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Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills (FISS) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022

The NRF is issuing this pooled call for Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowship applications

Application Deadline: Ongoing

Eligible Field(s): Applications from candidates intending to pursue postdoctoral research in the specific areas listed below will be considered for the respective fellowships.

NRF Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Natural Sciences;
  • Engineering;
  • Technology;
  • Social Sciences; and
  • Humanities.

In allocating funds for Postdoctoral Fellowships at South African public research institutions, priority will be given to Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) disciplines. The percentage of Fellowships awarded towards the SET domain will be between 70 – 80%; and between 20 – 30% for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).

Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Biotechnology;
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology;
  • Engineering;
  • Computer science;
  • Physics;
  • Astronomy;
  • Mathematical Sciences;
  • Nanotechnology;
  • Chemistry;
  • Earth Science;
  • Ecology;
  • Medical sciences;
  • Social Sciences; and
  • Humanities

Scarce Skills Development Fund Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Management:
    • Financial Management
  • Financial sector:
    • Accounting, Auditing, Statistics, Actuarial Science
  • Biological sciences:
    • Biotechnology
  • Physical sciences:
    • Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Geology, Computer Science, Information systems, Chemistry
  • Engineering:
    • All fields of Engineering
  • Sector specific:
    • Agricultural Sciences, Transportation Studies, Tourism, Demography

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: The eligibility criteria applicable to all the Postdoctoral Fellowships supported by the NRF are listed in section 6.1. In addition, sections 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4 list eligibility criteria for each category of fellowships relating to citizenship requirements

General eligibility criteria for all Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Applicants must have obtained their doctoral degree within five (5) years of submitting an application to the NRF;
  • Applicants who are currently completing their doctoral dissertation for submission may apply however, they should complete their doctoral degree by 31 December 2021, as awards that are not taken up by 30 June 2022 will be cancelled by the NRF;
  • Full-time employees of Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) or other research institutions are only eligible to apply if they intend to take unpaid leave for the duration of the postdoctoral fellowship;
  • Applicants who are applying for a second NRF Postdoctoral research placement will be eligible if they intend undertaking research on a new project;
  • Applicants who are applying for a second NRF Postdoctoral research placement to continue with research on the same project are not eligible; and
  • Applicants who are applying for a third NRF Postdoctoral research placement are not eligible.

Eligible Countries: African countries

To be Taken at (Country): South Africa

Number of Awards: The institution will submit a maximum of thirty (30) applications from all the Postdoctoral applications received at the university or research institution. Applications submitted by the institutions to the NRF must be aligned with the following equity targets:

  • 80% South African citizens and permanent residents
  • 80% Black (African, Indian and Coloured)
  • 55% Female

Value & Duration of Award: Successful applicants will receive funding for a maximum period of two (2) years based on the initial commencement date of the project. Female Postdoctoral Fellows that take maternity leave during the tenure of the fellowship, are eligible for an additional four (4) months of support beyond the two (2) year fellowship period

How to Apply: Applications must be completed on the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za. Applicants are advised to complete their applications soon after the call opened to prevent IT system overload nearer the closing date

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

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