Postdoctoral fellowship funding

Postdoctoral fellows at CPUT are exceptionally well supported by a wide range of fellowships funded by external organisations and by the University.

They are also offered excellent research facilities, residence accommodation and international affairs assistance. Click here to visit the web pages of the Office of International Affairs.

The fellowship is tenable for one year and renewal for one further year is negotiable but not guaranteed.

Research interests of applicants must be in line with those of the host supervisor and be within the seven focus areas of the RTI blueprint.

Successful applicants will be required to comply with CPUT policies and procedures.

Application deadlines: There are no deadlines
Stipend A tax-free stipend of R120 000 per annum is offered.
Supplementation Fellows are allowed to supplement the stipend by up to two-thirds from other unrelated sources
Research costs Fellows also qualify to apply for R60 000 research running costs. Click here to visit the Research Directorate.
Allowed work Fellows are allowed to work for a maximum of 12 hours per week and the salary is taxable.

Application process

  1. Fellowships can be held in any field of research as stipulated above.
  2. Applicants must contact the intended supervisor.
  3. Applicants must have completed the doctorate in the last 5 years.
  4. Documents required with the application are Certified copy of ID/ Passport, CV with a list of publications, Certified copies of certificates, Proposal of intended programme, Name of intended supervisor, Study permit if applicable.
  5. Successful applicants will be required to publish articles as stipulated by the Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS).
  6. Application letters should be submitted electronically to CPGS at:

Current fellowship opportunities

Closing date
NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019
 11 May 2018


Claude Leon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship In Science, Engineering and Medical Sciences
15 May 2018


South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research (SANCOR)Postdoctoral Fellowships 2018

 17 June 2017

NRF Free-standing, Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2018


Past fellowship opportunities

Opportunity Closing Day Documents
NRF TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship 6 July 2017

Call Guide

Call framework

SANSA Postdoctoral Fellowship 26 April 2017 Call
Claude Leon Foundation Fellowship 15 May 2017 Call
DST-NRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship
1 June 2016
DST-NRF Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowship
1 June 2016
DST-NRF-DHET Scarce-skills Development Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship
1 June 2016
Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award
3 November 2015
NRF TWAS Postdoctoral Fellowship
9 September 2015
NRF Postdoctoral Fellowships
21 August 2015
CPUT Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship
30 May 2015
NRF Freestanding, Scarce Skills and Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship Call for 2015
8 August 2014