Rhodes University Postdoctoral Fellowships

The University Council has established several Rhodes University Postdoctoral Fellowships across all faculties which may be awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal. The Fellowships are intended to foster existing research and scholarly or creative activities within Rhodes University departments and institutes. Ideally a Fellow's proposed work will closely complement existing programmes in the host department.


Although there is no age restriction, potential Fellows must hold a doctoral degree, awarded within the last five years, preferably from an institution other than Rhodes University and recognized as appropriate to the discipline for which the Fellowship is sought. The Fellowship will be awarded strictly on merit.

An applicant who has not completed their PhD at the time the Fellowship is offered must have submitted the PhD thesis by the end of 2018. In these circumstances the Research Office will require written assurance from the applicant's supervisor that there is a reasonable expectation that the doctoral degree will be awarded.

Value of the Award

The value of the Fellowship is R180 000 per annum with an additional allocation of R20 000 to support the presentation of papers at formal conferences. The Fellowship cannot be held concurrently with any other supplementary funding.

Conditions of Award

The University expects that all publications, creative works and other academic products of the Fellowship will bear appropriate acknowledgement with full affiliation to Rhodes University. The University reserves the right to co-ownership of inventions and/or patents directly emanating from research conducted under the sponsorship of the Fellowship.

The University reserves the right to request the refund of any fellowship paid to the Fellow should the Fellow terminate their contract prior to its completion.

Applications for the Fellowships should be made through the potential host department and then directed to the Research Office (research-admin@ru.ac.za). The determination of awards will be made by a committee comprising the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Development (Chair), the Director: Research Office and Faculty Deans.

The committee is not bound to award any or all of the Fellowships in any one year.

Application date
1 year, renewable
Africa : South Africa
Social sciences
Required post-doc experience
Between 0 and 5 years
Award granted
R 180.000/year + research allowance