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PDRF Funding Opportunities

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:


Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications 2022

Call for Applications

NRF Freestanding, Innovation, Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships | 2022

University of Johannesburg Internal Closing Date: 26 March 2021

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 internal cut-off date, 26 March 2021. Applicants must apply on the NRF Online Submission System at: 

For more information pertaining to this Call, please refer to the attached Framework and Application Funding Guide. Applicants are encouraged to first engage their institutional authorities, i.e. Postgraduate School  for information and advice on application submission. 

Application and funding guide - click here 

FISS Postdoc Framework - click here 

Institutional Contact Person

1. Mr. Tshediso Msibi




2. Mr. Thabiso Masango

011 559 3287



Call For Research/Postdoctoral Fellowships (Two Years)

Closing Date: 4 April 2021

The Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education Studies (AMCHES) invites qualified academic researchers to apply for a two-year research fellowship at the University of Johannesburg. The fellowships are aimed at enabling academic researchers to conduct research on the legacies of African scholars, intellectuals, leaders, and institutions. Successful candidates will be working with leading scholars in the field and utilise all available research facilities in South Africa and beyond.

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Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

The University of South Africa's Graduate School of Business Leadership has four spaces to place Post-Doctoral Fellows.

Research Areas of Focus are:

  • Industrial psychology,
  • Psychology, and
  • Business Management.


The minimum requirements to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the SBL, are as follows:

  • Completion of a doctoral qualification at a recognised higher education institution (other than UNISA). NOTE: Those without a doctoral qualification will be considered if official proof of submission for examination of a doctoral qualification can be provided, and if the application is approved, it will be conditional on the qualification being awarded (and the fellowship taken up) within 3 months of the appointment being made.
  • The qualification should have been awarded less than five (5) years prior to the time of application. If the qualification were obtained from an international institution, a SAQA Evaluation of Foreign Qualification certificate must be submitted before a Principal Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) could be signed between the PostDoc and UNISA and the appointment could commence.
  • Fellowship must be taken up within 3 months of the appointment being made, otherwise the scholarship will be forfeited.
  • Applicants must have already published at least one (1) accredited journal article; and one (1) peer-reviewed presentation in accredited conference proceedings.


The following documents should be submitted with the application:

  • a fully completed and signed application form (which can be obtained from;
  • a detailed curriculum vitae (CV);
  • a detailed list of all research outputs, including ISBN / ISSN numbers;
  • a copy of the doctoral qualification or official proof of submission for examination of doctoral qualification; and
  • a detailed research plan, including research focus area and expected research outputs.