Full-Time Postdoctoral Fellowship

The SARChI Chair in Higher Education and Human Development Research Programme has one full-time, two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship open to talented and motivated South African and international applicants. The award must be taken up no later than January 2022.

The fellowship is targeted at early career researchers, not yet in full-time academic employment, and within three years of having completed a PhD. The successful applicant will be expected to live in Bloemfontein, South Africa when not conducting fieldwork.

The annual stipend is ZAR 250 000,00 which includes ZAR 30 000,00 towards research expenses. The stipend is paid quarterly.

Applicants are expected to undertake research and publish on higher education, with a focus on human development and social justice. They will also contribute to the research activities and culture of the higher education and human development research group.

They are expected to apply for external funding, for example towards international conference attendance.

Applicants must:
1) hold a PhD degree awarded in the last three years in the social sciences or humanities: education, sociology, development studies, history, politics, philosophy, geography, psychology;
2) normally be under 45 years of age;
3) have prior experience of presenting research papers at conferences and/or seminars; and,
4) have some organisational or administrative experience, for example organising seminars. Ideally applicants will already have had papers accepted for publication and/or secured a book contract with a reputable publisher.

All applications should be emailed to Prof Melanie Walker at: with the following supporting documents:

1) CV
2) letter of motivation and publication and research plan,
3) copy of passport or ID document,
4) names and contact details of three academic referees (one referee must be your lead PhD thesis supervisor, and one must be one of your external PhD examiners).

Closing date: Open till post filled

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