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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships funding 2021

Applications received after the RU internal deadline date will not be considered.

Internal RU deadline for Postdoc applications: 30 March 2020

During the last three years the National Research Foundation (NRF) has embarked on a process designed to enhance and simplify the NRF administrative interface with Researchers, Students and Designated Authorities. This has been done by streamlining its application templates and its Call Opening process, in line with the forthcoming Research Support Strategies by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the NRF. The NRF therefore has pleasure in announcing the opening of the NRF One Call for Proposals.

Applications must be submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za. Please see instructions on how to apply in the General Application Guide.

Application and Funding Guide for FISS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021

FISS Postdoctoral Framework

All Framework and Funding and Application Guide documents are available on the NRF website at https://www.nrf.ac.za/funding/framework-documents.  These documents have information on specific programme eligibility and application requirements and should be consulted before an application is put through.

Important Note:

  • Please read the attached General Application guide for more information on the different funding categories.
  • The NRF system will open throughout the year but there are cut-off dates for submission of applications to the NRF for each funding instrument and applicants are advised to stick to the Applicant cut-off dates in Appendix 1.
  • Applications received after the NRF submission date will not be considered and will be rejected by the institution.
  • The Institutional Grants are not yet open but will open in the near future.

The NRF Support Desk may be contacted for technical assistance, as follows:
Email: supportdesk@nrf.ac.za or Tel: 012 481-4202


Rhodes University Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2021

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.

Closing date: 31 July 2020

RU Postdoc Application Form

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 department.

  • 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 Institutes.

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 University. 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-admin@ru.ac.za). 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.


Postdoctoral position: Synthetic chemistry with applications to NMR. Department of Chemistry, Rhodes University, South Africa.

Rhodes University was founded in 1904 and has a well-established reputation for academic excellence. With just over 8200 students, Rhodes is a small University, which enjoys the distinction of having among the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member.

The post opening is for a postdoctoral scientist within the Chemistry Department to work under the supervision of the NMR specialist at Rhodes, Dr. Pierre Kempgens. The successful candidate will work on (1) selective deuteration of some simple organic molecules and (2) synthesis in organometallic chemistry, namely cobalt and lithium chemistry.

Dr. Pierre Kempgens’s research focus on the application of NMR to quadrupolar nuclei in both solid-state and liquid-state. The target molecules in this project are potentially interesting from the point of view of NMR. Experiments such as 2H, 6Li, 7Li, 59Co COSY-type NMR experiments will be run on these molecules. Also, attention will be paid to differential line broadening due to quadrupolar-CSA interference in systems where a spin I = ½ is scalar coupled to a quadrupolar nucleus. Other NMR studies will be at the discretion of the successful candidate.


  • PhD in synthetic chemistry obtained within the last five years.
  • Good knowledge of liquid-state NMR spectroscopy (theory and experimental). Knowledge of solid-state NMR (theory and experimental) is a plus.
  • Strong publication record
  • Willingness to participate in team science and work closely with interdisciplinary scientists

The post is available for one year, renewable for another year upon mutual agreement. Anticipate starting date: January 2021. 

To be considered for this position, applicants should include a CV, cover letter and contact information for three references to p.kempgens@ru.ac.za
























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