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Postdoctoral Fellowship

The DSI-NRF Centre for Excellence in Human Development seeks to appoint several full-time postdoctoral researchers

Human development involves the processes, on an individual and social level, towards fulfilment, not only of basic needs but of values including freedom, security, achievement and belonging. From early child development to transforming our society, the study of human development puts people at the centre stage of our national concerns. It requires a multi- and interdisciplinary approach, across social, psychological and biological disciplines and practice.

This programme fellowship aims to develop postdocs to senior researcher level within 2 years. All fellowships will involve mentoring, academic writing, project planning/implementation, data analyses and career strategy formulation.

The successful candidates will work closely with Professor Shane Norris and Dr Khuthala Mabetha as programme mentors.

Fellowship details
  • South African nationality candidates are eligible.
  • Social sciences, epidemiology, and health sciences.
  • Skills and experience with quantitative and/or qualitative methods and strong statistical experience will be an advantage.
  • Candidates should demonstrate collegiality and willingness to work as part of a peer team.
  • Track record of publication will be an advantage.
  • Johannesburg-based in person.
  •  The postdoctoral fellowship is tax-free for a total of 2 years.
  • Completion of PhD is a pre-requisite. 

Submission deadline: 10 January 2024

Applicants are requested to submit the following documents
  1. Copy of your South African ID book.
  2. Copies of your qualifications and academic transcript.
  3. Cover letter detailing why you wish to join such a programme.
  4. Only applications that include the above requirements will be considered
Contact details

Applicants should submit their documents and direct their enquires to Dr Khuthala Mabetha; email:, using the subject heading: “CoE-Human: Application postdoctoral fellowship”.