University of Cape Town URC Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for South Africans and Foreigners

URC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course Level: Graduate (postdoctoral)
Provider: The University of Cape Town
Country to Study in: South Africa

Scholarship Description
The University of Cape Town University Research Committee (URC) offers Postdoctoral Fellowships for all South African and Foreign candidates in South Africa.

The University of Cape Town URC Postdoctoral Fellowships have been established to encourage excellent doctoral graduates to undertake research and academic training as Postdoctoral Research Fellows at the University of Cape Town. The Fellowships are based on academic merit and the number and quality of the applicant’s peer reviewed publications will be taken into account.

The University of Cape Town invites applications for a limited number of Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to be taken up at the University during 2014.

Conditions and Eligibility:
  • All South African and foreign candidates are eligible, but preference will be given to applicants who graduated with the doctoral degree from universities other than UCT.
  • Applicants who graduated from UCT at BOTH undergraduate and postgraduate levels are ineligible.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are normally awarded to individuals within five years of having achieved a doctoral degree. Only applicants who were awarded the PhD degree no earlier than June 2009 and who are not yet in academic or research posts are eligible.
  • There is no restriction on any particular discipline or field of research, but applications from other African countries and from women and black researchers will be given preference.
  • Applicants who have not yet graduated with the PhD degree must provide proof that the PhD thesis has been submitted by no later than 15 September 2013. Such proof must be accompanied by a written statement by the supervisor that the degree is likely to be achieved.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to undertake the agreed research as well as optional but limited teaching duties as part of professional development; however
  • Successful candidates will not be expected to perform any service to the host-department at the University of Cape Town in return for the Fellowship.
  • The URC Postdoctoral Fellowship is considered to be a PRIMARY AWARD and cannot be held in full concurrently with any other award without the prior consent of the University Research Committee. A maximum of 50% (R95,000) of the value of the award can be held concurrently with other postdoctoral fellowship(s) up to the overall limit of income from all sources of R350,000.
  • It is crucial that applicants’ research interests and faculty needs are in line with those of the host department.
  • Successful candidates will be expected to publish an appropriate number of papers, as determined by the discipline.
  • Successful candidates will be required to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Cape Town, and a Memorandum of Understanding with his/her Principal Investigator.
  • Successful candidates will be required to comply with the University of Cape Town’s approved policies, procedures and practises for the postdoctoral sector.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL sub-Saharan African countries

Participating Institutions
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Fields of study
Postdoctoral research and academic training in any available field at UCT

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration
The Fellowships are tenable for a maximum of 12 months.

Applications for renewal for one further year will be considered, but only in competition with new applications. Renewals are not guaranteed and submission of an application does not guarantee an award.

Scholarship benefits
The value of the Fellowships is fixed at R190, 000 per annum, and include any relocation expenses. The Fellowships carry no benefits and a directive for tax exemption will be applied for by UCT on behalf of the successful candidate.

Method of Application
Please complete the PDOC01 Application Form. This is available from the Postgraduate Centre and Funding Office, University of Cape Town or from the internet at the official website (see link below).

Applications must include all requested document, including: completed PDOC01 Application Form including all required information and attachments; applicant’s full CV and a full list of publications (reports from three referees, which must be submitted in sealed envelopes); and certified copies of all academic transcripts (please do not include copies of certificates).

Although fully completed applications must be submitted directly to the Postgraduate Funding Office, applicants are urged to contact the appropriate Head of Department in the first instance if at all possible. Information on faculty structure and academic departments may be found on the official UCT website. It is important to read this page.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 08 August 2013

Please note that late and/or incomplete applications will be disqualified. Where applicable, proof of submission of the PhD thesis is due by no later than 15 September 2013.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, and is the oldest university in South Africa and the second oldest extant university in Africa. UCT is the highest-ranked African university in the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and its Law and Commerce Faculties are consistently placed among the hundred best internationally. The language of instruction is English.

Application Deadline: 8 August 2013
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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