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University of Winnipeg/University of Pretoria Dual-site Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2018

Applications are now open for the Post-Doc fellowship on decolonising higher education in Canada and South Africa

Application Deadline: 15th March 2018

Eligible Countries: South Africa

To Be Taken At (Country):  Manitoba, Canada / Gauteng, South Africa

About the Award: This exciting dual-site research project is a comparative study of student led/directed efforts to decolonise/Indigenise higher education in Canada and South Africa.  Sparked by the University of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Course Requirement, and South Africa’s widespread #FeesMustFall protests, this project seeks to comparatively investigate ways students in higher education are narrating, resisting and challenging colonial legacies in their unique contexts.  This project explores ways that students are re-imagining and engaging with their own education to develop emergent spaces that challenge violence and insecurity related to colonial legacies.

This post-doctoral fellowship is supported in part by The University of Winnipeg Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee International Scholars Program. The successful candidate will have access to the growing network of global scholars who participate in and graduate from this program.

The post-doctoral fellow will receive competitive funding, office space and library access in Winnipeg and Pretoria or Johannesburg. The University of Winnipeg will provide guidance with respect to visas, accommodation, transportation, healthcare and orientation to Winnipeg and Canada. An academic supervisor will be assigned based on discipline and area of expertise.


Type: Fellowship (Academic)


  • We invite applications from emerging scholars who have completed a PhD within the previous 3 years, with a demonstrated connection to this project – including but not limited to social movements, decolonisation and higher education.
  • This position is open to applicants from all related disciplines.
  • Applicants must have an earned PhD in hand at the time of selection and must be a South African citizen.
  • We are seeking a candidate that will be prepared to engage the depth and complexity of the topic.
  • The nomination is contingent on receipt of an appropriate visa for Canada.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: $34,000 (Canadian) plus benefits coverage OR an allowance for benefits (dependent
on eligibility)

Duration of Program: 12 months

How to Apply: To apply please send a single pdf document containing:

• a cover letter
• cv
• proof of South African citizenship or permanent residency
• proof of conferral of your PhD or letter from your PhD supervisor confirming expected completion date.
• 3- page single spaced summary of your research approach to this opportunity
• contact information for three academic references

Your research approach must: (1) detail an innovative and achievable research plan including research method, theoretical framework, and timeline, (2) show familiarity with one or more of the student movements at the heart of this project and related literature, and (3) demonstrate how this project builds on your past work and fits into your research program.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the University of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Course Requirement

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

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