The NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

BackgroundThe NRF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship aims to support Postdoctoral fellows in SET and SSH, and encourages them to spread their sphere of influence and learning by committing to projects at institutions other than those from where they graduated. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, taking the applicants' academic achievements and potential as researchers into account. Target groups

  • Young, talented post-doctoral fellows of all nationalities for full-time research at institutions in South Africa
  • Exceptional doctoral graduates who received their doctoral degrees in the last five years


  • To maintain and increase the quality of highly-qualified postdoctoral fellows
  • To increase the number and mobility of postdoctoral fellows especially from designated groups
  • To encourage the academic-industry cooperative research among postdoctoral fellows