University of Johannesburg (UJ) 2022-2023 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program Worldwide

University of Johannesburg (UJ) 2022-2023 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program Worldwide

UJ Online Application – Applications are now open for the University of Johannesburg (UJ) 2022-2023 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future through innovation and the collaborative pursuit of knowledge, and striving towards global excellence and stature (GES).

UJ has 200 new postdoctoral fellowships for the 2022/2023 period. They are looking for dynamic candidates who are interested in working on innovative solutions to problems related to the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) as well as on ways of exploiting the transformative potential of 4IR technologies in addressing the global Sustainable Development Goals. The call is, however, not limited to these topics.

UJ has performed exceptionally well in various recent global rankings. The QS World University Rankings released on 08 June 2022, ranked UJ second in South Africa and the African continent. This year, UJ was among 1,524 institutions globally that participated in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The scientific impact of UJ’s work was ranked above global averages for s for 12 of the 17 SDGs, with UJ having performed best in SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and I Infrastructure, SDG 3: Good Health and Well Being, and SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. UJ’s most cited work, over the period under assessment, was in SDG 3: Good Health and Well Being, SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, UJ is globally placed in position 16 for SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, position 17 for SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, and position 34 for SDG 1: No Poverty.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis, considering the candidate’s academic achievements, potential as an independent researcher and the las a extent to which s/he meets the requirements of the call. Candidates should approach suitable hosts at WJ in their field of research expertise before applying. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to research productivity and impact in multi disciplinary research involving the multiple academic entities that are aligned to 4IR.

UJ runs an incubation programme through its Technology Transfer Office (TTO).

Successful applicants, with their supervisor(s), will have the opportunity to further their research, innovation and commercialisation ambitions through this and other programmes.


Selection process:

  • Candidates must be available for full-time research at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
  • The doctorate should have been obtained in the last five (5) years. Should the Doctoral degree
    certificate not be available yet, a formal letter from the previous university confirming completion of
    Doctoral degree will be required.
  • Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis, taking the Applicant’s academic achievements
    and a good motivation as researchers into account. Publications weigh heavily in the assessment of
    applications. Applicants are encouraged to ensure that a full list of their publications are included in
    the CV section of the application form.
  • As the fellowship is principally to enable the PDRFs to focus on their research, the fellowship holder
    may not hold full-time salaried employment concurrently with a tenure of fellowship, but may
    undertake a maximum of twelve hours of co-supervision, teaching or assistance to Postgraduate
    students per week on average during the year of fellowship.
  • All awardees will be required to enter into a signed agreement with the University of Johannesburg.
  • Citizenship is not restricted.
  • Foreign Postdoctoral Research Fellows are required to do the necessary translations on their
    qualification records/exam transcripts and obtain (where relevant) SAQA accreditation before
    submitting their applications.
  • All Postdoctoral Research Fellows are required to apply for external funding with the National
    Research Foundation ( and Claude Leon Foundation (
    on acceptance of the fellowship award. They must submit proof of having applied for external funding
    with at least the Vice-Dean: Research in their respective faculties.

Applicants may submit the a completed application form; a copy of a CV; certified copy of a passport/ID;
research proposal; PhD certificate; exam transcripts to the relevant faculty for further consideration.

Application information can be found on

Closing date – The call will remain open until all 200 positions are filled.

Please see the website for more information