Post-doctoral research fellowships

  • Do you have a PhD in public health, medicine, nursing and/or social sciences?
  • Are you looking for a post-doctoral fellowship in public health?
  • Does the thought of spending time at a leading South African university appeal to you?
  • Are you highly motivated, ambitious and driven by a passion for health equity and social justice?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are the person we are looking for.

The Wits School of Public Health (WSPH) invites applications for post-doctoral research fellowships to participate in a large multi-year research programme to support district health system development and health sector transformation in South Africa. The fellowship targets doctoral graduates with a desire for an academic career in teaching and research.

The overall goal of the postdoctoral fellowship is to support the career development of emerging epidemiologists, public health, health policy and systems, medicine or nursing scholars/ researchers, the retention of PhD graduates in academia and the enhancement of the capacity of the WSPH. The successful candidate will work closely with a senior academic with similar research interests. 


Applicants must have:

  1. Obtained a PhD in the last five years in any suitable field, such as public health, medicine, nursing, therapeutic sciences or relevant social sciences;
  2. Research experience in public health, health policy and systems, health, measurement or social sciences;
  3. Demonstrate evidence of robust scholarly performance including a relevant publications record;
  4. Demonstrate English language proficiency, good conceptual and writing skills.

The incumbent will also be expected to participate in limited student teaching or tutoring support as part of professional development. The fellowship is tenable for one year. Renewals are not guaranteed, but will be considered for a second year depending on good academic performance and availability of funds.

Application Process

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. A letter of application, containing a brief motivation for the post-doctoral fellowship and summarising the applicant’s research interests and areas of expertise
  2. A detailed curriculum vitae highlighting academic qualifications, work experience and list of publications and conference presentations
  3. A five-page proposal: outlining the proposed research to be done within the thematic research area highlighted above or related to the current research areas of the WSPH. The proposal should also outline the envisaged contribution of the applicant and the value of their work to the WSPH. 
  4. Copies of certified academic transcripts, including those pertaining to both the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
  5. Names and contact details or letters of reference from at least three referees (inclusive of two academics that have taught, supervised or worked alongside the applicant).


The value of the post-doctoral fellowship is between R180 000–R240 000 per annum (tax free). The University will also provide medical aid (health insurance) cover to the value of R 15 700 per annum.


Logistics of application: Mrs Philisiwe Tshabalala, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, 7 York Road, Parktown, 2193. Tel: +27(0)11 717-2337 or email:

Academic issues: Professor Laetitia Rispel on +27 (11) 717 2543 or

Closing date: 26 July 2013

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