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DST Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowships in South Africa, 2015

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is offering innovation postdoctoral fellowships for South African citizens and permanent resident non-South African citizens based at public research institutions in South Africa. 

Fellowship-holders who wish to access the travel grant must complete a travel grant application form provided by their university postgraduate office/research office for consideration by the NRF.

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The Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship funding instrument is part of the Innovation Bursary Scheme (IBS) funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The scheme is managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) through a contractual agreement with the DST.

The National Research and Development Strategy of 2002 identified the need for a new generation of scientists to underpin the central thrust of innovation. In response, the DST commits an annual investment towards the development of postdoctoral fellows under the program called the Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Brief Description

University or Organization: National Research and Development Strategy
Department: NA
Course Level: Postdoctoral research program
Award: Varies
Access Mode: Online
Number of Awards: NA
Nationality: South African and non-South African citizens
The program can be taken in South Africa
Application Deadline: Closed

Eligibility

  • Fellowships are open to only bonafide South African citizens or permanent residents.
  • 30% of recipients may be foreign citizens including applicants from the SADC region 
  • Applicants should have obtained their Ph.D. within the last 5 years. 
  • Full time employees of Higher Education Institutions are not eligible to apply. 
  • All NRF scholarships awards should be held as primary funding towards the research study. 
  • Fellowship-holders are allowed to hold non- binding supplementary grants or emoluments to half the value of the NRF award or should the host university have an institutional capped value, the award can be supplemented to the university capped value for the level of study. 
  • Fellowship- holders will be allowed to undertake a maximum of 12 hours of teaching, tutorials, assistance or demonstration duties per week on average during the year of study and may be remunerated for these duties, provided that they are reimbursed at a rate not exceeding the standard institution’s tariff for services rendered.
  • Fellowships are awarded in following fields: Biotechnology, Cellular, and Molecular Biology, Engineering, Computer science, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematical Sciences, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Ecology and Medical Sciences. Fellows pursuing research in Social Sciences and Humanities are also supported.
  • South African and non-South African citizens can apply for these postdoctoral fellowships.

How to Apply

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Benefit

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships will cover the value of the award is R305 000 which includes R255 000 stipend for living expenses, R50 000 contribution towards research costs.
  • In addition, fellows may apply for a travel grant and the values are R25 000 for local travel allowance and up to R50 000 allowance for international travel. 
  • Fellowship-holders who wish to access the travel grant must complete a travel grant application form provided by their university postgraduate office/research office for consideration by the NRF.

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