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African Trust Infrastructures International Postdoctoral Fellowships in South Africa

Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research is inviting international students for the African Trust Infrastructures Postdoctoral Fellowships. 

With generous support from Standard Bank, the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research is able to establish this two-year postdoctoral fellowship program. Applicants must be identified as full-time postdoctoral candidates. They must also be willing to work closely with research staff and to participate fully in the intellectual life of the Institute to be eligible for the position.

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The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, established by Deborah Posel in September 2001, is a part of the University of the Witwatersrand, which is a multi-campus South African public research university in Johannesburg. It is known as one of the most influential institutes globally, ranking 244th in Best Global Universities. 

Why choose to study at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research? The Institute has successfully address both a local, popular audience who is interested in the post-Apartheid moment and a large global scholarly network. It has also been shaping global and local audiences with an interest in the pressing political and cultural concerns of the Post-Apartheid and postcolonial era since 2013 after it gained generous support from donors. 

Application Deadline: The applications for this fellowship can be submitted latest by 20th January 2023

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: Postdoctoral
  • Award: Tuition fee 
  • Number of Awards: 3
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Nationality: International and Home
  • The award can be taken in South Africa

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  • Eligible Countries: South African and other overseas candidates can apply.
  • Eligible Course or Subjects: Postdoctoral research study in the Humanities and Social Sciences on the African continent can be undertaken at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research. 
  • Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following/given criteria:
  • The applicants must be outstanding students of a relevant and appropriate discipline. 

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Postdoctoral admission application must be made by logging on to the web portal. Interested students are required to submit a separate fellowship application form.
  • Supporting Documents: The students are required to present the following documents to the university:
  • Complete set of course transcripts for each degree
  • Curriculum Vitae, including the names and contact details of three academic referees.
  • A writing sample of your choice
  • A one-page description of your interest in this subject
  • Admission Requirements: The applicants will be expected to hold at least a master’s degree qualification in a relevant discipline. However, a PhD degree qualification is more likely. 
  • Language Requirement: The students must submit scores of the following English language proficiency tests:
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • CAE – 185


The three fellows selected to be appointed at WISER will be receiving funding for two years on the university’s standard post-doctoral package with, maybe, an additional allowance for travel and research expenses. 

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