Programs in South Africa: Post-doctoral

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends approximately 800 scholars and professionals per year abroad, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Candidates must be U.S. citizens and hold a Ph.D. or equivalent.

Agencies Involved: The Fulbright Program, United States Department of State, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

Key Dates: Application deadline August 1, 2014.


The South African Senior Research Fellowship is designed for post-doctoral researchers looking to gain international understanding through scientific study in South Africa. Program runs for 5 years.

Agencies Involved: The Wellcome Trust

Key dates: Check website for additional and updated information.


The NRF Free-Standing Fellowship is intended for post-doctoral researchers looking to attend conferences and seminars in South Africa in order to enrich their study. The travel grant will provide funding for one visit to South Africa to attend a lecture, seminar, or conference, or to visit a local laboratory. Grant allowance is 2-3 months.

Agencies involved: National Research Foundation (NRF) and Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA)

Key dates: Applications for 2014 programs are now closed. Check website for updated information.


The Sydney Brenner Fellowship is intended for post-doctoral researchers in the field of molecular and cellular biosciences looking to conduct studies in South Africa. Grant awarded for period of 2 years.

Agencies involved: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF), Oppenheimer Memorial Trust

Key dates: Check website for updated information.