NRF Postdoctoral Call

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The NRF call is currently open and has been distributed as follows.

Call for applications
NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023
Internal UFS closing date: 10 May 2023

The National Research Foundation (NRF), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), is pleased to announce the call for fellowship applications for 2024 in the following categories:

  • DST- NRF- Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowships;
  • DST- NRF- Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships; and
  • DST- NRF- DHET - Scarce Skills Development Fund: Postdoctoral Fellowships


The eligibility criteria applicable to all the postdoctoral fellowships supported by the NRF are listed in section 6.1 in the attached framework document. In addition, sections 6.2, 6.3, and 6.4 list eligibility criteria for each category of fellowships relating to citizenship requirements.

General eligibility criteria for all NRF postdoctoral fellowships

  • Applicants must have obtained their doctoral degrees within four (4) years of submitting an application to the NRF.
  • Applicants who are currently completing their doctoral thesis for submission may apply; however, they should complete their doctoral degree by 31 December 2023.
  • Applicants applying for a second NRF postdoctoral research placement to continue with research on the same project are not eligible.
  • Applicants applying for a second NRF postdoctoral research placement will be eligible if they intend to undertake research on a new project.
  • Applicants applying for a third NRF postdoctoral research placement are not eligible.
  • Full-time employees of higher education institutions (HEIs) or other research institutions are only eligible to apply if they intend to take unpaid leave for the duration of the postdoctoral fellowship.

Applicants must apply on the NRF online submission system here

For more information pertaining to this call, please refer to the attached Framework and Application documents.

Contact me:

Mandy Jampies
UFS Postdoctoral Fellow Coordinator
T: +27 51 401 9725

Johannes Brill Building, First Floor, Bloemfontein Campus

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