Call for Applications: NRF Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Call for Applications: NRF Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowship

The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowship for South African citizens in the field of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, South Africa 2013

Study Subject(s)
:Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and in Social Sciences and Humanities
Course Level:Postdoctoral
Scholarship Provider: The National Research Foundation (NRF)
Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa

:The following eligibility criteria listed below applies:
-Fellowships are open to South African citizens for full-time research at institutions in South African and approved institutions abroad • Outstanding foreign candidates that wish to pursue full-time post-doctoral research in South Africa
-Exceptional doctoral graduates who recently received their doctoral degrees within the last five years and who wish to undertake research are encouraged to apply
-Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account the applicants’ academic achievements, outputs and research potential. Research outputs weigh heavily in the assessment of the application and applicants are encouraged to ensure a full list of their publications and activities are included when they complete the CV details of the application. The application can be deemed incomplete if a list of research outputs is not included
-Fellowship will preferably not be granted to an individual in the same university department immediately after completion of a doctoral degree at that institution. Special consideration will be given to applicants where the individual’s research training and outputs may be enhanced by continuing with postdoctoral research at the same institution or under the same mentor. In such instances the applicant must provide a detailed motivation describing the benefits to the applicant and for advancing innovation
-Applicants must have obtained their previous degree in the minimum prescribed period. An exception is made for Black (African, Coloured and Indian) students who may have taken an additional year to complete their previous degree
-Applicants that are applying for a third round of post-doctoral support are not eligible
-Full- time employees of Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) are not eligible to apply
-All NRF fellowship awards should be help as primary funding towards the research study
-Fellowships must not be held simultaneously with a fellowship from any other government or NRF source or NRF administered source
-Fellowship-holders are allowed to hold non- binding supplementary grants or emoluments to the institutional capped value for the level of study
-Fellowship-holders must not hold full-time salaried employment during the tenure of the award
-Fellowship-holders will be allowed to undertake a maximum of 12 hours of teaching, tutorials, assistance or demonstrations 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 normal institution tariff for services rendered.

Scholarship Open for International Students
: No

Scholarship Description
: The National Research Foundation (NRF) is mandated through an Act of Parliament (Act No.23 of 1998) to support and promote research through funding, human capacity development and the provision of the necessary research facilities, in order to facilitate the creation of knowledge, innovation and development in all fields of the natural and social sciences, humanities and technology, including indigenous knowledge systems. Funding from the NRF parliamentary grant has been made available for postdoctoral research support.The programme supports South African full-time fellows who wish to pursue research at publicly funded South African Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) and Science Councils. A small number of fellowships are also made available for South African fellows who wish to pursue their postdoctoral research on a full-time basis at recognised universities abroad. Outstanding foreign fellows will be considered for full-time research in South Africa.

Value of the Award:
For the 2013 academic year, the fellowship shall be a maximum of R120 000 per annum for
postdoctoral research conducted in South Africa and US$ 16 500 for South African postdoctoral research training abroad.
Successful candidates may apply for a once-off travel grant up to the maximum value of R 5000 which can be used to contribute to the costs of attending local or international conferences or workshops or visit a laboratory during the tenure of the award.

Application procedure:

-Applications must be submitted through an online application process to the National Research Foundation (NRF).
-Applicants can apply for the NRF Free-standing Post-doctoral Fellowship Call for 2013 by accessing the link:
-Register/ Login using your ID number and password.
-Select create new application from the list of existing calls.
-Select the call for which you are applying to: NRF Free-standing Post-doctoral Fellowship Call for 2013
-Remember to complete all sections of the application.
-Please attach the necessary documents in one PDF file in the following order: ID document and certified academic transcripts, doctoral degree certificate (if available).
-Should you not follow the guidelines for attaching the necessary documents your application will not be considered.
-Remember to submit your application on completion.
-Complete applications will go to the host university for verification before being forwarded to the NRF for further processing.
-Incomplete applications will not be considered.
-Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be considered (please refer to call document for details on eligibility for the NRF Free-standing Post-doctoral programme).
-Please contact the university post graduate office or research office if you have any queries.

How to Apply
: By Online
Deadline: 15 September 2012