Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (PDRF)

Postdoctoral fellows are appointed to strengthen the research capacity within the UFS.  Postdoctoral fellows should have a relevant PhD degree that is not older than five years.

Postdoctoral fellows are not employees of the university and therefore do not qualify for any employee benefits, including retirement funding, membership of retirement funds, support in respect of a medical aid scheme or any for other employee benefits.

The primary objectives of PDRFs include the following: 
  • To place the University of the Free State at the forefront of research and innovation.
  • To generate new knowledge and transfer knowledge and skills.
  • To enable outstanding doctoral graduates to obtain experience of research and innovation at a higher education institution.
  • To provide an opportunity for promising young researchers from different universities to enhance their research skills and expertise.
  • To expand existing research and ideas and to pursue new lines of research.
  • To interact with other academics and postdoctoral fellows.
  • To emphasise an increase in publication outputs.
  • To establish and enhance South African intellect.
  • To develop knowledge for stakeholders such as the government, business, industry, and social communities.
  • To promote national and international conference attendance by postdoctoral fellows and the presentation of research papers at these conferences.

Contact details for the UFS postdoctoral fellow coordinator:
Mandy Jampies
Tel: +27 51 401 9725

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