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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Call for applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2019

Each year the CoE-HUMAN awards Post-doctoral fellows who wish to do research that falls into one of the CoE's four thematic or cross-cutting areas:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellows are funded for three years at R200 000 a year

The deadline for submission of all applications is Friday 23 November 2018.
Application results will be communicated to all applicants by 18 January 2019.


Postdoctoral Fellows and their supervisors will sign performance agreements with the CoE, obliging:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellows to have at least two (2) first or co-authored papers accepted for publication, in press or published in each year of the three-year fellowship.

Key rules of the bursary and fellowship programme:

  • All fellowships, scholarships and bursaries are paid to the institution where you are registered
  • The bursaries or fellowships are only available for full-time studies or full-time post-doctoral employment
  • A student may hold only one scholarship or bursary from either the NRF or another state-funded organisation at any one time
  • When an award is supplemented from a grant holder's running costs, it can be topped up with a maximum of only R20 000 per annum
  • All foreign grant holders (students, fellows or bursars) have to be registered and based at a South African institution
  • The maximum age limit for an applicant/nominee is 60 years at the time of application/nomination

Read all the rules in the call for applications document.

For more information, email coe.human@wits.ac.za.


Mellon Creative Writing Fellowship for 2019*

Postdoctoral fellowship (one year), R200 000 (x1)

2019 Creative Writing Postdoc Application Form

Creative Writing Pedagogy/History, isiXhosa and Creative Writing, Creativity, Creativity and Education, “post qualitative inquiry” (St. Pierce), Poetics, Narrativity, etc. The ideal candidate will contribute to the ongoing conceptualising of a Creative Writing doctoral programme in 2021. S/He might also be involved in our intensive course focussing on hybrid genres, multilingualism, innovation and experimentation in fiction and poetry.

Please read our Doctoral Programme Discussion Document and then email a brief, conversational expression of interest to principal investigators Mr Paul Wessels and Dr Hleze Kunju (p.wessels@ru.ac.za; h.kunju@ru.ac.za). Include your area of research, the date your PhD was awarded, the institution that awarded the degree, your current institutional affiliation (if applicable), and how you think your area of research intersects with our proposed doctoral programme.

Application forms are available from Paul Wessels and Hleze Kunju (p.wessels@ru.ac.za; h.kunju@ru.ac.za)

Closing date: 30 November 2018

Submit completed application forms top.wessels@ru.ac.za and h.kunju@ru.ac.za

*Equity considerations apply


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