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TWAS-NRF Postdoctoral Fellowship

TWAS-NRF postdoctoral fellowships are tenable at research institutions in South Africa for a minimum period of six months to a maximum period of three years. They are awarded to scientists from developing countries (other than South Africa) to enable them to pursue postdoctoral research in the natural sciences. The National Research Foundation (NRF) provides travel to and from South Africa, and a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency.

These fellowships are awarded to candidates who do not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in South Africa or any developed country. They must have a PhD in the field of natural sciences. They should apply for the fellowship within five (5) years of having obtained a PhD degree; be a regular employee in a developing country (other than South Africa) and hold a research assignment there. They should provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship and provide an official letter from a host South African institution, department or laboratory, as well as motivation from the applicant’s host. They should present a detailed research project that must be registered and approved by the host institution and provide a letter of support from the prospective host supervisor.

Application for Acceptance at South African Institutions

Applicants must contact institutions in South Africa or potential supervisors to obtain a placement into the postdoctoral research training programme. For details of recognised higher education institutions (HEIs) click here and for other public research institutions click here.

An official letter of acceptance must be obtained from the potential host institution and/or supervisor. The letter must cover details that include:
  • The research project to be undertaken by the applicant.
  • Available infrastructure and facilities for an enabling environment for host’s research.
Application for Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

Applicants are advised to start this process early to allow time for processing. Information on the process can be accessed by logging on to www.saqa.org.za. On the SAQA website, navigate to Service - Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications - General Information.

Applicants must strictly adhere to all the instructions and provide all applicable documents to avoid delays and rejection of applications. Applicants are advised to courier all application documents to SAQA directly.

For more information regarding these fellowships, please visit http://www.nrf.ac.za/. Applicants must apply on the NRF Online system at: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za.

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