Postdoctoral fellowships (PDRFs) at UCT offer a unique opportunity for early-career researchers to collaborate with faculty members, enhance their expertise, and make significant contributions to their respective fields. PDRFs bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and diverse skill sets, thereby enhancing the university's capacity for groundbreaking research and interdisciplinary collaboration.


New UCT postdoc?


Want to become a UCT postdoc?

  • You need to haved achieved a doctoral degree within the last 5 years.
  • You need a UCT host or principal investigator (PI) to mentor and guide you for the duration of the PDRF fellowship.
  • A first step can be to examine the current PRDF opportunities available at UCT.
Explore PDRF fellowship opportunities here

PDRF funding and payment

PDRFs are funded by several different sources, including the University's Research Committee (URC), the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and a number of other external foundations and agencies.


An agreed-upon amount of your fellowship will be paid on completion of the MoA and enrollment. The balance of the fellowship will be released at agreed-upon intervals during the year.

Payment is made by the PGFO and may take the form of 2 to 4 payments to your fee account, which can be transferred to your banking account at a later stage.

Read more about payment and fellowship award conditions

In this section you can find all the details regarding payment, the conditions to be met before receiving your reward as well as more information about PDRF tenure.

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