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Prestige Scholars Programme

Vice-Chancellor’s Prestige Scholars Programme

The Vice-Chancellor’s Prestige Scholars Programme (PSP) accelerates the pathway to professorship for 25 young scholars with recent PhDs. Through intensive research support and academic training, the unique programme focuses on the next generation of top researchers.

The programme identifies and promotes promising young academics at the university towards becoming full professors with superior research accomplishments. This fast-tracking of the next generation of professors involves an intensive mentorship programme at the UFS and international placement with a leading scholar at a top university.

Prof Jackie du Toit, Academic Co-Director of PSP, says: “This highly prestigious cross-disciplinary programme for the next generation of UFS professors in the last two years produced Fulbright scholars; NRF Y1-rated young scholars; NRF Blue Skies and Thuthuka recipients and several National Research Foundation Y2 ratings.

“Scholars on the programme have created partnerships with leading universities in Japan, Europe, the UK and the USA. Within the South African academy, the PSP is a novel approach to the advancement of scholarship and the development of professional scholars. It contributes towards positioning the UFS as an innovator among research universities in this country.”

For more information on the PSP please contact Prof Jackie du Toit: DuToitJS@ufs.ac.za or visit the PSP's webpage.

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