African Research Fellow, South Africa

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Country : South Africa

Company : Human Sciences Research Council

Applicants must be citizens of an African country other than South Africa, who do not possess citizenship or permanent residence status in South Africa.

Although the HSRC will endeavour to facilitate the process, it will be the candidate’s responsibility to secure a work permit in accordance with South African Government legislation and procedures.

The period of appointment will be between 6 months and 5 years.

Key responsibilities:

  • Co-ordinating and undertaking research projects, leading to the production of scholarly outputs;
  • Identifying research partners and stakeholders who can become part of the unit’s research network;
  • Participating in public debates as part of disseminating project outputs;
  • Formulating grant proposals for major long term research projects;
  • Mentoring and research capacity development of young researchers;
  • Publishing in refereed journals.

    In addition, the successful candidates will possess:

  • Extensive experience and publications in peer-reviewed international journals
  • Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive;
  • A strong user-orientation, based on a commitment to social research that makes a difference;
  • The ability and enthusiasm to engage as a team player in multidisciplinary research, to manage research teams, and to mentor and train their members;
  • A keenness to engage and facilitate stakeholder dialogue
  • An ability and willingness to communicate research findings in an accessible manner to the broader public through the media;
  • Sound computer literacy.

    In your application, please include a letter of motivation, your CV, and the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details), and copies of up to three of your sole or first-authored peer-reviewed publications.

    The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements.

    Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.

    Please submit your application to:

    The Head: Human Resources,

    HSRC, Private Bag X41, Pretoria 0001,

    or hand-deliver it to the HSRC Building, Room 1353, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.

    You may submit your application by e-mail to dfisher [at] ; however a hard copy should be submitted as well.

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that his/her application is received in good order.

    Closing Date: 22 March.

    We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date.

    Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful.

    Only applicants who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their applications.


    A relevant PhD level qualification in social sciences, ideally in economics, economic development, political economy or related subjects.

    Contact Details to apply

    Contact Person: Dr Miriam Altman

    Telephone: 27123022740


    E-mail: dfisher [at]

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