Calls for Application

The Future Africa Institute at the University of Pretoria is pleased to invite applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, from doctoral graduates and early-career postdoctoral fellows based at universities in Africa.

The Future Africa Research Leader Fellowship (FAR-LeaF) is a two-year research-oriented fellowship programme, focussed on developing transdisciplinary research and leadership skills, to address the complex, inter-linked challenges of health, well-being, and environmental risks in Africa. The FAR-LeaF programme recognises the value of creating a long-term network of future-focussed science leaders with transdisciplinary research skills, who can address the challenges of a post-Covid-19 society.

Successful applicants to the programme will receive a two-year fellowship, with training on transdisciplinary research approaches, through Future Africa at the University of Pretoria and its partners, and through inclusive co-design of fellows' research projects with relevant role-players. The training and support provided by the FAR-LeaF programme will create opportunities to establish research relationships at diverse African universities, in collaboration with and through mentorship opportunities offered by the University of Pretoria.

The areas of research to be supported in the programme will address complex well-being issues in the health and environmental sciences through a transdisciplinary approach including the social sciences, humanities, and the liberal arts. The programme will strengthen the network of African leadership programmes and initiatives on the African continent, including those supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY).

The FAR-LeaF Programme is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Carnegie Corporation of New York, America's oldest grant making foundation, was established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy.

Key dates:  
1 December 2021 Call for proposals released
7 December 2021 Information webinar available for viewing
7 December 2021 Online application form available
7 January 2022 Closing date for applications
14 January 2022 New closing date for applications
December/January 2022 Adjudication and outcome letters sent to applicants
February 2022 onwards Program begins – dates to be confirmed.