Two-year Full-Time Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2020 - CALL CLOSED!

The SARChI Chair in Higher Education and Human Development Research Programme has one full-time, two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship open to South African and international applicants. 

The fellowship is targeted at early career researchers only. Mid-career applicants will not be considered.

The successful applicant will be expected to live in Bloemfontein when not conducting fieldwork.

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

Applicants must undertake research and publish in higher education or youth studies, 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 conference attendance and for their own research project.

We encourage diverse approaches to research, including participatory methods.

Applicants must:

  1. hold a PhD degree awarded in the last four 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 research proposal,
  3. copy of passport or ID document,
  4. names and contact details of two academic referees. 

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