Mandela University Council Fellowships

- Kindly note that the call for funding in 2024 is closed. The call for funding in 2025 is not yet open.

Department-funded Fellowships

- Please check back for upcoming opportunities.


- lists the major funding opportunities available for postgraduate studies. Some of the funding opportunities are administered by the Office of Research Development. Other opportunities are administered by external bodies and fellows are encouraged to visit the websites provided. RD encourages fellows to regularly check their emails for updates on available postdoctoral opportunities.

Opportunities are also posted on the RD Facebook page.


- Thuso Resources is a national toolbox of help (thuso) resources for early career researchers and scholars, developed in response to nation-wide studies which showed a need for this support platform. In the interest of collaboratively building strengths, South African universities have shared instruments, resources, and training offerings on this platform to inform and assist early career researchers and scholars in their career development.

South African Radio Astronomy Observatory Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2025

- The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for three postdoctoral fellowships, commencing in 2025.

NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills (FISS) Postdoctoral Fellowships

- aimed at providing a comprehensive training, development, and mentorship programme for the establishment of an independent researcher involved in engaged research.