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University of the Witwatersrand CARTA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in South Africa

Application Deadline: 22nd June, 2018

Applications are currently ongoing for the CARTA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at University of the Witwatersrand for African Students tenable in South Africa. Interested students should see the details below.

University of the Witwatersrand CARTA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in South Africa

CARTA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Details and FAQs

Wits is a remarkable university that is internationally distinguished for its excellent research, high academic standards and commitment to social justice. From trying to discover what lies beneath the Earth’s surface to saving lives through better healthcare systems, Wits is on the ground, making a difference. We have over 50 active projects on the African continent and the University is represented globally through our partnerships, collaborations, staff and student exchanges and our alumni around the world.  Wits was also the co-founder of the African Research Universities Alliance. 

The MRC/Wits-Agincourt Research Unit is a leading health and population research center that supports a major research infrastructure including a health and socio-demographic surveillance system (HDSS) covering the Agincourt sub-district of rural Mpumalanga Province adjacent to Mozambique. Taking a life course approach, the Unit undertakes interdisciplinary observational and intervention research collaborating with scientists from South African and sub-Saharan, UK/European and North American institutions.

Successful Postdoctoral Fellows will join a multidisciplinary team of research and data scientists and enjoy unparalleled opportunity across all stages of the research process, including ethics and public engagement, field science, research data management, and research-to-policy engagement.  Fellows will be supported and mentored to publish in peer-review journals.

Fellows will follow a tailored programme embedded in focus research areas depending on their background, experience, and interest:

  • Adolescent health and development (including HIV and mental health)
  • Adult health and ageing (including non-communicable diseases, HIV and mental health)
  • Population trends, transitions and social determinants (including migration)
  • Applied Statistics, Informatics and Computing.

Building on its goal to secure the future and foster the career growth of its high-achieving graduates, the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) will offer up to 3 two-year postdoctoral fellowships in 2018 for its fellows who have completed their PhD studies.

When is the application deadline?

22nd June, 2018

Which countries are eligible for the scholarship?

African countries

What is the category of this opportunity?

Fellowship, Postdoctoral

How do I know if I’m eligible for the scholarship?

  • PhD awarded within past 5 years (or pending)
  • Background in a relevant discipline(s), including Epidemiology, Statistics, Decision Sciences, Public Health, Economics, Demography, Population Studies, related Social Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Informatics and Computing
  • Evidence of high academic and scholarly potential
  • English language proficiency, strong conceptual and writing skills.

What are the selection criteria?

The University is committed to employment equity.  Preference will be given to appointable applicants from the designated South African groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment, to re-advertise and to verify all information provided by candidates. Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates.

How many scholarship awards are available?

3 scholarship awards are available.

What are the benefits of the award?

Positions will be based in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga Province, where Wits offers several accommodation options, with time in the School of Public Health and related campuses in Johannesburg, and possibly occasional travel abroad.

What is the duration of the program?

2 years

How to Apply for the CARTA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Applications must include:

  • cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for the fellowship
  • detailed CV
  • names and contact details of 3 referees (at least two academic)
  • examples of written or published work
  • certified copies of degree certificates and academic transcripts
  • certified copy of ID or passport.

All applications to be e-mailed to both Wendy.Pearsall@wits.ac.za

and Kathleen.Kahn@wits.ac.za.

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