OPEN CALL: Two Full-Time Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2023

The SARChI Chair in Higher Education and Human Development Research Programme has two full-time, two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship. These are open to talented, hard-working and motivated applicants to research critical higher education studies.  The award must be taken up in January 2023.

The fellowship is targeted at: 1) early career researchers; 2) under the age of 45 years; 3) not in full-time academic employment; and 4) within three to five 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 (non-taxable) 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, equalities and social justice. They will also contribute to the research activities and the 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 five 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 organizational or administrative experience, for example organizing webinars.  Ideally applicants will already have had papers prepared and/or 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, 3) publication and research plan, 4) copy of passport or ID document, 4) letters from two academic referees (one referee must be your lead PhD supervisor).

If you do not hear within two weeks of applying, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Closing date: Open till filled

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