Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme: Call for applications

(international candidates only)

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2017 

The University of Pretoria (UP) invites applications from excellent doctoral graduates for the Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme. 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 areas that align with the University's research strengths and strategic priorities. The fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis and the candidates' previous achievements will be important criteria in identifying suitable fellows, as will the alignment of their research interests with identified institutional priorities. 

UP supports research in a range of fields, broadly grouped under faculties. These include priority research themes and research undertaken in institutes and centres within the 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. Preference will be given to candidates with research interest and expertise in these fields. 

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

Application process 

Applications should be submitted using the application form, which is available at or obtainable by email request to Each application should be accompanied by a comprehensive curriculum vitae and a two-page letter of motivation describing the applicant's research achievements and expertise, and his/her objectives related to the postdoctoral fellowship. By referring to the UP website, candidates should identify the research programme in which they wish to be appointed. Applications should be supported by two letters of reference that attest to:  

  • the candidate's academic and research interests (this may be written bythe candidate's doctoral supervisor), and
  • the suitability of his/her research experience with respect to the field selected for postdoctoral research. 

Further information is available from the University's Department of Research and Innovation (email:, and the Conditions of the Award can be found at


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