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The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Wits University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme 2023


Hosted in the School of Human and Community Development, the Wits Neuroscience Re- search Lab (NeuRL) is a space designed to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration, enhance and contextualise theory, and augment and support effective practice and research in the field of neuroscience in the South African context. In partnership with the National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), the School of Human and Community Development in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) invites applications for full-time postdoctoral positions at Wits NeuRL ( in 2023.

Five postdoctoral fellowships are available that are aligned with the themes below, on projects relating to:
immersive virtual reality and embodiment; (2) electroencephalogram (EEG) and cognitive-emotional processes; (3) machine learning and computational neuroscience; (4) clinical neuroscience; and (5) open calls to neuroscience related topics.


  • Digital Humanities (the intersection of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the HSS and Arts, an HSS perspective of digital tools, techniques, and platforms, and how these impact society)
  • Higher Education, Teaching, Research, and Innovation
  • Indigenous Languages (the development of African languages for scientific use)
  • Pandemics, Medicine, Disease and Curing
  • Transformation, Race, Culture, and Identity

The postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity to work with interdisciplinary teams across Wits, including: the School of Physiology, the RAIL Laboratory ( and the Health Communication Research Unit ( Opportunities for mentorship and career development will be built into the fellowships.

The duration of the fellowship is two (2) years, pending an acceptable progress report after the first year. Please apply using this online application form that includes:

  1. complete CV;
  2. two-page motivation and concept note on the proposed project (approximately 2 pages);
  3. writing sample and/or a published paper;
  4. two academic reference letters; and
  5. academic transcript (completion of a PhD is a requirement of eligibility).


  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Applicants must have a PhD obtained within the last 5 years by the application deadline.
  • Fellows will sign a Memorandum of Agreement with both institutions.
  • Fellowships must be taken up by 1 January 2023.
  • The duration of the fellowship is two (2) years, pending an acceptable progress report after the first year.
  • Publish at least two peer-reviewed pieces per year.

The full fellowship value is R 400 000 p.a. (tax exempt) comprised of a stipend of R320 000 p.a. with R80 000 for project running costs and conference attendance (subject to approved budget submitted by the Fellow).

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