Get up to R250,000 Grant for International Researchers in the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) Postdoctoral Research Program 2020-2022

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Apply for this funded postdoctoral fellowship to work on highly innovative multi-regional research projects alongside other researchers in an institute in Johannesburg for two years. 

If you are selected for this program, you will receive up to R250,000 annually while workly closely with diverse researchers with different skill sets and training backgrounds to unravel solutions to some of the current most pressing human and ecological challenges.

Application Deadline: August 31, 2020 

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Benefits

Selected fellows in the WISER Postdoctoral Research Program will each receive

  • Funding of up to R250,000 per year (inclusive of health insurance) 
  • Additional funding of R10,000 to cover research costs  
  • An invitation to join the Institute in Johannesburg

Eligibility

The fellowship is open to

  • International candidates
  • Candidates with different skills and training backgrounds such as
    • Health 
    • Natural and environmental science  
    • technology studies

Specifications/Expectations 

  • African and diasporic candidates are especially encouraged to apply
  • The program is  offering 8 (eight) two-year postdoctoral positions
  • The research program includes 4 Clusters: 
  • An applicant is only allowed to apply in one Cluster.
  • Fellows in the program will be expected to:
    • Take part fully in the research program and its publications.
    • Participate in scientific events and other research-related activities (advanced seminars, workshops, round tables, experimental syllabus)
    • Produce 3 podcasts or op-eds per year
    • Publish 1 peer-reviewed article per year and (4) one final chapter to be included in an edited volume

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Application Instructions

To apply for the WISER fellowship, 

  • Include and submit in a comprehensive compilation the following documents:
    • A motivation letter (not to exceed 2 pages) 
    • A brief but detailed CV (not to exceed 2 pages)
    • A highly innovative research proposal (4 pages maximum)
    • A certified copy of your Ph.D.
    • 2 letters of reference
    • A written sample of academic work
  • Applications with all relevant attachments should be forwarded by email to Najibha Deshmukh, Senior Administrator, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research via najibha.Deshmukh@wits.ac.za

About the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research Postdoctoral Program

The WISER postdoctoral program is a multi-regional and multidisciplinary research program aimed at unraveling the paradoxes of regionalization in the African continent, shaped by multiple porous borders and mobile spaces. 

Instead of assuming that regionalization is tied to state territoriality, it examines how frontiers and horizons – spatial, material, cultural and imaginary – are increasingly produced by the intersection of cross border flows, networks and informal institutions that are not delineated by states only, but also by technological devices of all kinds and by movement as such.

The program’s central goal is to foster a new understanding of the ongoing geographies of regionalization that arise from:

  • The intensification of mobility flows, and circulation in porous borders, mobile spaces, and technological transformations
  • The accelerated extraction and use of natural resources that have been taking place in Africa over the last century and a half, its historical pathways and the socio-ecological transformations it has unleashed
  • The mutations in causes of illness (epidemics and the increase of non-communicable diseases) and how the crisis of climate is reshaping the human/ecological/environment relationships

The fellowship caters to candidates with different skills and training backgrounds such as health, natural and environmental science and in technology studies who are interested in working on highly innovative research projects that include:

  • Borders 
  • Mobility 
  • Speed
  • Circulation of people, objects, ideas and technological devices 
  • Ecological transformations
  • Regional transport systems, markets, and small towns 
  • Cross-border practices
  • Media and digital corridors
  • Cultural and literary scapes
  • Logistics
  • Multispecies interactions
  • Health ecologies and pandemics
  • Trans-regional extraction, 
  • Enclaves and offshoring 

etc.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for application is August 31, 2020. 

The results will be published by September 5, 2020.

Applicants will be reviewed against a background of academic and non-academic qualifications.

Selected fellows will join the Institute in Johannesburg remotely in October 2020 and in-person from February 2021(subject to the state of the pandemic) 

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