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Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Closing Date: TBC

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria (UP) invites applications from excellent doctoral graduates to apply for Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University. These fellowships will 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 strategic priority research themes and research centres. The fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis and the abilities and previous achievements of candidates will be important criteria in identifying suitable fellows.

The University of Pretoria supports research in a range of fields, including: engineering, natural and physical sciences, veterinary sciences, human health, education, the humanities and law, with particular focus on University’s Institutional and Faculty Research Themes which are: Energy; Food, Nutrition and Wellbeing; Genomics; Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology and Management of Animal and Zoonotic Diseases; Sustainable Control of Malaria and International and Comparative Law in Africa. Applications are particularly invited from international postdoctoral candidates with expertise in these fields.

Applicants are invited to visit the UP Institutional Research Themes and the respective Faculty web pages where additional information is available on discipline-specific research activities and research centres at the University. 


Application Process

Applications should be accompanied by a comprehensive Curriculum vitae and applicants should submit a 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 Institutional Research Theme or research centre in which they wish to be appointed. Applications should be supported by two letters of reference from academic sources (e.g. the candidate’s doctoral supervisor) to testify to the candidate’s academic abilities and the suitability of his/her research experience with respect to the field selected for postdoctoral research.

  • Further information can be requested from the Department of Research and Innovation Support at UP cathy.sandis@up.ac.za.