The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has identified a key objective linked to the National Research and Development Strategy of 2002, to promote and support research through funding and human capacity development by creating a robust National System of Innovation (NSI) in South Africa. The DST has therefore made available financial support for postdoctoral fellows for 2013 which is managed in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF).The programme supports South African citizens and South African permanent residents undertaking research on a full-time basis at publicly funded South African Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) and Science Councils. The objectives of the Innovation programme are to: -Contribute towards the increase in the number and quality of South African post-doctoral fellows within Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) fields of study in South Africa -Build a pipeline of the next generation of SET scientists and researchers in South Africa.
The following eligibility criteria listed below applies: -Fellowships are open to South African citizens and permanent residents for full-time research at publicly funded research institutions in South Africa -Exceptional doctoral graduates who recently received their doctoral degrees within the last five years and who wish to undertake research are encouraged to apply -Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account the applicants’ academic achievements, outputs and research potential. Research outputs weigh heavily in the assessment of the application and applicants are encouraged to ensure a full list of their publications and activities are included when they complete the CV details of the application. The application can be deemed incomplete if a list of research outputs is not included -Fellowships will preferably not be granted to an individual in the same university department immediately after completion of a doctoral degree at that institution. Special consideration will be given to applicants where the individual’s research training and outputs may be enhanced by continuing with postdoctoral research at the same institution or under the same mentor. In such instances the applicant must provide a detailed motivation describing the benefits to the applicant and for advancing innovation -Preference will be given to applicants who obtained their previous degree in the minimum prescribed period. An exception is made for Black (African, Coloured and Indian) students who may have taken an additional year to complete their previous degree -Full- time employees of Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) are not eligible to apply -All NRF fellowship awards should be help as primary funding towards the research study -Fellowships must not be held simultaneously with a fellowship from any other government or NRF source or NRF administered source -Fellowship-holders are allowed to hold non- binding supplementary grants or emoluments to the institutional capped value for the level of study -Fellowship-holders must not hold full-time salaried employment during the tenure of the award -Fellowship-holders will be allowed to undertake a maximum of 12 hours of teaching, tutorials, assistance or demonstrations duties per week on average during the year of study and may be remunerated for these duties, provided that they are reimbursed at a rate not exceeding the normal institution tariff for services rendered.