The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at UJ is a prestigious one and affords its postdoctoral research fellows the opportunity to significantly enhance not only their education, but also provide to further their careers as academic researchers.

Our post-doctoral research fellows are productive and valuable members of UJ. They make a substantial contribution towards meeting research output and capacity development goals, both at national and international level. International postdocs enhance the internationalisation of UJ and have the potential to strengthen international research collaboration networks.

Post-doctoral fellows will be contributing to 4IR knowledge and these contributions can be from many different disciplines, ranging through the humanities, law, business and economics, education, health sciences, sciences and engineering and the built environment.

The Postgraduate School (PGS) provides support to the University of Johannesburg’s PDRF students. This is done through the Postgraduate Funding Management (PFM) area. PFM is responsible for communicating the various postgraduate funding options made available at UJ for PDRF level of research.

PDRF Funding

Please note that all funding opportunities advertised below are prefixed with the closing date for applications/submissions. Please read the relevant opportunity for more details:

Uj Pgs Ges 4point0 Ad Online 2023

2023 Call for Global Excellence Stature (GES) 4.0 Postgraduate Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships Fourth Industrial Revolution (multidisciplinary call)

The attached document has links to master’s, doctoral, and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (PDRF) applications. Students and PDRFs can access the Sintel form through One Drive and submit it online. There is an indicator for attachments that will grant students and PDRFs access to attach the required documents. Applications that do not meet the requirements and do not have all the required documents will not be shortlisted

Honours/PG Diploma students are welcome to use the first semester results and send us the final results before the end of December 2022.

Students and PDRFs whose research interest is aligned with 4IR are welcome to apply. All application forms have keywords that identify projects that could be regarded as 4IR-related. Students and PDRFs are advised to first read those keywords or to confirm with their hosts or potential hosts whether the research projects to be undertaken are aligned with 4IR.

The call is open to students and PDRFs who will be registering for either master’s, doctoral or PDRF positions for the first time in 2023, second-year master’s; second-year or third-year doctoral; or PDRFs who will be in their second year in 2023 will not qualify. For more information click here. 

Closing Date: 30 November 2022

Application links: 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 
Queries may be directed to

Funding Master’s Scholarship
Queries may be directed to Mr. Ntokozo Manana at
Tel: 011-559-7201

Funding Doctoral Scholarship 
Queries may be directed to Ms. Charlotte Motinyane

Call for Applications – NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 Academic Year

Applicant Cut-off Dates

Scholarship CategoryOpening dateClosing date
First-time General Doctoral Scholarships1 Apr 202208 July 2022
First-time General Masters Scholarships1 Apr 202208 July 2022
First-time General Honours Scholarships1 Apr 202220 Nov 2022

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2023 academic year.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master’s and doctoral studies respectively, in the year of application, regardless of first year of registration.

Applicants must apply on the NRF Connect website at:

Register with your ORCID credentials. Should you not have any, please register on ORCID to gain access.

Remember to ‘Sync’ your CV with the NRF Online Submission CV, should you have one first.

Click Apply to create an application and start completing your application. For more instructions you may like to use the Application Guide attached on this email.

General Application Guide

NRF Connect Applications User Guide

For manuals and tutorials on how to use the system is available on the NRF website atNRF Connect Documents – National Research Foundation.

Kindly, do not reply to all.

Institutional Contact Person

Mr. Thabiso Masango
Tel: 0115593287

Ms. Charlotte Motinyane
Tel: 011 559 3780



UJ is inviting Postdoctoral Research Fellows with strong econometric skills to apply for the Trilateral Chair research program. PDRFs who have expertise in the statistical or econometric analysis are welcome to apply. For more information please click here. 

Closing Date: 01 November 2022

Aplication should be forwarded to:

Ms. Lerato Mofokeng


Sasol-NRF Postdoctoral Innovation Fellowship Programme


The National Research Foundation (NRF) and Sasol are pleased to announce Sasol-NRF Postdoctoral Innovation Fellowships Program. This program is an extension of the Agreement to fund research in energy transition that was reached in December 2021.

For more information click here.

Applicant Closing date: 20 September 2022

Call for Applications for NRF Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023

Extended Applicant Cut-off Date: 17 May 2022 

The National Research Foundation (NRF) is pleased to announce the call for Postdoctoral Fellowship applications for 2022.

Applications must reach the University of Johannesburg by the NRF cut-off date, 06 May 2022. Applicants must apply on the NRF Connect website at:

Register with your ORCID credentials. Should you not have any, please register on ORCID to gain access.

Remember to ‘Sync’ your CV with the NRF Online Submission CV, should you have one first.

Click Apply to create an application and start completing your application. For more instructions you may like to use the Application Guide attached on this email.

General Application Guide

Freestanding Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships

Institutional Contact Person

Mr. Thabiso Masango
TEL:011 559 3287

Ms. Charlotte Motinyane
TEL: 011 559 3780

GCRO-UJ Post-doctoral research fellow focusing on the Quality of Life dataset

This is a call for recent doctoral graduates to apply for a Postdoctoral Research
Fellowship at the Gauteng City- Region Observatory (GCRO), Johannesburg, and funded
by the University of Johannesburg’s Humanities Faculty. The Fellowship will require
work using Quality of Life survey data or on relevant methodological issues, shaped by
the interests of the successful candidate. This is a two-year fellowship with annual
funding of R300 000. Candidates must hold a relevant Doctoral degree completed not
more than 5 years ago in a relevant field, and have at least one relevant paper in an
accredited journal.

Further information is available click here.

In order to apply, please submit the following documentation to
Closing date 03 May 2022 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Position in Innovation Studies

Closing Date: 18 March 2022

The DSI/NRF/Newton Fund Trilateral Research Chair in Transformative Innovation, the 4th Industrial Revolution and Sustainable Development at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, seeks to appoint a suitably qualified Post-doctoral Research Fellow.

The Trilateral Chair is a prestigious research programme co-funded by the South African Department of Science and Innovation and administered by the National Research Foundation and the British Council under the Newton Fund. The Research Chair is a partnership between the University of Johannesburg (SA), the University of Sussex (UK) and the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Kenya. The Chair is formed by dynamic international researchers and engages in cutting-edge research. Prof. Erika Kraemer-Mbula holds the Research Chair at the University of Johannesburg.

Persons who hold an interest in the role of innovation as a driver of sustainable and inclusive development are encouraged to apply. Fellowships carry a basic salary, with some funding available for travel, training and research costs.

For queries and submissions, contact: Ms Robyn Erin Williams

To find out more: Click Here