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Research Fellows and Fellowships

Research Fellowships for Senior Academics

Rhodes provides an opportunity for the appointment of honorary researchers such as Research Associates and Visiting Professors which are designed to encourage colleagues from other institutions both locally and internationally to collaborate with Rhodes staff and in some cases to be co-supervisors of Master and PhD theses. These appointments are made as 3-year contracts through a process of nomination to the Academic and Staffing Committee which takes into consideration the departmental motivation and candidates CV in terms of their suitability for such an appointment. In addition, endowments provide funding for the appointment of a number of prestigious senior research fellowships on an annual basis. This programme of honorary and senior fellowship appointments has been a very successful means of stimulating collaboration with colleagues at research councils, industry and business both nationally and internationally and has been a stimulus to enhancing research outputs in many departments.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Research Fellows are individuals who undertake research and gain professional experience for a future academic career, under the supervision and mentorship of an academic host within the university. The purpose of a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for research which supports further academic and professional development.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship opportunities are provided by several different sources, i.e. NRF (National Research Foundation), MRC (Medical Research Commission), Claude Leon Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation and Rhodes University (internally funded). The Fellowships are awarded to individuals within five years of their having obtained a doctoral degree.

Following a clarification from the South African Revenue Services (SARS) and the Higher Education South Africa (HESA), new guidelines and practices need to be adhered to by all universities regarding the management of Postdoctoral Research Fellows. These guidelines will be effective with any new Postdoctoral Fellow appointee, at any university in South Africa.

For further information regarding Postdoctoral Research Fellowship opportunities: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Last Modified: Wed, 02 May 2018 13:01:19 SAST