Call for Application: Postdoctoral and Postgraduate Funding Opportunities in 'Law, Equality and Social Justice', Wits School of Law

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June 4, 2021

NRF SARChI Chair in Equality, Law and Social Justice

Postdoctoral and Postgraduate Funding Opportunities in 'Law, Equality and Social Justice'

The NRF funded South African Research Chair in ‘Law, Equality and Social Justice’, based at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships and postgraduate bursaries in the broad field of equality, law, rights and social justice to commence in 2022. NRF PhD and LLM bursaries 2022 Applications are invited for PhD and LLM bursaries in equality, public law, human rights and social justice. The value of the NRF PhD bursary in 2022 is R120 000.00 (general funding) or R160 000.00 (means tested funding) which should be held as primary funding towards the degree. Applicants should intend to study full-time at Wits University, under the supervision of the Chair, and be South African (preferably) or from other African countries.

To apply, please submit the following documents:

  • a covering letter stating why you are interested in the bursary and your field of study
  • A summary research proposal of one to two pages
  • A C.V.
  • Full academic records
  • The contact details of two academic referees

Once you are accepted by the Chair, you will also need to apply to the NRF online. Details will be provided.

Closing date: 20 June 2021

NRF Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022

Applications are invited for postdoctoral fellowships for an initial period of twelve months. Successful applicants may be renewed for a second year. The value of the fellowship in 2022 is R220 000.00. This is a full-time position and fellows may not hold full-time salaried employment during the tenure of the fellowship, and are expected to be based at the University for at least 80 per cent of the period of the Fellowship. All fellowship awards should be held as primary funding.

Applicants should engage in research in the field of equality, public law, human rights and social justice, broadly construed, and preferably with a South African focus. Successful candidates will be required to publish at least two accredited articles per annum and to contribute to the work of the Chair

Applicants must have completed their doctoral degrees within the last five years and have proven ability in research and writing. South African citizens and permanent residents may apply, as well as outstanding international candidates, who wish to undertake postdoctoral research in South Africa.

To apply, please submit the following documents to claire.joseph@wits.ac.za:

  • a covering letter stating why you are interested in the fellowship
  • A summary research/publications proposal of two pages
  • A C.V.
  • Full academic records 
  • The contact details of two academic referees
  • A short piece of recent written work, or publication.

CLOSING DATE – 30 AUGUST 2021

Enquiries and applications

Enquiries on the scope and content of the research field and fellowship/bursary criteria should be made to Professor Cathi Albertyn (cathi.albertyn@wits.ac.za).

You may also consult the following webpages: On the SARChI Chair, see here.

On the NRF criteria, see here

On Wits Postdoctoral expectations, see here

All applications should be sent to cathi.albertyn@wits.ac.za as soon as possible and by the specified closing dates.

For more information, click here.