Research Chairs

Calls for SARChI Research Chairs

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It is important for South Africa to increase the number of highly skilled individuals – particularly in science, engineering, and technology – to achieve the goal of “an equitable, sustainable, and inclusive growth path that brings decent work and sustainable livelihoods, education, health, safe and secure communities, and rural development”.

In 2006, the Department of Science and Technology established the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI). Managed by the NRF, this funding instrument is a strategic intervention of the South African government designed to attract and retain excellence in research and innovation at South African universities.

The SARChI Research Chairs are aimed at

  • increasing scientific research capacity through the development of human capacity;
  • stimulating the generation of new knowledge;
  • supporting the realisation of South Africa’s transformation into a knowledge economy in which the generation of knowledge translates into socio-economic benefits; and
  • significantly expanding the scientific research base of South Africa in a way that supports implementation of the national research and development policies.

Access more information about the NRF SARChI Research Chairs here, including:

  • Funding
  • List of Research Chairs
  • Documents

The UFS has five tier-1 SARChI research chairs and one tier-2 SARChI research chair. These include:

Prof Hendrik Swart
First cycle: 2013-2017
Second cycle: 2018-2022
Third cycle: 2023-2027


Solid State Luminescent and Advanced Materials

Prof Melanie Walker
First cycle: 2013-2017
Second cycle: 2018-2022
Third cycle: 2023-2027


Higher Education and Human Development

Prof Maryke Labuschagne
Plant Science
First cycle: 2016-2020
Second cycle: 2021-2025


Disease Resistance and Quality in Field Crops

Prof Felicity Burt
Medical Microbiology
First cycle: 2016-2020
Second cycle: 2021-2025


Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Pathogens

Prof Carolina Pohl-Albertyn
Microbial Biochemical and Food Biotechnology
First cycle: 2018-2023
Second cycle: 2024-2028


Pathogenic Yeasts

Prof Ivan Turok
NRF/SA Cities Network Research Chair
First cycle: 2020-2024


Strengthening Urban Economies: People, Place, Production and Policy

Contact me

Eleanor van der Westhuizen
Assistant Director: Grants Management
T: +27 51 401 7077

Johannes Brill Building, First Floor, Bloemfontein Campus

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