UCT and QMUL Postdoctoral Fellowship in South Africa, 2018

University of Cape Town Scholarships

Scholarship Description: UCT and QMUL are inviting applications for Postdoctoral Fellowship in criminology, environmental security, violence prevention and/or safety governance starting in 2018. The application is open to candidates of any nationality but a preference will be given to Black South Africans.

About University: The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is jointly the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa alongside Stellenbosch.

Degree Level: Fellowships are available to pursue Postdoctoral programme.

Available Subject: Fellowships are awarded in criminology, environmental security, violence prevention and/or safety governance. UCT and QMUL invite applications from suitably qualified candidates for the postdoctoral research fellowship. The successful candidate will be expected to work within and support the research activities of a programme, which has as its key objective the development of multi-disciplinary research on safety governance and justice widely conceived, specifically within any of the following thematic areas:

  • Policing, private security, community justice, and related topics
  • Environmental security (with a focus on illegal economies that support the trade in endangered species)
  • Violence and/or crime prevention
  • Promotion of safe cities and communities (with a focus on models of safety)

Scholarship Benefits: The value of the fellowship is ZAR 200,000, funded by QMUL and tenable for one year. It is anticipated that successful applicants will be able to apply on a competitive basis for research expenses and travel support. Note: The fellowship is compliant with SARS policies and is therefore exempt from taxation.

Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • Applicants should have a PhD awarded within the previous five years in a relevant academic discipline, such as Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, and Law, Psychology or other related disciplines
  • Application is open to candidates of any nationality but a preference will be given to Black South Africans
  • Applicants may not previously (since achieving the PhD) have held fulltime professional or academic posts
  • Applicants should not hold simultaneous fellowships from other institutions
  • No benefits or travel allowances are included in the value of the fellowship
  • The successful incumbent will be required to register as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town immediately and to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures, and practices for the postdoctoral sector
  • As part of his/her professional development, the successful candidate may be required to participate in a limited capacity in departmental activities, such as teaching, student supervision, etc.
  • Applicants should have an interest in working as part of a team and will be expected to publish a minimum of two publication units per annum in DHET/ISI/IBSS accredited journals
  • QMUL will support applicants also wanting to spend time at QMUL as a visiting scholar with a contribution towards their accommodation expenses.

Eligible Nationalities: Application is open to candidates of any nationality but a preference will be given to Black South Africans.

Application Procedure: Complete applications, including transcripts, letters etc. should be sent to Liesel.collins-at-uct.ac.za by the 31 October 2017 Electronic submissions is preferred.

  • Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications
  • A motivation letter in which the areas of expertise, research interests and future intentions of the applicant are described
  • Certified copies of all academic transcripts
  • An example of recent, original, non-professionally edited, written work such as a thesis chapter
  • Contact details for 2 proposed referees who have been directly involved in the doctoral and/or previous postdoctoral research of the applicant.

Deadline: Fellowship application deadline is October 31, 2017.

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