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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Gender and Africa Studies (1-year contract, renewable up to 3 years) (Job ID: 5771)

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The University of the Free State (UFS) invites applications from qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies.

Faculty of The Humanities

Centre for Gender and Africa Studies

Bloemfontein Campus

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (1-year contract, renewable up to 3 years) (Job ID: 5771)

The University of the Free State (UFS) invites applications from qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies. Candidates interested in pursuing an academic career in gender/Africa studies, with special research interest in decolonization/decoloniality and epistemologies of the global South, are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship will enable an outstanding doctoral graduate to obtain experience of research and innovation at a higher education institution under the mentorship of established researchers and specialists. The fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account the applicant's academic achievements, publication outputs and research potential, as well as the relevance of prior experience and expertise. The fellowship is available for a period of one year, renewable for up to three years subject to satisfactory performance.

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Conduct innovative interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research in global South with a focus on gender/Africa Studies using the decolonial lens.
  • Author/co-author at least three (3) publication outputs per year in the form of DHET- accredited scholarly journal articles or books/chapters in books.
  • The renewal of the fellowship beyond the first year depends on satisfactory performance and the submission of an annual progress report.
  • Initiate projects and seek funding for them.
  • Register and reside as postdoctoral research fellow at the UFS and participate in relevant activities of the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies, Centre for Graduate Support, and the Directorate of Research.
Eligibility requirements:
  • Open to all South African and foreign nationals for full-time research at the University of the Free State.
  • Graduated with a PhD degree within the last 5 years.
  • Must hold a PhD in decolonization/decoloniality and epistemologies of the global South or related field.
  • Successful applicant may not hold full-time salaried employment during the fellowship.
  • Successful applicants must be able to relocate to the UFS for the duration of the fellowship. This is a residential fellowship: the successful applicant is required to spend 80% of her/his postdoctoral period at the UFS.
Value of the fellowship:
  • R 270 000 annual fellowship
  • R 30 000 additional research expenses fund
To apply, please email the following documentation by 22 June 2024 to
  • Motivational letter, including a 1-2-page outline of relevant expertise and experience.
  • Full CV including a list of research publications, conference papers and other scholarly output.
  • Full transcripts of academic record and copy of doctoral degree certificate, certified within the last two months.
  • Copy of PhD thesis or sample publications.
  • Copy of ID document (or copy of passport in the case of foreign applicants).
  • Contact details of two academic referees who have taught/supervised the candidate and one professional reference.

Closing date: 22 June 2024

Commencement of fellowship: 2 January 2025

For enquiries, please contact:
Portia Gailele at or +27 (0)51 401 3121

The UFS is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups including candidates with disabilities. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at: Plan UFS 1 March 2022 (003).pdf

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Applications that are incomplete will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

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