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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 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:

2022 Call for Global Excellence Stature multidisciplinary call


The Multimorbidity in Africa: Digital Innovation, Visualisation and Application (MADIVA) research hub—funded by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s)new Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa (DS-I Africa) program—addresses the complex interplay, individual and public health challenges, and rising prevalence of multimorbidity in Africa through data science. We have rich longitudinal epidemiological data sets, partial but increasingly available clinical and laboratory records, and genomic data. The purpose is to develop data
science techniques and solutions to tackle the problem of multimorbidity in Africa—the problem of multiple co-occurring diseases significantly adding to the health burden in Africa. We work primarily on research sites in rural Bushbuckridge, South Africa and urban Nairobi, Kenya and build on the significant resources of the MRC/Wits Agincourt Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit and the African Population & Health Research Center(APHRC), Nairobi, which have long track records in working in these communities.

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Closing date : June 30, 2022 at 1700 hrs (EAT), 1600 (SAST). Applications received after this deadline will NOT be considered.

Application letter and supporting documents must be submitted:
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All application should be summitted to Ms. Valerie Mahlo


Closing Date: 05 June 2022

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2022 Thandika Mkandawire Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in African Political Economy and Economic Development
and Prize for Young Scholars

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Closing Date 22 May 2022

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