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Welcome to the The Post-Doctoral Research Fellows Website 

The Post-Doctoral Research Programme at the UJ was established as part of the University’s broader strategy to bolster its research capacity for enhanced research excellence. The standard period for a Post-doctoral Fellow (PDRF) at UJ is two years although some leave earlier when they get better opportunities or permanent employment and some extend the period through formal motivation or reapplication. Through the programme, the University has attracted a number of candidates from diverse backgrounds nationally and abroad. Thus advancing internationalisation of the University, while at the same time presenting an opportunity to expand global networks and collaborations. 

A post-doctoral fellowship is a transitionary phase, intended to bridge the gap from doctoral graduation to employment. As such the main aim of the fellowship is to fast track further development and honing of PDRFs’ research and professional skills in preparation for future academic or another professional career. Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are usually awarded to individuals within five years of receiving a doctoral degree for the purpose of engaging in a period of dedicated research ​

Navigation the PDRF@UJ Page 
The various tabs on this page will link you to specific information. Some of the subpages are linked to the PDRF Lifecycle:

The relationship between the University and the PDRF is symbiotic and both entities can benefit. For the institution that benefit includes:

  •  An increase in research output,
  •  Access to new research ideas an stimulus of current research programs, 
  • Support and strengthening in existing research programmes through research and publications, 
  • A strengthening of the internationalisation agenda, 
  • The building and strengthening of networks with institutions from which the PDRFs come and those to which they will go,
  • Support in academic tasks that align with the PDRFs development, and 
  • A potential resource to support and co-supervise or supervise research students. 

The benefits to the PDRFs include: 

  • An opportunity to expand their research skills from those acquired during their doctoral studies,
  • An opportunity to expand and strengthen their professional competencies and skills in preparation for academic or research careers,
  • An opportunity for UJ doctoral candidates to publish their doctoral research, and 
  • An opportunity to build professional networks.​


​PDRF Coordinator  
Ms Prashika Panday
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Postgraduate School 
Tel: (+27) 011 559 7205

PDRF Administration Assistant
Mrs Hontse Leqela
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Postgraduate School
Tel: (+27) 011 559 4542 

PDRF Development (SIA) 
Ms Hellen Adogo 
APK Campus ARing 407 
Tel: (+27) 011 559 3271