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Supervision Enrichment Programmes hosted by Research Capacity Development 

1.     Short learning programme in research supervision (SLPs)

The Postgraduate School in collaboration with the Faculty of Education is offering Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) on research supervision. These Senate-approved SLPs will be offered in blended mode: online interaction with programme materials and facilitators, spread over a semester, will be supplemented with three compulsory full-day contact sessions at the Postgraduate School on Auckland Park Kingsway (APK) Campus. Three SLPs may be credited to the Postgraduate Diploma in Research Supervision. The two SLPs being offered in the second semester of 2020 are 'Current and Emerging Issues in Postgraduate Supervision' and 'Supervision of Quantitative Research Design'.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the contact sessions might have to be offered using digital remote teaching technology.

For information on these programmes click here to download the brochure. 


There is no charge for these programmes for UJ staff, including Postdoctoral fellows. 

Cost per programme is R5600 for external delegates.


Should you wish to apply please note that you will be required to:

  • Complete the Research Capacity Development internal application form.

Click here to download the application form.

Once you have been notified that your application has been accepted, you will have to 

  • Formally apply via UJ's online application system. 


The closing date for the above programmes is 29 May 2020.


2.     Postgraduate Supervision Enrichment Winter School 

'4IR pedagogy in postgraduate supervision' is the focus of the UJ Postgraduate School's planned week-long Supervision Enrichment Winter School, due to take place from 6 – 12 July 2020. The Winter School will provide an opportunity for both novice and experienced supervisors to engage with issues pertaining to postgraduate supervision in the era of artificial intelligence, systems thinking and cross-disciplinary research. This topic has been chosen to highlight the need for the development of a changing postgraduate research supervision pedagogy that promotes 4IR readiness in UJ graduates.  This is in response to the realisation that graduates in the 4IR need to have intellectual flexibility, be adaptable and acquire the ability to deal with complexity so that they can respond to the tensions that accompany the exponentially accelerating rate of technological innovation. In addition, they should have control of digital research and communication tools and cultivate critical awareness of the ethical, social and intercultural dilemmas that result from rapid change. 

In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the Postgraduate Supervision Enrichment Winter School will most probably have to be postponed. The Research Capacity Development unit is hoping to host it later in the year instead, when the situation has improved. 


Call for Applications

L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women In Science South Africa National Programme

Call For Applications 2020 
  • The L'OreaL- UNESCO partnership launches the second edition of the South African National Programme to support young female scientists. 
  • 5 Fellowships of R80 000 each, will be granted to 5 South African PhD students
  • 2 Fellowships of R160 000 each, will be granted to 2 South African postdoctoral researchers
  • Closing date for applications: Tuesday 30 June 2020
  • For more information and to apply visit,
  • For enquiries email:


Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. Now open for applications!

Four recent PhDs are selected as winners and will be published by Science, receive up to 30,000 USD and be invited to Sweden to receive their awards, present their research, and meet with leading scientists in their respective fields. 

This year's categories are: 

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology Approaches 
  • Ecology and Environment
  • Molecular Medicine

Eligible entrants must have been awarded their doctoral degree in 2018 or 2019. 

Candidates apply by submitting a 1000-word essay (along with a few other documents, such as a letter of reference) about their PhD thesis, which is judged by an independent editorial team organized by Science

The application deadline for this year's Prize is July 15, 2020. More information can be found on:

We would be very grateful if you would spread this information (and the attached flyer) to recent PhDs within your network. It would be fantastic to welcome a winner from your institution. 

Click here to view the PDF