The Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award rewards excellence and exceptional scholarship in all its forms. It is granted to candidates of the highest calibre to enable them to undertake a programme of cutting-edge, internationally significant work.


Professor Valerie Mizrahi
Professor Valerie Mizrahi

Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine

Professor Mizrahi, director of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, has made an internationally significant contribution to the field of microbiology and tuberculosis (TB) research. She has published 142 peer-reviewed journal articles, supervised or co-supervised 65 postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows and co-edited the definitive textbook on the biology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.



Mark Solms
Professor Mark Solms

Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities

Mark Solms is a professor of neuropsychology, and the chair of neuropsychology at UCT and president of the South African Psychoanalytical Association. He is both a neuroscientist and a psychoanalyst. Solms' main area of scholarship has been to bring together the fields of neuroscience and psychoanalysis. He has re-shaped the boundary between these two fields, working on the psychological effects of focal brain lesions, most notably in dreams, and other phenomena.



Xolela Mangcu
Professor Xolela Mangcu

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities

Xolela Mangcu is an Oppenheimer Fellow at the Hutchins Centre for African and African American Research at Harvard University and the author and co-author of 9 books, and many journal articles and book chapters.



Keertan Dheda
Professor Keertan Dheda

Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

Keertan Dheda is professor of respiratory medicine and head of the Division of Pulmonology. He was awarded the 2010 International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Scientific Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of tuberculosis and lung disease. Dheda is involved in the activities of several international academic societies and holds a visiting professor appointment at University College London.



Leslie Underhill
Emeritus Professor Leslie Underhill

Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

Les Underhill is the director of the Animal Demography Unit at the Department of Biological Sciences. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and the South African Statistical Association, and the recipient of the 2002 Gilchrist Medal by SANCOR for outstanding contributions to the enhancement of marine science in South Africa.


Jill Farrant
Professor Jill Farrant

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Faculty of Science

Jill Farrant is a professor at the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and a leader in the field of plant responses to water deficit stress. In 2015, she was the recipient of the prestigious Erna Hamburger prize which is awarded to the world’s top researchers in science, engineering and architecture. She is also the African/Arab States recipient of the 2012 L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science and the Department of Science and Technology's Distinguished Woman in Science award for 2010. Farrant is a fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), serves on the scientific board of the Agropolis Foundation in Montpellier and was the first female researcher at UCT to be awarded an A-rating by the National Research Foundation in 2009.



Philippe Salazaar
Distinguished Professor Philippe Joseph Salazar

Centre for Film and Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Philippe-Joseph Salazar is distinguished professor of rhetoric and director of the Centre for Rhetoric Studies. He is a former director in rhetoric and democracy at Jacques Derrida's foundation, College International de Philosophie, Paris. He is a life fellow of the University of Cape Town and has held a continuous A1 rating since its inception by the academic research rating agency of South Africa.



Igor & Frank
Professors Igor Barashenkov and Frank Brombacher (joint recipients)

Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and Department of Pathology, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Health Sciences

Igor Barashenkov is a professor in UCT's Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics and specialises in nonlinear dynamics and mathematical physics.

Frank Brombacher is a professor in the Division of Immunology and director of the Medical Research Unit on Immunology of Infectious Diseases at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM). He has won a number of prestigious awards, including the General Award from the Medical Research Council (three times). Brombacher is currently president of the South African Immunology Society and visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.