Postdoctoral research fellowships are awarded to individuals within five years of obtaining a doctoral degree. A postdoctoral fellowship is for individuals who want to gain experience in a research academic career and gain professional experience under the observation of a supervisor. The fellowship is potentially available to you for a period of two years. Continued funding beyond the first year is dependent on the submission of an annual progress report.


  • To place the University of the Free State at the forefront of research and innovation.
  • To generate new knowledge and transfer knowledge and skills.
  • To enable outstanding doctoral graduates to obtain experience in research and innovation at a higher-education institution.
  • To provide an opportunity for promising young researchers from different universities to enhance their research skills and expertise.
  • To expand on existing research and ideas and to pursue new lines of research.
  • To interact with other academics and postdoctoral fellows.
  • To emphasise an increase in publication outputs.
  • To establish and enhance South African intellect;
  • To develop knowledge for stakeholders such as the government, business, industry, and social communities.
  • To promote national and international conference attendance by postdoctoral fellows and the presentation of research papers at these conferences.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Jonathan Edwards Centre Africa is potentially available for a period of two years. Continued funding beyond the first year is dependent on the submission of an annual progress report, and during your fellowship you will be expected to publish at least five subsidy-bearing research articles per annum in accredited journals (as first or co-author, as the case may be).

For information about admission, application and funding, please submit the following to Prof Adriaan Neele (neeleac@ufs.ac.za) and Mr Victor Emma-Adamah (Univ. of Cambridge '18, EmmaAdamahVU@ufs.ac.za): completed doctoral work (PDF), two letters of recommendation (advisor and co-advisor), and a research proposal (maximum 10 pages, double-spaced, font size 12).

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