Full-Time Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2021 : Race, Gender, Decoloniality, and Higher Education

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 with a track record of researching either race, gender or decoloniality or a combination of these topics in relation to higher educationIdeally applicants will be able to secure a book contract with a reputable publisher, based on their PhD research.

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 when not conducting fieldwork. The annual stipend is R250 000 (ZAR) which includes R30 000 towards research expenses. The stipend is paid quarterly and is not taxable.

Applicants are expected to undertake research and publish on race/gender/decoloniality, with a focus on human development and social justice.

They will also contribute intellectually and organisationally 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 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.

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

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

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