Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Public Mental Health) at University of Cape Town for Africans

African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI):
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Public Mental Health)

Course(s) Offered: Medicine (Mental Health))
Course Level: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Provider: UK Wellcome Trust
Country to Study in: South Africa

Scholarship Description
The overall goal of AMARI is to build an Africa-led network of mental, neurological and substance use researchers in Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe, who are equipped to lead high quality mental health research programmes that meet the needs of their countries.

The AMARI fellowships funded by the UK Wellcome Trust have been established to provide support for a Post-Doctoral Fellow to join the team in the Centre for Public Mental Health, in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town for two years.

Although the research topic is of the successful Fellows choice, AMARI aims to a provide a sustainable career pipeline for these researchers with emphasis on integrating MNS research into existing programmes such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health.

African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI): Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Public Mental Health)

Conditions of Award:
  • Postdoctoral research fellowships are only available to individuals who have achieved the doctoral degree within the past 5 years;
  • Applicants may not previously have held full-time permanent professional or academic posts;
  • No benefits or allowances are included in the value of the fellowship
  • Successful candidates will not be permitted to be on salaried/full-time employment concurrently. No service will be required in return of the award.
  • The successful incumbent will be required to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practises for the postdoctoral sector.
Academic Criteria:
This fellowship is only available to individuals who have achieved the doctoral degree within the past 5 years. Applicants should have graduated with the PhD degree in the following areas: Psychology, Psychiatry, Public Health, Medicine, Social or Nursing and have a strong interest in Public Mental Health.

The successful applicant must be available to commence with the Fellowship on January 1, 2017.

Eligible groups
Citizens of African countries

Participating Institutions
Centre for Public Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town; South Africa

Fields of study
Public Mental Health -- mental, neurological and substance use research

Number of awards
One postdoc position will be awarded

Sponsorship duration
Although the tenure of the fellowships is 2 years, satisfactory academic progress must be evidence for continued registration.

Scholarship benefits
The value of the Fellowship is R400 000 per annum. Separate funds will be available to cover the costs of carrying out the intended research.

The fellowship is compliant with the SARS policies/rules and is therefore exempt from taxation.

Method of Application
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Katherine Sorsdahl at for an application package.

It is important to read the AMARI Postdoc Research Fellowship call (pdf) and also to visit the official website for complete information.

The deadline for all applications is Monday 31 August 2016

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.

Application Deadline: 31 August 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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