DST/NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at University of Cape Town in South Africa, 2018

DST/NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at University of Cape Town in South Africa, 2018

DST/NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at University of Cape Town in South Africa, 2018

DST/NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at University of Cape Town in South Africa, 2018

Applications are invited for the postdoctoral studies fellowship on the Department of Commercial Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa. These postdoctoral fellowships are open to all nationalities.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public studies college positioned in Cape Town within the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is jointly the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa along Stellenbosch.

Applicants have to exhibit appropriate organizational and management abilities; and wonderfully written and oral communication skills.

Scholarship Description:

  • Applications Deadline: October 15, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowship is available to study Postdoctoral research programme.
  • Study Subject: The successful candidate must be capable of participating in the Chair’s research focus areas of intellectual property and innovation, within the context of South Africa’s National Development Plan.
  • Scholarship Award: The tenure of the fellowship is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year subject to satisfactory progress. The value of the fellowship for 2019 is R220,000. The fellowship does not include benefits or travel/relocation costs but the Chair will assist the fellow to seek funding for conference expenses, where required. The release of funds is dependent on satisfactory progress reported. The fellow’s performance will be evaluated formally per semester, for which purpose the submission of progress reports will be required in June and October.
  • Nationality: Postdoctoral fellowships are open to all nationalities.
  • Number of Scholarships: The University of Cape Town has one postdoctoral fellowship and four bursaries for PhD and LLM students available for 2019, for which applications are invited.
  • Scholarship can be taken in South Africa

Eligibility for the Scholarship: 

Eligible Countries: Postdoctoral fellowships are open to all nationalities.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must:

  • Hold a PhD in Intellectual Property Law, or a related field, awarded within the last five years; or must provide proof that their PhD examination process will be successfully completed by the time the fellowship is taken up, and no later than December 2018.
  • Provide evidence of strong scholarly performance (e.g. publications, participation in research projects, networks, conference presentations)
  • Demonstrate willingness and ability to be both a team player and a team leader, and conduct research in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Demonstrate good organizational and management skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Satisfy the relevant NRF criteria and comply with its rules and guidelines

Postdoctoral fellowships are open to all nationalities. Preference will be given to South African citizens and South African permanent residents, followed by African citizens and, finally, to other foreign nationals

English Language Requirements: Applicants must demonstrate good organizational and management skills; and excellent written and oral communication skills.


Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: Applications should be sent to SARChI-IP-at-uct.ac.za and should include:

  1. The applicant’s full curriculum vitae and list of publications
  2. The names and contact details of at least two academics who have taught, supervised or worked alongside the applicant, who should also be requested to submit their confidential reports to SARChI-IP-at-uct.ac.za by the closing date
  3. Certified copies of all academic transcripts and degree certificates
  4. A specimen of the applicant’s writing, such as a journal article already published/accepted for publication or a chapter from the applicant’s doctoral thesis
  5. A proposal of the coherent body of research to emanate from the fellowship, indicating the overarching research pursuit, and the work plan that will result in the required number of publications, with potential topics. The Chair will consider only eligible and complete applications, submitted on or before 15 October 2018. The University reserves the right to disqualify ineligible and/ or incomplete applications and to change the conditions of the award and/or to make no awards at all.

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