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Smuts Memorial Botanical Postdoctoral Fellowships in South Africa, 2018


Scholarship Description: The University of Cape Town is offering Smuts Memorial Botanical Postdoctoral Fellowships. The research to be conducted by the Fellow will be under the general supervision of the Head of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town, and the Director of Research, South African National Botanical Institute, Kirstenbosch.

The object of the Fellowship is to enable a person who has exhibited proficiency in independent research to undertake study and research in systematic botany and geographical distribution of South African flora, these being the branches of Botany in which General Smuts was most keenly interested.

Scholarship Provider: The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa.

If English is not your first language then you will need to show that your English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.

Degree Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing postdoctoral programme.

Available Subject: Scholarships are awarded at the Department of Biological Sciences.

Scholarship Benefits: Up To R190 000 for 12 months. The award does not include any benefits and is normally exempt from taxation

Eligible Nationalities: Citizens of South Africa are eligible to apply.

Eligibility Criteria: The fellowship is open to any eligible person, South African or otherwise, who is capable of carrying out its objective and materially advancing the knowledge of the South African flora. Possession of a PhD degree which has been obtained no more than five years ago is a minimum requirement. Eligible candidates may not have previously held any academic or professional permanent positions.

Application Procedure:   

Applications must include the following:
1. Research Proposal (maximum 5000 words).
2. The applicant’s full curriculum vitae and list of publications.
3. Three reports from referees. The referees must be requested to email the references directly to the head of
department at the email address shown below.
4. Certified copies of all academic transcripts and degree certificates.
5. Written endorsement by the host (principal investigator; normally a permanent staff at UCT or SANBI) of the
proposed project. To be emailed directly to the head of department.

Applications must be submitted electronically to the Head of Department, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town

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Deadline: October 12, 2018

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