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Government of South Africa Future Professors Programme 2020 – Call for Applications


The Department of Higher Education and Training calls on promising early-career academics to apply to be part of a transformative programme aimed at producing the next cohort of South African professors.

Application Deadline: 31st July 2020

Eligible Countries: South Africa

To be taken at (country): South Africa

About the Award:  The Future Professors Programme offers a structured curriculum that includes intensive seminars and international placement aimed at accelerating the readiness of young academics for the professoriate.

Type: Job

Eligibility: We are looking for the following attributes:

  • A deep commitment to the pursuit of advanced scholarship.
  • Evidence of productive and imaginative scholarly work.
  • Early signs of purpose and direction in academic work.
  • Novelty, richness and a willingness to take risks in the pursuit of large ideas.
  • Personal qualities of self-awareness, teachability and the need to grow.
  • Evidence of resilience and persistence in the face of setbacks.
  • A willingness to benefit from and contribute to a community of scholars

Selection:  Candidates will ideally be lecturers or senior lecturers in possession of a doctorate and who have already been able to demonstrate significant academic achievement beyond the doctoral degree. Candidates can apply via their university Vice-Chancellor’s office or its designated authority. The university in turn will nominate up to five candidates for possible selection. The first cohort will consist of 20 to 28 fellows. The programme commences in January 2021 and is open to all academics with the emphasis on black and women scholars.

Number of Awards: The first cohort will consist of 20 to 28 fellows

How to Apply:  Submission requires the following documentation (details provided in the Call sent to Vice-Chancellors):

  1. A curriculum vitae.
  2. Two-page evidence-based submission explaining how you meet the attributes. This should include a commitment to participate fully in the programme, if selected.
  3. Contact details of three referees.
  4. The application should be accompanied by a short institutional nomination by the Vice-Chancellor or the designated authority of your university, addressed to Professor Jonathan Jansen, University of Stellenbosch via the email [email protected]

Applications are limited to five per university, and only submissions made via the office of the designated authority at your university will be accepted by the 31 July 2020 deadline. Questions may be directed to Professor Jonathan Jansen, e-mail: [email protected]

  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage (see link below) before applying

Visit Award Webpage for Details

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