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Rhodes University Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2021 in South Africa (Funded)

Application Deadline: July 31st 2020

The University Council has established several Rhodes University Postdoctoral Research Fellowships across all faculties which may be
awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal.


  • The Fellowships are intended to foster existing research and scholarly or creative activities within Rhodes University departments and institutes.
  • Ideally a Fellow’s proposed work will closely complement existing programmes in the host
  • Although there is no age restriction, potential
    Fellows must hold a doctoral degree, awarded within the last five years, preferably from an institution other than Rhodes
    University and recognized as appropriate to the discipline for which the Fellowship is sought.
  • Successful candidates must be of exceptional merit as evidenced by the quality
    and corpus of publications or other recognized forms of achievement relevant to
    the Fellow’s discipline.
  • The Fellowship will be awarded strictly on merit.
  • An applicant who has not completed his/her PhD at the time the Fellowship is offered
    must have submitted the PhD thesis by the end of 2019. In these circumstances the
    Research Office will require written assurance from the applicant’s supervisor that there is a reasonable expectation that the doctoral degree will be awarded.
  • Applications should be made through Heads of Departments or Directors of Research

Value of the Fellowship

Each Fellowship is a package of R180 000 per annum with an additional allocation of a
maximum of R20 000 to be used to support the presentation of papers at formal conferences.

The Fellowship cannot be held concurrently with any supplementary funding.

Conditions of Award

  • The University expects that all publications, creative works and other academic products of
    the Fellowship will bear appropriate acknowledgement with full affiliation to Rhodes
  • The University reserves the right to co-ownership of inventions and/or patents directly emanating from research conducted
    under the sponsorship of the Fellowship.
  • The University reserves the right to request the refund of any fellowship paid to the Fellow should the Fellow terminate his/her contract prior  to its completion.

Award of the Fellowship

Applications for the Fellowships should be made through the potential host department and then directed to the Research Office (research- The determination of awards
will be made by a committee comprising the  Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and
Development (Chair), the Director: Research Office and Faculty Deans. The committee is not bound to award any or all of the Fellowships in any one year.


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