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Faculty Research Office
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Stella Clark Teachers' Award - Nominations 2017

UCT students are invited to nominate a teacher who is currently teaching in a secondary school and who, in your opinion, deserves recognition for years of dedicated teaching to students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Call for Nominations: TWAS Young Affiliates 2017

The World Academy of Sciences Regional Office for sub-Saharan Africa (TWAS-ROSSA) invites you to nominate suitable candidates for the 2017 TWAS Young Affiliates. The honour is given to researchers from developing nations who have at least 10 international publications. The nominees should show potential for a high-impact career. During their five-year tenure, Young Affiliates build networks with other affiliates and with elected TWAS Fellows. They also attend international conferences such as the TWAS General Meeting where they make contributions and are exposed to mentoring as well as collaboration opportunities. The five selected TWAS Young Affiliates will also be part of and work closely with the TWAS Young Affiliates Network (TYAN) which was established in 2016 during the 27th TWAS General Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda. TYAN is anticipated to bring fresh energy to the Academy by creating links among early career scientists and promoting international collaboration.

Nominations are invited from TWAS and AAS fellows, Members of National Academies and fellows, Members of  National Young Academies of Science, Research Institutions, Research Councils, Universities, Government entities and other such bodies that have or know this talent in sub-Saharan Africa. Self-Nomination is also acceptable. Nominations of women and young scientists from Science Lagging countries is highly encouraged.

Nominees must be aged 40 or less and living and working in a developing country. More information is provided on the attached nomination form. Kindly use the form to submit your nomination. All nominations must be forwarded to by 15 May 2017.

Monday, 24 April 2017
Woman of Worth campaign

Dear Friend of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation

We need your help urgently! Our Thundafund project is underway and TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!! We have a target that remains unmet and we only have a few more weeks to pull out all the stops and meet it. 

HELP US HELP 10 000 YOUNG WOMEN to change their worlds to make a better South Africa. 

Every rand counts - please circulate to friends and family! 


Professor Linda-Gail Bekker

Chief of Operations - DTHF

Monday, 24 April 2017
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Pulmonology

See invitation

Thursday, 20 April 2017
PhD Fellowship: Biomarkers of HIV-associated with Tuberculosis at SATVI
Thursday, 20 April 2017
2017 SA Women in Science Awards: Call for Nominations




For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela  (012) 843 6338

Or UCT Research Office:

Ronel de Swardt: / Christina Pather

Internal deadline (should a nominee wish to submit via Research Office): Friday 12 May 2017

Department of Science and Technology Deadline:  Friday, 26 May 2017

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2017 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA).  The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women.  The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

The theme for the 2017 WISA is Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, which is the 2017 priority theme for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).

Awards in the distinguished woman and distinguished young woman researcher categories will be made for research that responds to the theme in the fields of Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences.  However, the DST Fellowships and TATA Scholarships are not restricted to the theme.

Awards will also be made to a special category within the theme which will award research and innovation (R&I) leading to demonstrable contribution in advancing women’s economic empowerment in the world of work.

The 2017 WISA will be presented on 17 August 2017 as part of the Department's celebration of Women's Month.  The awards will be made in the following categories:


1.     Awards for Distinguished Woman Researchers

·       Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences

·       Humanities and Social Sciences

2.     Awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researchers

·       Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences

·       Humanities and Social Sciences

3.     Awards for Research and Innovation

·       Distinguished Woman Researcher

·       Distinguished Young Woman Researcher

4.     DST Fellowships (direct queries and requests for the application form to:  Stacey-Lee Harrison, Stacey-  or Celeste Jansen )

·       Four current master's students: 2 in natural and engineering sciences, 1 in human and social sciences (HSS), and 1 in indigenous knowledge systems (IKS).

·       Four current doctoral students: 2 in natural sciences, 1 in HSS, and 1 in IKS.

5.     TATA Africa Scholarships for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (direct queries and requests for the application form to:  or Celeste Jansen

·       Three master's students in disciplines where the participation of women is low.

·       Three doctoral students in disciplines where the participation of women is low.


1.    Winners may be requested to participate in public awareness initiatives led by the DST.

2.    Finalists will be required to submit a short profile and three high-resolution photographs to be used for publicity.


Nominations and applications on the attached form (including check-list) should reach the Department of Science and Technology at by Friday, 26 May 2017.  No late submissions will be accepted.

For more information contact Mr Thembinkosi Magasela at 012 843 6338 or

Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Harry Crossley FHS Postdoctoral Fellowships call


Submission date: 4th May 2017

Fostering clinical and translational research at UCT

The Trustees of the Harry Crossley Foundation are offering Fellowships to early career researchers to support a full-time focus on clinical and translational research at UCT’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Two types of award are available:

Harry Crossley Clinical Research Fellowships to support dedicated research time for early-career clinical, academic and research staff.

The award will provide busy clinical researchers and health professionals attached to the Faculty of Health Sciences the time required to, for example, complete a PhD or deliver on an important research project. Ethics approval should be in place for the proposed research. In keeping with the Foundation’s philosophy of supporting researchers in the earlier stages of their career, applicants should be under 45 years of age; in cases where fellowships are intended to support PhD completion, a more flexible age ceiling may be applied.  Applicants should have an employment contract with UCT/PGWC that exceeds the duration of the award. Fellowships must be taken up by September 2017.

Value: up to R150, 000 per award (up to one year of support).

Harry Crossley Postdoctoral Fellowships to support talented young health sciences researchers who completed their PhD within the last 5 years.

Applicants must be under 40 years of age, and must have submitted their PhD thesis by the application deadline. Applicants should not be registered for study towards any degree at the time of assuming the fellowship. Applications must be supported by a suitable research host in the Faculty of Health Sciences. There are no fringe benefits so that the successful candidate is responsible for his or her own medical aid and insurance arrangements. Tax-free status will be arranged with the South African Revenue Services. Preference will be given to clinical and translation research. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any formal fellowship from UCT or national funding bodies such as the NRF and the MRC. Fellowships must be taken up in the second half of 2017.

Value: R200, 000 per award (one year of support). 


Recipients will be expected to:

  • Acknowledge the Harry Crossley Foundation in any publications emanating from the fellowships.
  • Complete a 2-page report on research activities and achievements enabled by the Harry Crossley Fellowship.


Harry Crossley FHS Postdoctoral Fellowships call 2017
Harry Crossley Clinical Fellowships call 2017

Applications must be completed on the attached form and submitted electronically to: by midnight on  4th May 2017.

For more information email Jacqui Steadman (

Monday, 10 April 2017
NRF Call for 2018 Thuthuka Research Funding Programme for Early Career Researchers

(Please direct all queries to Robyn Udemans at

UCT’s internal closing date: Tuesday, 9 May 2017 at 09h00

The Research Office will facilitate several interventions to assist researchers to successfully complete the application process. Register your attendance with the relevant contact person as indicated in the table below.


Institutional Support Form
Thuthuka Application & 2018 Funding Guide​​​​​​​
Thuthuka Framework 2017 Final
Programme 1 - Thuthuka Information Session notice 13 April 2017
Programme 2 - Thuthuka Workshop 18 April 2017

Title of Workshop/Intervention

Date & times


RSVP date & contact

1.     Thuthuka Information Session

(See attached Programme 1)

Thursday, 13 April from 11h00-13h00

Seminar Room, Level 2, Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray

Tuesday, 11 April


2.     Tips on how to start writing your Thuthuka proposal

(See attached Programme 2)

Tuesday, 18 April from 9h30-12h30


Mafeje Room, Bremner


Thursday, 13 April noon


3.     A writing space to finalise your Thuthuka application

Tentatively booked for 3 - 5 May but dependent on interest shown. Please register with Judith Rix to express interest in joining this writing space.

To be confirmed

Friday, 28 April


  1. Overview

The Thuthuka Funding Instrument is a key intervention of the NRF aimed at supporting emerging researchers. Thuthuka research grants are awarded to academics and researchers that hold academic and/or joint academic and administrative professional appointments, at NRF recognised public universities, science councils and other public research institutions.  Applicants must be employed at these institutions on a full-time permanent or full-time contractual basis that extends for the full period of the Thuthuka grant. Female applicants that are appointed on a fixed-term half-day appointment in order to accommodate family responsibilities, raising children of four (4) years of age and below, are also eligible to apply.

  1. Eligibility

·         UCT academics and researchers employed at UCT on a full-time permanent or full-time contractual basis are eligible to apply. In the case of a contract, the appointment must extend for the duration of the approved three-year funding cycle (i.e. 2018 to 2020).

·         Applicants who are under the age of 45 years at the time of first application may apply.  Applicants in the PhD and Post PhD tracks over the age of 45 must submit a motivation as to why they were not able to achieve their doctoral qualification or research capabilities by the stipulated age.

·         First-time applicants must NOT be an NRF rated researcher, but may become rated during the tenure of the Thuthuka grant. Once rated, a grant holder must complete the current cycle and exit the Thuthuka funding instrument. 

·         Female applicants that are appointed on a fixed-term half-day appointment in order to accommodate family responsibilities can apply.  This is limited to women raising children of four years of age and below.  A copy of the child’s ID should be included in the online application.

In addition to the above criteria the following also applies. The Thuthuka Funding Instrument consists of three distinct tracks. Applicants may apply for funding in one of the following three tracks:

·         PhD Track: for applicants wanting to obtain a Doctoral degree within the funding period;

·         Post-PhD Track: for applicants who aspire to become established researchers, by strengthening their research capabilities; and

·         NRF Rating Track: for applicants who aspire to apply for a NRF rating within the six-year funding period.

2.1  PhD Track

      The following eligibility criteria apply in respect of the PhD Track:

·         Open to South African citizens only;

·         Should have obtained a minimum of a Master’s degree;

·         Registered for a Doctoral degree;

·         Institutional commitment from the employing institution (Dean) pledging to allow applicant time off for research; and

·         Endorsement by a nominated supervisor supporting the proposed Doctoral work to be undertaken (supervisor’s report to be submitted via the electronic application process).

·         Applicants applying for the PhD track must ensure that their supervisors receive and complete the supervisor report (the process is workflow based and is initiated once you select the “PhD Track” under the “Funding Track” section of the application form). This is of importance as applications will be automatically disqualified if the reports are not completed or submitted.


2.2  Post-PhD Track

      The following eligibility criteria apply in respect of the Post-PhD Track:

·         Open to South African citizens only;

·         Should have obtained a Doctoral degree no more than five years prior to the date of first application to the Thuthuka programme; and


2.3  NRF Rating Track

      The following eligibility criteria apply in respect of the NRF Rating Track:

·         Open to South African citizens and permanent residents;

·         Should have obtained a Doctoral Degree no more than 8 years prior to the date of first application to the Thuthuka programme;

·         A research focus has been identified in an area in which the applicant plans to establish a research track record; and

·         Applicants must demonstrate in the proposal that they have been unable to establish themselves as researchers due to limited research opportunities (e.g. working in an institution with limited research infrastructure and research activity or due to family responsibilities). If such limitations are NOT clear from the proposal and confirmed in the applicant’s career profile, the application will not be considered.


  1. Granting rules

            The Thuthuka Programme will support:

·         Student bursaries

·         Research operating costs


          The Thuthuka Programme does not award funding for:

·         Infrastructure development for which the NRF’s Infrastructure Funding Instruments make provision;

·         Budgets only requesting funding for student support, equipment and/or conference attendance;

·         Single year grants or grants for less than three years, unless the applicant is in the process of completing a doctoral study (applying in the PhD track);

·         Lecturer Replacement, external supervisory support, study/training visit local/abroad and sabbatical categories.


  1. Application process

·         Applications are submitted online at

·         Applicants are required to consult the “Funding Guide” and “Framework” documents attached for more information.

·         Applicants to complete the “Details of applicant” section of the attached ‘Institutional Support Form’ and submit it online. The Research Office will download the form, obtain the necessary endorsements from the Deans, endorse the application and will submit it directly to the NRF.


  1. Important deadlines

It is expected that the applicants will take responsibility to approach reviewers and enquire of their availability and willingness to help. Applicants must identify and provide the contact details of two academics who are experts in the applicant’s field of research (in the case of the PhD track, the applicant must include his/her supervisor) to review and comment on the academic merit of the application.


·         Complete the application online at

·         Submission of reviewer details to the Research Office (send to 2 May.

·         Submission of first draft of application for internal review, submitted electronically on the NRF Online Submission System at 9 May, 09h00.

·         Assessment of first draft applications by discipline reviewers & Research Office: 10-16 May.

·         Feedback to applicants: 17 May.

·         Applicants to amend applications based on reviewers’ feedback: 18-30 May.

·         Applicants to resubmit applications to the Research Office for a final check: 31 May, 09h00.


  1. Thuthuka Information Session

Applicants who intend to submit a Thuthuka proposal should attend a Thuthuka Information Session that will assist with writing and budget preparation to be hosted by the Research Office. If you cannot attend this workshop, please create an application on the NRF website (at to allow us to monitor your progress and provide you with ongoing advice. This workshop is planned for 13 April from 11h00-13h00. Please register with by Tuesday, 11 April. Refer to attached programme.


  1. Workshop on tips on how to start writing your Thuthuka proposal

This workshop will show you how to go about writing your Thuthuka application. It will take place on Tuesday, 18 April from 9h30-12h30. Please register with by Tuesday, 13 April, 12pm. Refer to attached programme.


  1. A writing space to finalise your Thuthuka application

This workshop is tentatively booked for 3- 5 May but will only take place if there is sufficient interest. Please register with by Friday, 28 April to express interest in joining this writing space.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017
PhD Bursary in Trichology and Cosmetic Science

The HSR Laboratory, Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine in collaboration with The CEOHR at UCT is offering a PhD bursary for a study investigating pesticide residues in human specimens as part of a cohort study investigating the reproductive development and neuro-behavioural effects due to pesticides exposures in the rural Western Cape in South Africa. The study forms part of the research program of the SA/Swiss Bilateral SARChI Chair in Global Environmental Health.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017
UCT CANSA research grant funding call 2018

Dear Heads of Department, Directors of Research Units, Chairpersons of Departmental Research Committees and Researchers

UCT- Faculty of Health Sciences Call


Please see included the flyer for information on the CANSA funding opportunity for Cancer Research Applications for 2018 for distribution within your units or departments.

Process for applying:

  1. Please submit your completed Type A Research Grant Cansa application form and ethics approval letter electronically to Cansa at: and copy by no later than the 31 May 2017. Please note that no late applications will be accepted.
  2. Please submit your application to Cansa and Lamees Emjedi without completing Section  25.1 to 25.6 and 26.7 to 26.10 of the application form. This will be completed internally after the closing date and forwarded to the Cansa Research Officer as agreed.

Contact details:

Cansa: Alice Victor: 021 689 5381 or Email: for any queries or

Lamees Emjedi 021 4066338 or Email: