University Of Free State Intern 2019/2020

UFS: Post Doctoral Research Fellowship 2021

UFS: Post Doctoral Research Fellowship 2021

University Of Free State Intern 2019/2020

UFS: Post Doctoral Research Fellowship 2021

The University of the Free State (UFS) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology. Candidates interested in pursuing an academic or professional career in basic Pharmacology research, with a special research interest in cancer research and drug discovery from Medicinal Plants, are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship will enable an outstanding doctoral graduate to obtain experience of research and innovation at a higher education institution under the mentorship of established researchers. The fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account the applicants’ academic achievements, publication outputs and research potential, as well as the relevance of prior experience and expertise. The fellowship is available for a period of one year, renewable for up to three years subject to satisfactory performance. 

Commencement of fellowship: 1 February 2021


  • Open to all South African and foreign nationals for full-time research at the University if the Free State.
  • Graduated with a PhD degree in a relevant discipline within the last five years Successful applicants may not hold full-time salaried employment during the fellowship
  • Successful applicants must be able to relocate to the UFS for the duration of the fellowship. This is a residential fellowship: the successful applicant is required to spend 80% of her/his postdoctoral period at the UFS.


  • Conduct innovative research in the following areas: African Traditional Medicine, cancer research including in vitro and in vivo experimentations, clinical cancer research, and human genetics.
  • Author/co-author at least two (2) publication outputs per year in the form of DHET– accredited scholarly journal articles or books/chapters in books. The renewal of the fellowship beyond the first year depends on satisfactory performance and the submission of an annual progress report.
  • Initiate projects and seek funding for them Register and reside as postdoctoral research fellow at the UFS and participate in relevant activities of the School of Postgraduate Studies and the Directorate of Research

Value of Fellowship:

  • R 220,000 annual fellowship
  • R 30,000 additional research expenses fund


  • Motivation letter, including a one and half page outline of relevant expertise and experience
  • Full CV including a list of research publications, conference papers and other scholarly output
  • Full transcripts of academic record and copy of doctoral degree certificate
  • Copy of ID document (or copy of passport in the case of foreign applicants)
  • Contact details of two academic referees who have taught/supervised the candidate

Closing date: 18 January 2021

How to apply:

To apply for UFS Post Doctoral Research Fellowship send all documents to:


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