The University of the Witwatersrand is a highly ranked research intensive university working across a wide range of knowledge fields.
It has five faculties that focus on the Humanities (including the Social Sciences); Commerce, Law and Management; Engineering and the Built Environment; Health Sciences and Science. Research intensity comes from a cross cutting focus on research activities. Consequently, the University encourages postdoctoral research and therefore offers a large number of Postdoctoral Fellowships annually. Currently, Wits is implementing a plan to grow its research intensity and part of this plan is to grow the number of Postdoctoral Fellows.
Besides boosting the research output of the University the purpose of a Postdoctoral Fellowship is to assist with the professional development of recent PhD graduates preparing them for an academic career. To some extent it can be considered as a two year academic ‘apprenticeship’ or internship. While undertaking the internship the Postdoctoral Fellow will undertake independent research as well as participate in the academic activities of the hosting School.