Post-Doctoral Fellowships



In 2017, the Australia Awards – Africa program will pilot a number of Post-Doctoral Fellowships through the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN), with a view to scaling up and offering post-docs to other selected countries in future. The pilot will initially be open to Eligible Applicants affiliated to South African Universities that are members of the AAUN.


During the pilot phase, the Post-Doctoral Fellowship provides financial support for African academics affiliated to a South African university and engaged in research activity. Fellowships will be up to two years in total, comprised of research components in both Australia and South Africa but limited to 12 months in Australia. The Australian component of the award will be fully funded by the Australia Awards – Africa Program.


In the pilot phase, the Post-Doctoral Fellowship program seeks to:

  • develop on-going educational, research and professional links between individuals and universities in Australia and South Africa in the areas of Science and Technology, Agricultural Productivity and/or Health;
  • provide opportunities for high achieving academics to improve their research skills and contribute to developmental outcomes in Africa.
  • contribute to Australia’s position as a high quality education and training provider and a leader in research and innovation
  • contribute to the research capacity of South African tertiary institutions

Australia Awards – Africa is a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) funded initiative designed to equip Africans with the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to sustainable economic and social development outcomes of their own countries; and to build the long-term, sustainable links with Australia. Australia Awards – Africa provides a mix of scholarships and short courses to Africans in the public, civil society and private sectors in targeted disciplines that support the home countries’ developmental priorities.



Eligibility Criteria

A candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of an eligible African countries as outlined in the table in Annex 2 of the Post-Doctoral Fellowships Guidelines 
  • Must be living in South Africa
  • Must be affiliated to their home institution in South Africa in an academic/research capacity
  • Be at least 25 and not more than 50 years of age at the date of application
  • Home and Host Institutions must be members of the Australia Africa Universities Network
  • Not be a citizen of Australia, hold permanent residency in Australia or be applying for a visa to live in Australia permanently
  • Must not be married, engaged to, or a de facto of a person who holds, or is eligible to hold, Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency, at any time during the application, selection or mobilisation phases
  • be able to satisfy all requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to hold a Training and Research Visa (subclass 402) visa. This may mean that DFAT will need to withdraw an Award offer if the Awardee cannot satisfy the visa requirements
  • Have been conferred a PhD
  • Field of research must be aligned to Science & Technology, Agricultural Productivity and/or Health
  • Must have a letter of support from their home institution that outlines their agreement to the Fellowship, Annex 4 of the Post-Doctoral Fellowships Guidelines 
  • Must have a letter of invitation from the Host Institution in Australia, outlining their commitment to the Fellowship, Annex 4 of the Post Doctoral Fellowships Guidelines
  • Must be able to commence their program in the academic year 2017



How to Apply



Steps required to apply for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship


Step 1 Read the Post-Doctoral Fellowships Guidelines to gain an understanding of the program and what is required for an application
Step 2 Review and ensure the minimum eligibility requirements outlined in the Post-Doctoral Fellowships are met
Step 3 Read the contract you will be required to sign, (see Annex 5 of the Post-Doctoral Fellowships, and ensure that these can be agreed to within seven days of an offer being granted. If the offer is not accepted within this period, the offer may be withdrawn
Step 4 If all conditions and eligibility are met, obtain an Application Form from Post-Doctoral Fellowships which will outline the steps required to successfully submit an application
Step 5 Finalise and submit an application. Once an application has been successfully submitted an email acknowledging the receipt of the application will be sent to the email address provided. Once an application has been submitted, no further changes (including addition of documents) can be made


Note: Hard copy applications will not be accepted.  Applications must be scanned or sent as PDF files and submitted to Applications close 28 February 2017.