Fellowship which commemorates General Smuts’ interest in South African Botany

The object of the Fellowship is to enable a person who has exhibited proficiency in independent research to undertake study and research in systematic botany and geographical distribution of South African flora, these being the branches of Botany in which General Smuts was most keenly interested.  The possibility of work on other aspects of the South African flora is not excluded.

The research to be conducted by the Fellow will be under the general supervision of the Head of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town, and the Director of Research, South African National Botanical Institute, Kirstenbosch. As part of the Fellow’s professional development, the successful candidate will be offered the opportunity to participate in limited teaching and supervision of senior students in the Biological Sciences Department.



Beca Postdoctoral


Formación requerida

The fellowship is open to any eligible person, South African or otherwise, who is capable of carrying out its objective and materially advancing the knowledge of the South African flora. Possession of a PhD degree which has been obtained no more than five years ago is a minimum requirement.  Eligible candidates may not have previously held any academic or professional permanent positions.

Descripción de la oferta


12 months


The award does not include any benefits and is normally exempt from taxation.


Up To R190 000


First quarter of 2017

Plazo de presentación de candidaturas

14 OCTOBER 2016

Información sobre dónde presentar las candidaturas

Applications must include the following:

1.Research Proposal.

2.The applicant’s full curriculum vitae and list of publications.

3.Three reports from referees. The referees must be requested to email the references directly to the head of department at the email address shown below.

4.Certified copies of all academic transcripts and degree certificates.

5.Written endorsement by the host (principal investigator; normally a permanent staff at UCT or SANBI) of the proposed project. To be emailed directly to the head of department.

Applications will be considered by a sub-committee in the department of Biological Sciences.Applications must be submitted electronically to the Head of Department, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town (

Information on faculty structure and academic departments may be found on the UCT website at

All applicants are subject to the policies surrounding the postdoctoral sector at the University of Cape Town.
Further information is obtainable from: Ms Claire Khai, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa.Email: Telephone number +27 21 6503604  Fax Number +27 21 6503301.

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