2013 Prestige Postdoctoral Fellowships: Water Cluster in the University of the Free State, South Africa


Prestige Postdoctoral Fellowships

School:University of the Free State/ South Africa

Level: Postdoctoral Fellowships


Deadline:18 September 2012.

Beneficiaries:International Students; South Africans included

Benefits :

  • Prestige Postdoctoral Research Fellowships are offered R250,000.00 per annum for a maximum of two (2) years, to the most accomplished young and emerging researchers in the country.


  • The University of the Free State is seeking exceptional research fellows to conduct full-time postdoctoral research within the research Focus Areas of Water management in Water-scarce areas.

General considerations for selection

  • Proposed research of successful applicants will address the overall theme of a Cluster, within one of the Focus Areas of that Cluster.
  • Successful applicants will demonstrate exceptional academic performance and intellectual potential.
  • The selected cohort will reflect the University’s equity and diversity imperatives, including those for gender, racial/cultural and intellectual diversity.
  • Successful applicants will demonstrate potential to contribute to the creation of knowledge in their future academic career, including person-embodied knowledge in the form of postgraduate research supervision.

Selection criteria and contact details per Cluster are available

Selection process

  • The selection process will consist of: Basic paper application screening Shortlist selection by relevant Cluster management Institutional panel interviews

Application details

  • Applicants must submit the following application package:
  • Completed application form and checklist
  • Motivation letter, articulating the applicant’s career ambitions and scholarly orientation/ motivation, as well as details of her/his major scholarly/ academic accomplishments to date
  • Full Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Abbreviated CV (2 pages max)
  • Short research proposal detailing the proposed postdoctoral research (NOTE: The format, clarity and content of your proposal will serve as an indicator of your ability to conceptualise and plan research, and must include a clear indication of how your proposed research will address the overall theme of the Cluster and Focus Area which you are applying for.)
  • Shortlist candidates will be notified should they be required to submit a full research proposal prior to their interviews.
  • Full transcripts of academic record
  • Copy of ID document (copy of passport in the case of non-South African applicants)
  • Signed letters of recommendation from three academic references, including Doctoral promoter (on a letterhead, including full contact details of the reference)
  • Optional: Signed letter of recommendation from current employer (on a letterhead, including full contact details of the reference)
  • Applications must be submitted electronically AND via normal post/ courier to Mrs Eleanor van der Westhuizen.
  • Download the application form
  • Electronic submissions (email or facsimile) must reach email vdwesthd@@ufs.ac.za OR fax number +27 (0)51 401 2096 by 18 September 2012.
  • Original or notarised/ certified hardcopies of all documentation must reach either of the following addresses by 18 September 2012.
  • Postal Address: 
Attention of Mrs Eleanor van der Westhuizen / Ref: Cluster Prestige Fellowship Application
Directorate Research Development - Steyn Annex310
University of the Free State
PO Box 339
Bloemfontein 9300
South Africa
  • Physical delivery/ courier address:
Attention of Mrs Eleanor van der Westhuizen / Ref: Cluster Prestige Fellowship Application
Room 310
President Steyn Annex Building
Senate Street North
University of the Free State Bloemfontein Campus
South Africa
  • Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline dates will not be considered.

For more Information, please visit:

For informal enquiries, please contact:

  • Contact Mrs Eleanor van der Westhuizen at telephone +27 (0)51 401 7077 or email vdwesthd@ufs.ac.za

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