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Apply Now: Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Johannesburg’s IPATC – Shape Africa’s Future Through Innovative Research

Fellowship Overview

The Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is inviting applications for postdoctoral fellowships. These fellowships offer a unique opportunity for scholars to contribute to critical research themes pertinent to the African continent. The fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis, considering the candidate’s academic accomplishments, research potential, and alignment with the specific requirements of the fellowship categories. Successful candidates will primarily engage in remote work.

About the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and IPATC

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a dynamic and cosmopolitan university that is deeply rooted in Africa. UJ is committed to shaping the future through innovation, collaboration in knowledge creation, and striving for global excellence and stature (GES). The Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC) is a premier research institute at UJ, focused on addressing critical issues facing Africa through scholarly dialogue and research.

Fellowship Categories

Postdoctoral fellows will engage in research across a variety of critical themes, including but not limited to:

  1. Technology/Innovation/4IR/Digital Africa
    • Exploring the impacts and potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) on the African continent.
    • Investigating digital innovations and their applications in African contexts.
  2. Public Health/Well-Being/Livelihoods in Africa
    • Addressing pressing public health issues and promoting well-being across the continent.
    • Developing strategies to improve livelihoods and socio-economic conditions.
  3. Africa and Global Governance (G20/BRICS)
    • Analyzing Africa’s role in global governance structures such as the G20 and BRICS.
    • Investigating the impact of global governance on African development.
  4. African Cities/Local Government/Spatial Transformation
    • Studying urbanization, local governance, and spatial transformation in African cities.
    • Proposing solutions to enhance sustainable urban development.

Fellowship Requirements

To be eligible for the fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Comprehensive CV and Cover Letter: Submit a detailed curriculum vitae and a cover letter that includes references.
  • Research Proposal: Outline a research plan that aligns with one of the fellowship categories.
  • Academic Transcripts: Provide transcripts demonstrating academic achievements.
  • Age Requirement: Applicants must be 45 years or younger.
  • Publication Record: Demonstrate the ability to write and publish in accredited peer-reviewed journals.

Responsibilities of Postdoctoral Fellows

  • High-Quality Publications: Commit to producing high-quality research publications.
  • Research Management: Manage a research team and contribute to various research initiatives.
  • Teaching Contribution: Participate in teaching activities as required.
  • Capacity Building Projects: Contribute to related research and capacity building projects at the institute.

Application Process

Interested candidates should send their applications, including all required documents, to Ms. Reshika Dwarika at It is essential to adhere to the application deadline as late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Application Deadline: 30 June 2024

This fellowship represents an exciting opportunity to engage in impactful research and be part of a prestigious institution committed to advancing knowledge and fostering innovation in Africa. Apply now to contribute to UJ’s mission of shaping the future of the continent.

Cite this article as (APA format):

AR Managing Editor (2024). Apply Now: Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Johannesburg’s IPATC – Shape Africa’s Future Through Innovative Research. Retrieved from


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