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 Virtual Conference Participation Grants

Applications are open for virtual conference participation ONLY.

These awards intend to provide opportunities for Postdoctoral Research Fellows researchers who are registered 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 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. These awards replace the Postdoctoral Conference Travel Grants available when travel was not restricted, as it is currently.

Conference registration fees will be considered to participate in virtual conferences up to the end of March 2022. Please ensure your application, including complete required documentation is submitted by at least a month prior to the conference date such that approval and processing can be managed timeously. 

Value: Virtual conference registration fee up to a maximum of R10,000
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