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Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Rhodes University Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2025

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.

Please note renewals are not automatic and current RU Postdoctoral Fellowship holders will need to apply for a Renewal.

RU Postdoc Application

RU Postdoc Renewal Application

Closing date: 19 July 2024

Postdoctoral Fellowships foster existing research and scholarly or creative activities within Rhodes University departments and institutes. Ideally, a Postdoctoral Fellow's proposed work will closely complement existing programs in the host department.

  • Although there is no age restriction, potential Postdoctoral 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 Postdoctoral 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 Postdoctoral Fellow's discipline. The Postdoctoral Fellowship will be awarded strictly on merit.
  • An applicant who has not completed their PhD  must have submitted the PhD thesis by the end of 2024. In these circumstances, the Research Office will require written assurance from the applicant's Host that there is a reasonable expectation that the doctoral degree will be successfully examined by early 2025.
  • Applications should be made through Heads of Departments or Directors of Research Institutes.

Value of the Postdoctoral Fellowship

Each Postdoctoral Fellowship is R240 000 per annum. The Postdoctoral Fellowship cannot be held concurrently with any employment or supplementary funding.The payments are made quarterly in advance.

Conditions of Award

The University expects all publications, creative works, and other academic products of the Postdoctoral Fellowship will bear appropriate acknowledgment with full affiliation to Rhodes University. The University reserves the right to co-ownership of inventions and 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 their contract before its completion.

Award of the Postdoctoral 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). Awards will be determined by a committee comprising the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research,Innovation and Strategic Partnerships (Chair), the Director: Research Office, and Faculty Deans.

The committee is not bound to award any or all of the Fellowships in one year.






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