Postdoctoral research fellowships

Fellowships offered

Type of Fellowship Process Enquiries
Departmental Fellowships

As of 2020 departmental fund administrators are required to process all awards via PeopleSoft.

Please see Departmental Process flow

Please note admin forms PG014, PG015 and PG016 have been discontinued
Email the PGFO Departmental Awards Area:
University Research Committee (URC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships The call for the 2022 URC Postdoctoral Research fellowships has closed. The 2023 call will open during July/August 2022. Email the Postdoctoral  Administration Area:
National Research Foundation (NRF)

Postdoctoral research fellowships offered by the National Research Foundation (NRF)

Framework for NRF Free-standing, Innovation and Scarce Skills 
Email the PGFO NRF Funding Administration Area:
NRF Grantholder Linked Grantholder - Nomination via the NRF Online Submission System is required for continuing funding, once PDRF has been registered and/or re-activated on system for the specific year. Email the PGFO NRF Funding Administration Area:
Postdoctoral Conference Travel Grants

The intention of these awards is to provide opportunities for Postdoctoral Research Fellows researchers who are enrolled for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year of postdoctoral research at UCT.  Fourth and Fifth-year applicants will only be considered with strong motivation and under exceptional circumstances. (E.g., extensive research work required before research may be presented.) These Travel Grants are available, via competitive application, towards the costs of travel, conference registration and subsistenceUCT Postdoctoral Conference Travel Grants are not full-cost and are intended to provide a contribution towards the full cost of international or local travel*. A Postdoctoral Fellow may apply for the virtual conference and in-person conference in a calendar year but the total maximum allocation for both will not be >R20 000 per Fellow (i.e. if conference 1 was awarded R10 000, then conference 2 may be awarded up to a max of R10 000). Fellows should not use the same/similar abstract for two conferences – ideally, they should address separate research topics (which could be linked but present different aspects of the topic).

Download Applications for both virtual conference participation and In-person conferences here


These Virtual Conference Participation Grants are available, via competitive application, towards the costs of the online conference registration fee in order to participate actively, share and present their research.

Conference registration fees will be considered to participate in virtual conferences throughout 2022. Please ensure your application, including complete required documentation is submitted at least two months prior to the conference date such that approval and processing can be managed timeously on a rolling basis. Not all applications will be automatically approved as there is limited budget.

There are two windows during which applications may be submitted. You may certainly work on applications outside of these window periods but the on-line portal for submission will only be open during these window periods.

  • The first window for submitting applications is between 19 January 2022 and 9 March 2022.  This closing date may suit PDRFs applying to travel between April and September 2022.
  • The 2nd window for submitting applications is between 1st July and 31st August 2022 which may suit PDRFs wishing to travel between October 2022 and March 2023.

The Selection Committee meets in March and September
Local Conferences - Up to a maximum of R10000
International Conferences - Up to a maximum of R20,000

For more information please contact the Postdoctoral Administration Area:

For more information on these please consult Section 6 of the Financial assistance for postgraduate study & postdoctoral research booklet.

For more information, please contact the Postdoctoral Administration on