The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF) offer research fellowships for South African students. The Research Career Advancement Fellowships are aimed at providing support for the training of individuals for research leadership in all areas of science,engineering, technology and mathematical sciences at public universities in South Africa. The fellowship covers taxable salary of R350 000 per annum and a grant of up to R100 000 per annum for research running and travel expenses.
About Scholarship: The subject of career pathing for emerging researchers and in particular postdoctoral researchers has been receiving a great degree of attention over the past decade. In most developed economies, and in some emerging economy countries, the attention is in response to reduced academic employment opportunities for postdoctoral fellows as an outcome of the rise in numbers of doctoral and postdoctoral fellows without the corresponding rise in the number of available academic positions. In South Africa, the situation is exacerbated by the dearth of research positions for emerging researchers and limited number of academics who can serve as mentors within the South African research environment. The South African government is committed to the transformation of the research cohort both in terms of the training of highly skilled individuals and improving the demographic profile of academics at higher education institutions, with respect to age, race, gender and persons with disabilities.
Study: The Research Career Advancement Fellowships are aimed at providing support for the training of individuals for research leadership in all areas of science,engineering, technology and mathematical sciences (STEM) at public universities.
Course Level: The fellowships are available for pursuing research programme.
Scholarship by: The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF)
Location: South Africa
Eligibility: Applicants must:
-Be South African citizens or in possession of South African permanent residency
-Have obtained a research doctorate;
-Have a minimum of two years of post-doctoral research experience;
-Have demonstrated research outputs emanating from their doctoral and postdoctoral research activities. These include articles published in peer reviewed journals;
-Must apply for the Research Career Advancement Fellowship within eight (8)
years of obtaining a research doctorate.
Scholarship Open for: The students of South Africa can apply for the research fellowships.
Duration: Fellowship is offered for full-time research for a period of five years.
Value: For the 2014 academic year, the fellowship shall provide for a taxable salary of R350 000 per annum and a grant of up to R100 000 per annum for research running and travel expenses.
Selection criteria: Priority will be given to applicants with access to research infrastructure and mentor ship or those linked to existing research groups at higher education institutions, public research institutions and science councils.
Deadline: 31 October 2013
Further Information: http://www.nrf.ac.za/funding_overview.php?fid=216