and successful projects will be required to start in April 2018. Please note that submission of the same proposal to more than one MRC scheme will not be permitted.


Proposals must be submitted to Je-S by the call deadline: 4pm BST THURSDAY 15TH JUNE 2017.

For further information on how to apply to this call for proposals please consult the scheme specific outline application guidance document and the MRC Guidance for applicants.

Proposals can only be accepted by electronic submission via this link:

 If you have any technical issues with the Je-S system please contact Je-S help desk at [email protected]. Guidance on this system can be found in the Je-S Handbook opens in new window.

Applicants are welcome to contact MRC Head Office for further information:


Aaron Holliday

MRC Strategy Support Officer

Email: [email protected] 

+44 (0) 207 395 2370

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South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) | Nominations for 2017 SAYAS Members

The South African Young Academy of Science seeks to elect the country’s leading emerging researchers in basic and applied science, engineering, social sciences, arts and the humanities. In addition to their demonstrated research excellence, candidates should also be able to show an ongoing commitment to improving South African science through engagement in community development, capacity building and mentoring activities.

To qualify for nomination, a candidate should meet the following criteria:

  1. Be in possession of a PhD or equivalent degree in any field of scientific enquiry, where science is defined broadly as encompassing natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, medical sciences and engineering;
  2. Evidence of scientific excellence through a proven publication record, and receipt of honours and awards;
  3. NRF rating;
  4. Evidence of activities demonstrating service to society;
  5. Be under the age of 40 years and within 7 years from award of a PhD at the time of nomination. Nomination of candidates who deviate from this profile requires additional motivation;
  6. Be willing to actively work towards achieving the goals of SAYAS.

Nomination procedure

Institutions/associations/individuals may nominate more than one candidate.  Applicants are requested to complete the nomination form and send the completed form to Edith Shikumo ([email protected]) by 20 June 2017

View nomination and/or application forms as well as call letter below or visit — 

Call letter
Application forms


Should you require any further information please contact Edith Shikumo at tel: 012 349 6614, or contact Natasha Jeftha at tel: 012 319 2378

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CLOSING DATE: 31 July 2017

The University of Pretoria (UP) invites applications from excellent doctoral graduates to apply for the Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University. These fellowships enable recent doctoral graduates to join the University as postdoctoral researchers, and to develop their research skills and academic careers through participation in the University’s areas of research strength and strategic priorities. The fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis and the previous achievements of candidates will be important criteria in identifying suitable fellows, as will the alignment of candidates’ research interests with identified institutional research priorities.

The University of Pretoria supports research in a range of fields, broadly grouped under faculties, as well as priority research themes, and the research undertaken in institutes and centres within faculties. Information on the institutes and centres is available at The priority areas include biological sciences, data sciences, economics and business sciences, energy, engineering, food security, genomics, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, and sustainable development, amongst others. Applications are particularly invited from international postdoctoral candidates with research interest and expertise in these fields.

For further information, applicants are invited to visit the website of the University ( and the respective Faculty web pages where additional information is available on discipline-specific research activities, and on research themes, institutes and centres.


Applications should be submitted using the application form available at or obtainable by email request to [email protected] or below. Applications should be accompanied by:

  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae
  • A letter of motivation (2 pages) describing their research achievements and expertise, and their objectives related to the postdoctoral fellowship
  • By reference to the University of Pretoria website, candidates should identify the research programme in which they wish to be appointed
  • Support by two letters of reference that can attest to the candidate’s academic and research interests (e.g. the candidate’s doctoral supervisor), and the suitability of his/her research experience with respect to the field selected for postdoctoral research.

Click here for the application form and detailed call information.

Hard or electronic copies should be submitted to the Department of Research and Innovation no later than 31 July 2017.


Natasha Jeftha

Faculty Research Office

Tel +27 (0)12 319 2378

[email protected]


Mpho Maithufi

Department of Research and Innovation Support

Room 1-88, Graduate Centre

Tel: 012 420 4023

[email protected]


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HAMILTON NAKI Clinical Scholarship 2017: ‘Advancing human health through medical research’

Faculty closing date: Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Hamilton Naki was a laboratory assistant to cardiac surgeon, Christiaan Barnard. He is credited with having passed on his surgical skills to thousands of medical students despite not having received a formal medical education. In another era, Hamilton Naki is likely to have been able to qualify and become an outstanding cardiac surgeon in his own right. The Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship Scheme is committed to the development of academic healthcare in South Africa. We are inviting medical specialists who are pursuing a career in academics to apply for the Hamilton Naki Clinical Scholarship for 2017.

The Scholarship will be awarded to a clinical specialist or subspecialist for doctoral or post-doctoral research to be conducted in South Africa or abroad. The scholarship will be awarded for a 3 (three) year period as a salary for full-time doctoral or post-doctoral research work in a chosen field.


  • South African citizenship;
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a medical specialist or sub-specialist;
  • Preference will be given to candidates who are identified in the country’s employment equity objectives; and
  • Recipients of the Scholarship must commit to signing a contract binding them to work in South Africa for a minimum period of 3 (three) years following the end of the funding period, failing which they will be liable to pay back the full amount of the Scholarship.


Applicants must submit the following documents electronically to [email protected] for processing and submission to Netcare, as incomplete applications will not be processed:

  • A 1-2 page letter of motivation which should include the amount of after-tax pay required per annum for full-time research;
  • A 1-2 page summary of the rationale, design and feasibility of the proposed doctoral or postdoctoral research project
    • (Please provide evidence that funding for the project has been secured, and facilities and equipment are available in addition to the scholarship award);
  • A full curriculum vitae outlining research experience and a list of publications; and
  • Testimonials from three referees, one of whom should be the supervisor of the doctoral / post-doctoral research project.

The value of the award is informed by the needs of the awardee. The award is available from 1 October 2017 or from such other earlier or later date as may be agreed between the awardee, his/her supervisor and the Trustees of the Trust.

The awards are made at the sole discretion of the Selection Committee as ratified by the Board of Trustees of the Physicians’ Partnerships Trust of Netcare’s Health Partners for Life Trust. The Board will not enter into correspondence with unsuccessful applicants.

Faculty closing date: Wednesday, 21 June 2017

NB: Incomplete or late applications will not be considered

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Young Scientists’ Conference Announcement and Call for Abstracts

Deadline for Abstract Submission: Tuesday, 9 May, 2017

Conference Date: 19 July 2017

Theme: Young Scientists’ Role in Science Advice

Venue: Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre, Boksburg, Johannesburg


The Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS), the World Academy of Sciences Regional Office of sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA), the Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World - South Africa National Chapter (OWSD-SANC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) will be hosting the Annual Young Scientists’ Conference on 19 July 2017. ASSAf, together with its partners, is seeking young scientists based in South Africa to participate in this conference. This multilateral conference will provide a platform for scientific exchange among senior and young scientists in the area of harnessing the demographic dividend through investments made in young scientists. Evidence-based science advice in support of policy development is an area receiving much attention as governments are faced with addressing many challenges that are science-based. This conference will explore the role that young scientists can play in bridging the divide between science and policy.

This conference will aim to engage young scientists on the importance of their increased participation in science advice in support of policy development, discuss barriers to effective engagement and the use and adoption of scientific knowledge and its application in technological innovations is responding to developmental challenges.


The conference will focus on the three key issues below:

  1. Advocating the importance of placing young scientists and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at the heart of national strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  2. Application of a gender lens in science in addressing SDGs
  3. Building scientific capacity and capability in young scientists to advance science policy


This call is open to early career researchers who are based in South Africa. Applicants should meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Be based in South Africa
  • Be under the age of forty (40)
  • Be in possession of at least a Master’s degree
  • Have research interests in the conference sub-themes
  • Commit to be present for the duration of the conference
  • Submit an abstract that will be the basis for a presentation at the conference
  • Be willing to present and share current research results at the conference


ASSAf invites submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations in one of the subthemes outlined above. The application form should be completed and sent to [email protected] Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614 by Tuesday, 9 May, 2017. There is no registration fee to attend the conference. Further information about the conference will be circulated to successful applicants.


Abstract Format and Submission

The abstracts should follow the following format:

  • Abstract must not be more than 300 words (excluding Title, Author and Institution) in the attached form
  • Abstract must be written in English
  • Abstract title must be in boldface, capital letters (lowercase) and centred
  • Abstract font must be Century Gothic 11 with A4 set up margins
  • Abstract must include the following information:
    • Title, Author(s), Institution(s)
    • Name of first-author should be underlined (Please do not underline co-authors)
    • Institutional affiliations, city, province for all authors
    • The superscript numbering must be in front of each initial and surname of each author
    • Where appropriate, the text may be structured using the following headings:
    • Introduction or Objectives
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions

Oral Presentations

All oral presentations will be conducted in English.

Poster Presentations

Accepted posters will be displayed at the conference venue and full details and specifications will be provided in the abstract acceptance letter.


For any further information on the conference please contact:

Ms Edith Shikumo Tel: +27 (0)12 349 6614 Email: [email protected]

Application Deadline: 9 May 2017

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UNLEASH INNOVATION LAB 2017 Programme, Denmark

UNLEASH is a global non-profit initiative aiming to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by bringing 1000 young talents together each year until 2030 to innovate and collaborate on new solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

The first event will take place in Denmark from 13th – 21st August, 2017 where the following themes have been selected for tackling (in accordance with the SDGs):

  • Education and ICT
  • Energy
  • Food and water
  • Health
  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • Urban sustainability

UNLEASH is supported by a global consortium of actors across sectors, including UNDP, Dalberg, Microsoft, Deloitte, Carlsberg Foundation and +15 additional philanthropic foundations.

UNLEASH accepts top talents aged 20-35 who meet the following 5 general criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to solving some of the world’s pressing challenges
  • Possession of a creative and innovative mindset
  • Proven track record of making contributions to solving social causes
  • Willingness to engage in co-creation with peers and experts
  • High proficiency in English with the ability to engage in complex discussions

Furthermore, talents should match at least one of four distinct profiles.

  • Entrepreneurs: Recently launched/or considered launching start-ups, organizations or campaigns (both non- and for-profit).
  • Intrapreneurs: Improved or changed entities, e.g. through R&D, business development or organizational changes.
  • Academia: Acquired in-depth content knowledge, e.g. via a PhD position, post-doc position, research projects or master courses.
  • Technical experts: Possession of skills, tools and know-how (e.g. within engineering, design, technology, crafting and finance) enabling development of physical or software based solutions.
  • UNLEASH wish to source early stage ideas


  • Online application form: talents are expected to fill out a brief questionnaire on their personal motivation and competences via
  • When applying for UNLEASH, all talents should make sure to enter the code given to them by their institution.
  • All costs related to participation in the program will be covered by the UNLEASH association, including reimbursement of flight travel to Denmark (based on set rates), accommodation, food, curriculum and facilitation for the entire 9-days program in Denmark.
  • Applicants are however asked to pay a fee of 145 USD (1000 DKK) to mitigate no shows and to ensure that we do not have empty seats, where other talents could have come. For talents who cannot cover this cost, UNLEASH will offer micro-scholarship options as part of the application process.

Closing date for applications is on the 1st of May 2017


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MOBILE+2 (MOBility for International Learning Experiences) Project Scholarships

The MOBILE+2 project, supported by the European Erasmus + Programme provides an interesting opportunity for students and academic staff who want to go to Portugal, Europe for partial completion of their studies/training on an exchange programme led by the University of Porto.


The aim of the project is to foster mutual enrichment and better understanding between Portugal and the 22 partner countries by encouraging student and staff mobility, as well as the transfer of know-how and best practices. South Africa is one of the partner countries and the University of Pretoria (UP) is one of the partner institutions.

Eligible students are supported for 1 semester, and are provided 800 EUR/month, eligible academic or administrative staff are supported for 5 working days, and are provided with 120 EUR/day. All scholarships include a return ticket.


  • Students registered at UP for a Bachelor (undergraduate), Masters or PhD programme are invited to apply for a MOBILE+2 grant as offered by the University of Porto.
  • Undergraduate students must at least be enrolled for their second year of study.
  • Masters students must have completed at least one semester at the home institution before undertaking an exchange period.
  • Doctoral students must at least have completed one year of study towards the degree and have an approved research project.
  • Students who have already benefited from a MOBILE+2 grant, are not allowed to benefit from another grant within the same project or study cycle for more than 6 months.
  • Any student who meets these criteria is invited to apply.

Academic and Administrative Staff working at the University of Pretoria (one of the partner Universities of the project) may teach or participate in a training week at the University of Porto.

Prospective applicants are kindly advised to read the Erasmus+ guide as well as other relevant documents provided by University of Porto.


Please view the guideline before applying. Online application forms are available here:

Only applications submitted online and received on or before 25 MARCH 2017 will be considered.

For more information, view the following links:

Mobile2 flyer
Tutorial for filling in the application form


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UP Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme Calls 2017 | Rounds 1 – 3

The University of Pretoria Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme Constitution has been updated. The categories of postdoctoral fellows are as follows ―

1.  UP PhD Postdoctoral Fellowship

Duration: Two years, subject to satisfactory progress (previously only awarded for one year)
Value = R170 000 p.a.

No relocation and conference allowance

A postdoctoral student is a person who has completed a PhD at UP and wished to do further research at the same institution. A clear motivation for staying at the same institution is required. A two year UP postdoctoral fellowship may be awarded to recent UP PhD graduates (within one year of the award of their PhD). The proportion of UP PhD graduate postdoctoral fellows will comprise of no more than 40% of the faculty cohort of fellows.

Note: If a postdoctoral fellow is funded with a UP fellowship, and a relative of a UP employee, the fellowship award will only be exempt from normal tax to the extent that the specific provisions of section 20(1)(q)(ii) of the Income Tax Act, 58 of 1962 have been met (SARS directive dated 29 June 2015).

2.  Postdoctoral Fellowship — External Candidate

Duration: Two years, subject to satisfactory progress
Value = R170 000 p.a.  Supervisors are encouraged to provide a top-up, annually for two years especially for internationally recruited fellows

International Postdocs are eligible for a R20 000 once-off allowance, which covers —
Relocation costs – R15 000
Conference costs – R 5 000

A postdoctoral fellow is a strategic position aimed at attracting postdoctoral students from other institutions, local and international, to come and conduct further research here at UP. It is usually reserved for people younger than 40 years of age.

3.  Senior UP Postdoctoral Fellowships (replacement to Research Fellows)

Duration: Three years, subject to satisfactory progress
Value: R300 000 p.a. Supervisors are encouraged to provide a top-up, annually for three years

Period of support – 3 years
No relocation and conference allowance

Senior UP Postdoctoral Fellows are classified as doctoral graduates who have successfully completed a postdoctoral fellowship of at least two (2) years and has authored publications as a postdoctoral fellow.

4.  VC Postdoctoral Fellowships — for International Postdocs

Duration: Three years, subject to satisfactory progress
Value: R200 000 p.a. Supervisors are encouraged to provide a top-up, annually for three years

Period of support – 2 years
Relocation costs –  R 20 000 once-off
Conference costs – R 20 000 once-off

There will be one call for this year, which will be circulated around April/May 2016.  The aim is to attract international fellows.

NB: terms & conditions apply
All of these applicants still need to have research proposals approved by the relevant committees, obtain suitable project supervisors who have to be approved by the University, and still need to find /apply for funding for their research projects.

Application Documents

There are three calls per year.  Faculty closing dates for applications are as follows ―

Round 1 Call closing date: Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 08.30

Round 2 Call closing date: not open yet

Round 3 Call closing date: not open yet


The Fellowship is not automatically renewed, but may be renewed if the Fellow's Supervisor, the Head of the Host Department, the Deputy Dean: Research (Faculty of Health Sciences) and DRIS are satisfied with the Fellow's performance and research outputs.

Kindly note that progress reports /renewal applications must be submitted three months before the end of the fellow's current funding period. The renewal applications will be reviewed on an ad hoc basis as required to avoid funding gaps and allow for timeous visa extension applications.

Contact Ms Natasha Jeftha in the Faculty Research Office should further assistance be required.

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UP | Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowhip Programme


Duration: Two years, subject to satisfactory progress
Value: R240 000 — remuneration = R200 000; return air fare = R20 000 and
contribution to research costs = R20 000
Supervisors are encouraged to provide a top-up, annually for two years if deemed necessary

The University of Pretoria invites applications from excellent doctoral graduates to apply for the VC's Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University.  Applications are particularly invited from international postdoctoral candidates with research interest and expertise in the University's areas of research strength and strategic priorities.

Faculty closing date is 20 August 2015

Contact Ms Natasha Jeftha, Faculty Research Office at [email protected]

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The Associates of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) | Early Career Academic Grants

Early Career Academic Grants are open to early career academics employed by ACU member universities, enabling them to participate in a conference held in a Commonwealth country other than their own.

Amount of Grant and Travel Date

Maximum: GBP 2000, Grants can be used to cover travel and visa costs, conference fees, accommodation and subsistence.

The grant must be used to participate in a conference between 1 July 2017 and 31 December 2017.

Eligibility Criteria and Terms & Conditions

  • Applicants must be employed in an academic role by an ACU member institution
  • Applicants must have worked less than ten years from the start of their employment in an academic role
  • Applicants who have recently returned to work after a career break can also be considered
  • Applicants must not have previously worked or attended an academic conference outside their home region
  • Applicants must provide a letter of support from their head of department
  • The ACU reserves the right to publish the names of successful applicants on the ACU website and in ACU publications.

How to Apply

Go to:

Applications close on Sunday 2 April 2017 at 11:59pm (BST).

For more information visit the ACU website at: or contact [email protected] or alternatively contact the University of Pretoria, Faculty of HS, grants manager Ms Natasha Jeftha ([email protected])

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Newton International Fellowships Scheme 2017

The Newton International Fellowships Scheme was established in 2008 to select the very best early career postdoctoral researchers from all over the world, and enable them to work at UK research institutions for two years. The scheme is offered by the Royal Society, British Academy and Academy of Medical Sciences.

Duration and Value of the Fellowship

  • The fellowship will run up to two years, on a full time basis.
  • Funding will consist of £24 000 per annum for subsistence costs (tax exempt), up to £8 000 per annum for research expenses and once-off payment of up to £2 000 for relocation.

The programme covers researchers in the following disciplines:

From any country outside the UK - physical sciences, natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities

From Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey - Clinical and patient orientated research through the Academy of Medical Sciences


  • Applicants must hold a PhD, or expect to obtain their PhD by the time funding starts
  • Should not have more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience including teaching experience, time spent in industry, honorary positions and/or visiting researcher positions
  • Should not hold UK citizenship and should be working outside of the UK
  • must have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host researcher
  • Applicants must be competent in oral and written English

How to Apply

Applications can only be submitted online using the Royal Society’s electronic Grant and Processing (e-GAP2) system via

Closing date: Wednesday 22 March 2017

NB: Applicants are advised to submit their application for approval to the UK host organisation approver at least 5 working days before the round deadline i.e. by Wednesday 15 March 2017

For more information please see the provided links:

Contact Information

Newton International Fellowships: [email protected]
UP Faculty of HS Grant Manager: [email protected]

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Australian Post-Doctoral (Post-Doc) Fellowships

Australia Awards – Africa (the Program) is a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) funded initiative designed to equip Africans with the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to sustainable economic and social development outcomes of their own countries; and to build the long-term, sustainable links with Australia.


During the pilot phase, the Post-Doc Fellowship provides financial support for African academics affiliated to a South African university and engaged in research activity, Fellowships will be up to 2 years in total, comprised of research components in both Australia and South Africa but limited to 12 months in Australia. This Australian component of the award will be fully funded by the Program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a citizen of an eligible African country as outlined in the table in Annex 2 (see Guidelines)
  • Must be living in South Africa
  • Must be affiliated to their home institution in South Africa in an academic/research capacity
  • Be at least 25 and not more than 50 years of age at the date of application
  • Home and Host Institutions must be members of the Australia Africa Universities Network, Annex 2 (see Guidelines)
  • Not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently
  • Must not be married, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases
  • Be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to hold a Training and Research Visa (subclass 402) visa. This may mean that DFAT will need to withdraw an Award offer if the Awardee cannot satisfy the visa requirements
  • Have been conferred a PhD
  • Field of research must be aligned to Science & Technology, Agricultural Productivity and/or Health
  • Must have a letter of support from their home institution that outlines their agreement to the Fellowship, Annex 4 (see Guidelines)
  • Must have a letter of invitation from the Host Institution in Australia, outlining their commitment to the Fellowship, Annex 4 (see Guidelines)
  • Must be able to commence their program in the academic year 2017

How to Apply

Firstly read the Program Guidelines to gain an understanding of the program and what is required for an application. If all conditions and eligibility are met, obtain an Application form from [email protected], which will outline the steps required to successfully submit an application.

Once an application has been successfully submitted an email acknowledging the receipt of the application will be sent to the email address provided. Once an application has been submitted, no further changes (including addition of documents) can be made.

Documents to be submitted must include:

  • Confirmation that the PhD has been conferred in the form of a certificate, final transcript or letter from the university stating that the PhD has been conferred
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of support from Home institution (See Annex 4)
  • Letter of support from Host institution (See Annex 4)
  • Two completed referee reports
  • Provide certified (attested) copies of:
    • Passport, Birth Certificate or National ID card
    • Academic transcripts

Closing date for submission is on Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Important information to note:

  • Hard copy applications will not be accepted. Applications and supporting documentation must be scanned and submitted to [email protected]
  • Applications (including supporting documentation) received after the closing date will not be considered.

For more information please visit or email [email protected] for assistance

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Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders 2017

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2017, the Fellowship will provide up to 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. college or university with support for professional development after they return home.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Applicants between the ages of 25 and 35, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered.
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa
  • Are not employees or immediate family members of employees of the U.S. government (including the U.S. Embassy, USAID, and other U.S. government entities)
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English
  • Are not alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship

More information on eligibility and selection criteria please click on the link:

Applications must be completed online at

Deadline: 26 October 2016, 4:00 PM GMT

For further information, go to:

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Struwig-Germeshuysen Kankernavorsingstrust (SGKN-Trust) | Beursaanbod: Navorsingprojek/studiebeurs

Die Struwig-Germeshuysen Kanker Navorsingstrust stel jaarliks 'n bedrag beskikbaar waarmee navorsingsprojekte en studiebeurse mee befonds word.


Hierdie Kankernavorsingstrust het ontstaan uit die goedgunstige skenking van 'n bedrag in die testamentêre bepalings van die naamgenote, met die wens dat dit vir kankernavorsing benut word. Dit was ook die wens van die skenker dat die Afrikanerjeug daardeur bevoordeel moet word en die Trustees wil ook graag hierdie bedoeling eerbiedig.

Beurse Dokumente:

– SGKNT Beleid, waarin die agtergrond van die toekennings uiteengesit word, asook die tipe toekennings en bedrae ter sprake.

– Aansoekvorm SGKNT Beurse, waarin die riglyne vir die indiening van 'n aansoek om 'n toekenning uiteengesit word.


Die Fakulteit van Gesondheidswetenskappe se sluitingsdatum vir aansoeke is 23 Oktober 2017 by Me Natasha Jeftha (Befondsingbestuurder: Fakulteit Gesondheidswetenskappe; Epos: [email protected]).

Fakulteit Navorsingskantoor Kontakpersoon

SGKNT Kontakpersoon

Natasha Jeftha
012 319 2378
[email protected]

Koos Stofberg (Sekretaris)
012 347 5075/082 577 1234
[email protected]

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The Discovery Foundation Awards 2018

Established in 2006 as one element of Discovery Holdings’ black economic empowerment transaction, the Discovery Foundation is an independent trust that has invested over R 160 million in grants that are geared towards the education and training of 300 healthcare specialists over a period of 10 years.

The Discovery Foundation Awards include scholarships, bursaries and research fellowships as well as support for teaching and research institutions.

Please download the 2016/7 application brochure for further information regarding the awards and application criteria — The Discovery Foundation Awards 2017 — Guide Book

The Discovery Foundation makes four groups of awards each year to outstanding individual and institutional candidates, benefiting academic medicinespecialist training, rural healthcare and service delivery and innovation.

Academic Medicine

The Discovery Foundation Academic Fellowship Awards aim to promote research-focused training in academic medicine in South Africa
Closing date 6 October 2017
Application Form

The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award is a grant awarded to a talented healthcare professional committed to pursuing an academic medical career, to conduct cutting-edge medical research in collaboration with the Massachusetts General Hospital
Closing date 6 October 2017
Application Form

Specialist Training

The Discovery Foundation Sub-specialist Awards aim to address the shortage of funded training posts in HPCSA-registered sub-specialties at accredited South African academic and affiliated institutions
Closing date 6 October 2017
Application Form

Rural Healthcare

The Discovery Foundation Rural Fellowship Awards aim to attract and keep medical doctors in rural areas by facilitating access to resources and opportunities to develop professionally.

Categories for application: Individual / Institution / Distinguished Visitor
Closing date 15 January 2018
Application Forms Individual 
Application Forms Institution 
Application Forms Distinguished Visitor

Service delivery and innovation

The Discovery Foundation Excellence Award is an award to boost healthcare resources by recognising an organisation that shows excellence in service delivery, training and innovation
Closing date 15 January 2018
Application Form

Important Notice:

  • Incomplete application form may result in disqualification. Failure to adhere to the page and word count limit may also result in disqualification. Anything else other than the requested document (see Guide Book) will not be considered.
  • For all October 2017 submissions:
  • MGH, Sub-specialist Awards and Academic Fellowship Award applications to be submitted electronically to Natasha Jeftha ([email protected]) before 6 Oct 2016,
  • For all January 2018 submissions:
  • Rural Fellowship Awards and Excellence Award may be submitted directly to the Funder but kindly copy [email protected]

Application can be submitted through any of the following:


[email protected]
[email protected] only for MGH, Sub-specialist Awards and Academic Fellowship Awards before 6 October

By hand

Discovery Foundation
Block B
Metropolitan Office Park
8 Hillside Road
Parktown 2193


Discovery Foundation
Private Bag X125
Braamfontein 2017

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • MGH, Sub-specialist Awards and Academic Fellowship Awards – 6 Oct 2017 (Funder is 15 October 2017)
  • Rural Fellowship Awards and Excellence Award – 15 January 2018

For more information about the Discovery Foundation Awards, please visit or contact Tshikululu Social Investments on 011 544 0300.

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Wharton – Reimagine Education Awards 2016

Reimagine Education aims to identify the most innovative pedagogies enhancing learning outcomes or employability. The 2015 edition saw 530 projects participating from 40 + countries competing for a prize fund of US$ 50,000. Institutions are encouraged to take part in the 3rd edition of Reimagine Education.

Award categories

E-Learning Innovation, Hybrid Learning Innovation, Presence Learning Innovation, Learning Assessment, Teaching Delivery, Nurturing Employability, Ethical Leadership,

ICT Tools for Learning and Teaching, ICT Support and Services, Best Use of ICT Tools, Educational App, Digital Content, Sustainability, Cultivating Curiosity

How to Apply

Submit application for recognition within 14 Award categories at

The shortlisted entries will receive global publicity through a world-wide publicity campaign.

The winners will be announced at the Reimagine Education Conference (The Wharton School, Philadelphia 5-6 December 2016). Register for the Conference at

Closing date is on Thursday, 15 September 2016

For more information visit or follow @ReimagineHEdu for the latest updates about the Awards and Conference


Faculty Contact Person – Ms Natasha Jeftha [email protected]

Reimagine Education Contact Person – Serena Ricci [email protected]

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ICSU-NASAC-ISSC “Energy - Health - Natural Disasters” nexus in African cities

The International Council for Science (ICSU), together with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), has opened a call for pre-proposals to identify collaborative research projects engaging at least with two nexus areas (energy, health or natural disasters) in the urban environment in Africa. The goal of the call is to better understand inter-relationships between energy systems, air pollution, health impacts and provision of health services, climate adaptation opportunities, land use and urban planning, and disaster risk reduction in the urban environment in Africa.

The call for pre-proposals aims to identify collaborative research projects in Africa interested to explore inter-relationships across at least two domains of the nexus and that clearly indicate the inter- and trans-disciplinary nature of the research project.

The award value is up to 90,000 Euro for over two years.


  • African early career scientists based at organisations in Africa
  • Applicants should have no more than 10 years’ work experience following their PhDs or equivalent research experience.
  • Each project should involve two African countries, therefore at least one member of the research team should be based in a low income country (based on OECD ODA’s ranking) or the inclusion of collaborators from the poorest parts of the middle income nations should be demonstrated
  • Engagement with at least two nexus areas (energy, health or natural disasters) in the urban environment
  • All projects must include a university partner
  • Applications must be written in English
  • Applications which exceed the character limit (see Call Document, page 5) will not be considered

How to Apply

Pre-proposals and relevant documents may only be made using the online form available at:

Application form require:

  • Name and institutional affiliation of lead applicant and co-applicant
  • Clear summary of the nexus issue, challenges or opportunity, to be explored
  • Description of the integrated nature of the project, including different academic disciplines and other knowledge partners
  • Description of actions aimed at informing policy and practice about research findings
  • Indication of research relevance to poverty reduction and gender equity
  • Short CVs of the Principle Investigator and members of the research team should be attached (CV max 2 pages)

The closing date for pre-proposal 15 August 2016 (18:00 CET)

For more information see the Call Document or visit


Before making a direct inquiry, please read the Call Document carefully

Ms Natasha Jeftha
Faculty Grant Manager
Email: [email protected]

Ms Katsia Paulavets
Programme Manager
Email: [email protected]

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NRF | Competitive Programme for Y-rated Researchers 2017

The Research Development Grants for Y-Rated Researchers is a discipline-based, demand-driven funding instrument that focuses on basic disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research, while allowing (where appropriate) for the "continuum of knowledge" approach alluded to above and supports emerging researchers. This is in line with the NRF’s view that support for basic disciplinary research is an investment in South Africa’s learning capabilities. The Research Development Grants for Y-Rated Researchers directly, and in part, addresses the following strategic objectives of the NRF Strategy 2020

  • Promote globally competitive research and innovation
  • Enhance strategic international engagement; and
  • Entrench science engagement

The key stakeholders involved in the Research Development Grants for Y-Rated Researchers are persons with valid NRF Y-rating based at public research institutions.

Faculty Closing Date 29 April 2016

Please direct all queries to the Research Office Grants Manager, Ms Natasha Jeftha at [email protected]


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Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (IMMANA) | Fellowships

The Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are pleased to announce the second of four planned rounds of Post-doctoral Fellowships for Emerging Leaders in Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Research — IMMANA Fellowships — funded with UK aid from the UK government through the Department for International Development (DFID). For 2016-17 IMMANA will award six 12-month post-doctoral fellowships to early career researchers who are using and developing or adapting these new methodological approaches with mentors in ongoing research programmes in low- and middle-income countries.

Call Document and FAQs

Contact person
Zachary Gersten MPH
Fellowships Coordinator, IMMANA
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
e-mail or 617-636-3508

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NRF | UK - South Africa Researcher Links Mobility Grant 2016 [First Call]

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa in partnership with prominent UK academies (i.e. the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society) and the British Council is pleased to invite applications for the UK – South Africa Researcher Links grants. These grants are designed to provide financial support for researchers in the UK and South Africa. The Newton-South Africa Researcher Links grants are intended to provide small-scale seed funding to —

  • Support the research and innovation capacity of South Africa for their long-term sustainable economic development and social welfare;
  • Expand and maximise cooperation in research and innovation, between policy makers in government, government agencies, research organisations, higher education institutions, companies and enterprises;
  • Promote increased research and collaboration that support long-term sustainable partnerships between the UK and South Africa;
  • Enhance networking within the UK and South Africa science systems;
  • Foster collaboration in order to improve the quality of research outputs by UK and South African researchers;
  • Contribute to economic growth by addressing the major challenges faced by South Africa;
  • Contribute to capacity building of early and established researchers in South African and the UK.

Applications will be accepted in any discipline/multidisciplinary area (including from the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, arts and humanities).

Who may apply

  • Advanced PhD students (at a minimum, in the second year of research) registered at South African universities.  PhD students should apply through their supervisors;
  • Postdoctoral, early career and established researchers.  Researchers have to be full-time employees or on a fixed-term contract at any of the following eligible institutions:
    - South African universities and/or universities of technology;
    - NRF Recognised Research Institutions such as the National Facilities (in the case of South Africa);
    - Science councils.

Call Document

Faculty Closing Date is 3 March 2016

Applications must be submitted through an online application process to the National Research Foundation (NRF) at : UK – South Africa Researcher Links Mobility Call for 2016

Should you need further assistance, contact your Designated Authority (DA) at the Faculty Research Office Ms Natasha Jeftha

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National Health Scholars Programme (NHSP)
a partnership between the National Health Research Committee (NHRC), Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)

Recommendations contained in the 2011 National Health Research Summit Report to build human resources for health research through a large-scale PhD programme for all health professional categories with degree-based qualifications remain important to the SAMRC.

This call for applications aims to augment the already 54-strong cohort of PhD scholars funded in this prestigious programme. The scholarship will be awarded for a period ranging from one to four years as a tax free scholarship for full-time study in a chosen field. Renewal of funding after year one will depend on satisfactory academic performance.

The programme is aimed at postgraduate students i.e. to study towards PhD (e.g., Medical Practitioners, Medical Scientists, Psychologists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Speech Therapists, Physiotherapists, Public Health Practitioners, Oral Health Practitioners, Optometrists, Audiologists, Biomedical Engineers, Dental Practitioners, Dietitians and Social Sciences Practitioners) as well as academic staff members in Faculties of Health Sciences, Research Councils, Government Departments and other organisations who wish to commence or complete PhD training on a full-time basis. A masters training can be considered in compelling fields or circumstances. Further to developing PhDs for South Africa, the intention of this initiative is to contribute to staff development and succession planning programmes in academic health complexes and other governmental and non-governmental organs that are involved in knowledge production.

Completed applications must be emailed to Ms Pumla Zonke ([email protected]) by no later than Monday, 17 October 2016. No late applications will be accepted and processed for submission to the MRC. Please copy Ms Natasha Jeftha [email protected] in the Faculty Research Office on submission


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NRF | Call for 2015 Annual Progress Reports (APR) for Continued Funding
Scholarships and Fellowships Support in 2016

The 2015 Annual Progress Reports (APR) has to be completed by 2015 students that currently receive funding and require continued funding for their existing NRF-funded project in 2016. Supervisors, kindly take note of this request and inform students of the progress reports that are due. No continued funding can be obtained without a progress report.

This Call for APR applies to the following funding instruments —

  • NRF Free-standing Scholarships and Fellowships
  • DST Innovation Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Scarce Skills Development Fund Scholarships and Fellowsips
  • DAAD/NRF Joint In-country Scholarships
  • SANHARP Scholarships (Masters and Doctoral only)
  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Scholarships
  • Professional Development Programme (PDP)
  • Collaborative Research Training Programme
  • Desmond Tutu Doctoral Training Programme
  • Animal Cluster Scholarships
  • NRF Doctoral and Postdoctoral Abroad Programmes
  • F’Sati Scholarships and Fellowships

Reporting Period: 2015
Closing Date: 31 March 2016
How to Apply | Guidelines:  Tutorial to Complete an APR for 2016

Designated Authorities (DAs)
Ms Leanne van Zyl | Honours, Masters and Doctoral Students
Dr Grace Ramafi / Dr Carol Nonkwelo | Postdoctoral and Research Fellowships

GMSA Liaison Officer | NRF Contact for UP Emerging Researchers
Ms Thandeka Mthethwa 012 481 4163

NOTES for your convenience —

The 2015 APR, which must include a supervisor’s report if continued funding in 2016 is required, is available on the NRF Online Submission System at

Grantholders have to —
Log in with their Username and Password;  and
Update CV before completing the APR

Important Notes —
♦ As of 2016 proof of registration for students /fellows to be attached to the APR as an audit requirement
♦ DAs to remind students to invite their supervisors so that they can access and complete the required Supervisor’s Report
♦ DAs should ensure that the Supervisor’s Report is included in the APR before submitting the APR to the NRF
APRs with no Supervisor’s Report and DA Recommendation will not be accepted


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NRF | South Africa - India Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration

Within the framework of the agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between the governments of the Republic of India and the Republic of South Africa signed in Pretoria on 19 July 1995 and renewed in 2007. Following the last Joint Committee meeting held in Pretoria in June 2015 we are pleased to announce a call for joint research project proposals between South African and Indian researchers, and herewith invite all interested parties to submit their applications.

Aims of the Programme

  • To contribute to scientific advancement in both countries through the funding of joint research activities in specified research fields;
  • To provide an opportunity for young researchers in the two countries to meet and interact;
  • To support the advancement of basic research; and
  • To contribute meaningfully to research capacity development.

Areas of Cooperation

Joint research proposals may be submitted in the following designated thematic areas prioritised by South Africa / India collaboration:

  • Agricultural–Biotechnology
    Sustainable agricultural biotechnology particularly on crops: vegetables, legumes, and cereals
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
    Specifically nutraceuticals, drugs and cosmeceuticals

In terms of human capital development, South African applications from previously disadvantaged individuals are encouraged, as is the involvement of historically disadvantaged higher education institutions.

Duration of projects

The projects will be supported for a period of three years

Faculty Closing Date is 27 October 2015

  • Call document
  • Instructions

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SOM Rescom | Short-term Research Grants 2016

The School of  Medicine Research Committee makes available grants not exeeding R30 000 per researcher. Applicants should be registered for postgraduate study although protocols need not yet be approved by the Research Ethics Committee or, if applicable, the MMed Committee.  Priority will be given to emerging researchers and MMed /MSc projects.

Guideline and Application Form

Faculty Closing Date is 30 October 2015.

Enquiries and submission to Ms Ina Steyn [email protected]

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SA-Japan | Joint Science and Technology Research Collaboration

On 28 August 2003, South Africa signed an agreement on cooperation in science and technology with Japan, followed two years later by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The implementation of the NRF/JSPS MoU led to annual cycles of joint research funding between the two countries.

Following nine successful joint calls for proposals, between 2005 and 2014, the NRF is pleased to announce the tenth such call for 2015, and herewith invite all interested parties to submit their project proposals.

The projects will be supported for a period of two years for research activities commencing in 2016.

Closing date 8 September 2015


Faculty DA Ms Natasha Jeftha

For South Africa Ms Nombuso Madonda

For Japan Mr Hideyuki Yamaguchi

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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) | Young Scientists Summer Program 2015

IIASA invites doctoral students worldwide to participate in its Young Scientists Summer Program held at IIASA's headquarters in Laxenburg, Austria.

The selected participants work with IIASA’s senior scientists in research on energy, ecosystem services, water, risk policy and vulnerability, and other topics. Scholarships are available from IIASA's national member organizations. A limited number of scholarships are available from other sources.

The application period is  01 October 2014 through 12 January 2015.

UP contact person: Leanne van Zyl
Tel:  +27 (12) 420 6639
Email:  [email protected]
Post Graduate Scholarship Co-ordinator
Hatfield Campus
Fax:   +27 (0)86 733 8823  -  then go to External bursaries

Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) | Research Development Fellowhips

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has established the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF) to nurture excellent health research by Africans, in Africa with impact for Africa. The AREF is announcing its first programme for AREF Research Development Fellowships.

The fellowship is intended for outstanding early-career African researchers who have been awarded their PhD in the last four years to develop their own research ideas and funding proposals and to advance their careers along challenging routes to becoming scientific leaders.

The scope of this programme will include infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases that are significant and/or identified as “neglected” in sub-Saharan Africa

To hold an AREF Research Development Fellowship, candidates will need to be a national of a country in sub-Saharan Africa excluding South Africa, be working in an active research role and have obtained PhD qualification within the last four years.

Successful candidates will be awarded Up to £43,000 for 9 months (pro-rata for shorter awards) for a research development fellowship at a centre of excellence other than the fellow’s current place of employment.

Faculty Closing Date is 8 July 2016

For more information visit the website or contact Sulayman Janneh at [email protected]

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DST-NRF Professional Development Programme (PDP)

The PDP is aimed at creating an opportunity for research institutions such as science councils, National Research Facilities and museums to attract, retain and train young scientists at doctoral and postdoctoral level within their strategic research programmes and projects. The call opens May to August 2015. Results to be announced in November.

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DAAD-NRF for Masters and Doctoral Scholarships

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in partnership with the NRF offers a scholarship aimed at the development of university staff as well as other sectors requiring academically trained personnel. The programme addresses candidates who are acquiring their Master’s or doctoral degrees.

The call opens May to July 2015 and results are announced October /November.

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 USAID Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challange for Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) invites global problem solvers to answer the call for ground-breaking ideas to enhance our ability to respond to the current Zika outbreak and generate cutting-edge technologies and approaches that better prepare the world to address the disease threats of tomorrow.

The Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge will invest up to $30 million in solutions that can help mitigate the spread and impact of the Zika virus by filling critical gaps in the pipeline and improve our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks. The Challenge seeks innovative ideas that address key challenges and opportunities in vector control, personal and household protection, health care worker safety, surveillance, clinic and laboratory systems, diagnostics, sample transport, community engagement, and health care worker tools. These will complement USAID's broader efforts, which are focused on mosquito control, educational campaigns about prevention, and maternal and child health interventions.

In brief, the funder is looking for expressions of interest that demonstrate:

  • Innovation, including creativity of the given approach and clear differentiation from existing approaches.
  • Low-cost and appropriate for various developing country settings, particularly those lacking a consistent supply of electricity and facing frequent power outages
  • Environmentally-friendly with minimal generation of excess waste material
  • Ability to be scaled rapidly

Zika-focused applications submissions due by 5:00 p.m. on 20 May 2016

All other submissions due by 5:00 p.m. on 17June 2016

For more information please visit:

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 SNSF-NRF | Swiss South African Joint Research Programme 2016

In the context of the Swiss-South African Joint Research Programme (SSAJRP), the SNSF is launching another call for joint research projects (JPRs) with its sister organisation in South Africa, the National Research Foundation (NRF). It is expected that twelve projects will be funded for a maximum duration of four years.

In South Africa, the maximum amount to be funded is R2.6 million. This amount covers consumables, equipment (max. 10% of budget), joint seminars, workshops and symposia, and other research costs.

The closing date for the call for proposals 31 May 2016.

Applications must be submitted to the SNSF via the mySNF platform. For more detailed information, please refer to the call document or visit:

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Wellcome Trust | Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science

Wellcome Trust is inviting applicants for its Seed Awards in Humanities and Social Science, to provide flexible, responsive funding, enabling researchers to develop a novel idea to a position where they could be competitive for a larger award from the Wellcome Trust or another funder. They can support research in any field of the humanities and social sciences that can enrich our understanding of human and animal health.

A Seed Award is typically in the range of £25,000 to £50,000

Seed Awards are available to researchers at any career stage, single-discipline or multidisciplinary in approach, applying as individuals or groups. Applicants must be based in an institution or organisation the UK, the Republic of Ireland or a low-to-middle-income country. The project may have collaborators elsewhere in the world, but they will receive expenses indirectly through the Principal Applicant’s organisation.

Closing date for all applications is 5 August 2016

For more information please visit:

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NRF | Fellowship For Early Career Researchers from The United Kingdom for Funding in 2017

The DST-NRF in partnership with the United Kingdom Academies (under the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund) are pleased to announce the Call for applications for DST-NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the United Kingdom. The aim of the fellowships is to develop science and innovation partnerships through building research and innovation capacity. The fellowships will facilitate the placement of UK early career researchers (with up to seven years post-PhD experience) at South African public research institutions for a minimum period of three (3) months and a maximum period of six (6) months, in order to enhance and strengthen collaboration, build research capacity and enhance career opportunities for researchers in SA and the UK.

The package for the DST-NRF Fellowships for Early Career Researchers from the UK for 2017 is R330 000, which is the maximum amount of support for a period of up to six months for living expenses and ground transport based on the duration of the stay.

The faculty closing date for applications is 30 June 2016

For queries please contact Ms Natasha Jeftha at [email protected]

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NRF-TWAS | Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2017

The NRF and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) partnered for the establishment of the NRF-TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship funding instrument.The parties entered into a contractual agreement to support postdoctoral fellows from Africa and developing countries who will be funded per annum for a maximum of three (3) years to pursue full-time research training in South Africa. There will be an intake of 10 postdoctoral fellows each year for three (3) years. The first intake was in 2016. 

The duration of postdoctoral fellowships will be for a minimum of six (6) months and a maximum of three (3) years. For fellowships with a duration of six (6) months to twelve (12) months, stipends and research costs will be paid on a pro-rata basis depending on the duration of the fellowship.

Fellowships are open to citizens and permanent residents in a developing country other than South Africa.

The faculty internal closing date is 1 June 2016

For more information please contact Ms Natasha Jeftha at [email protected]

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MMEG | Education Grants For Women Who Make A Difference 

The Margaret McNamara Education Grants (MMEG) is a non-profit, public charity founded in 1981, which awards education grants to exceptional women from developing countries, who are at least 25 years old, and enrolled at universities in the US, Canada and select universities in South Africa and Latin America.

MMEG awards grants on a competitive basis to exceptional women studying at least part-time or full-time for the following academic year, at:

  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Free State

Applicants are screened by an all-volunteer, independent selection committee, and grants are awarded by the Board of Directors by December every year.

In past years, grants of up to US$7,000 in the Africa and Latin America programs have been awarded. Grant amounts may vary, based on exchange rates and availability of funds.

Applications may be submitted at no later than 15 September 2015.

For more information visit or contact [email protected]

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WRC | Proposal Submission Cycle 2016/2017

The Water Research Commission (WRC) has an open call for research proposals in building water-centred knowledge. The aim of the programme is to support the WRC’s investment in building water-centred knowledge. Proposals are directed at the four water-centred Key Strategic Areas (KSAs), namely: Water Resource Management, Water-linked Ecosystems, Water Use and Waste Management, and Water Utilisation in Agriculture

In order to qualify for consideration, a research proposal must be relevant to, and directed at, any one of the WRC's Key Strategic Areas (KSAs). Moreover, the proposed research must be clearly aligned with a recognised Thrust and Programme within the KSA.

The maximum amount awarded for new Directed Research Projects is R6 400 000 and R34 155 895 for new Open Research Projects.

All proposals, both Open and Directed, have to be submitted on-line via the FMS.

The Faculty deadline for all proposals is 27 June 2016

Please direct all queries to Mrs Zagry Scholtz ([email protected]) or Ms Natasha Jeftha ([email protected]) or alternatively visit:

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SAMRC | Self-initiated Research (SIR) Grant

The MRC’s Self-initiated Research (SIR) Grants Programme is designed to support original research initiated by a researcher at a recognized research institution in various areas of health. SIR grants are in the amount of up to R200 000 per year for a maximum period of three years. These funds provide support for research expenses and it is expected that the researchers/ applicants already have in place the necessary equipment and facilities required for the proposed research.

Applications are invited in two different categories as follows:

  • New research priority areas are covered
  • Individuals working within MRC extra-mural research units are now eligible to apply   
  • The focus of the call is early-career scientists; however mid-level and established researchers are also invited to apply, provided that a clear focus on capacity building is demonstrated


Early-stage investigators and mid-level and established researchers may apply; however, applications from mid-level and established researchers are expected to have a strong focus on capacity building. Applications are limited to South African citizens and permanent residents.



Faculty Closing Date is 21 July 2016

Any queries please contact

Faculty contact person: Natasha Jeftha [email protected] or 012 319 2378

UP Contact: Didi Botes [email protected] or 012 420 2871

MRC Contact: Clive Glass [email protected] or 021 938 0225


For more information visit

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UNLEASH Innovation Lab Programme 2017
Struwig-Germeshuysen Kankernavorsingstrust (SGKN-Trust) | Beursaanbod
Young Scientists' Conference 2017
Young Scientists' Conference 2017
HAMILTON NAKI Clinical Scholarship 2017

EDCTP| Senior Fellowships

Grand Challenges funding opportunities:

Emerging Technologies for New Solutions in Global Health Priority areas

Environmental niches of Salmonella Typhi

Increased Demand For Vaccination Services

Grand Challenges funding opportunities:

Emerging Technologies for New Solutions in Global Health Priority areas

Environmental niches of Salmonella Typhi

Increased Demand For Vaccination Services

5th BRICS Young Scientist Forum Announcement and Call for Abstracts
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