Research Noticeboard

Thursday, 1 November 2018
Invitation to Apply for Postgraduate Publication Incentive (PPI) Funding

Health Sciences Faculty Research Committee



Submission deadline: 23 November 2018

Application Form

The Faculty of Health Sciences has increased research productivity as one of its major goals. We know that many papers published from the Faculty have their origins in postgraduate dissertations/theses, and therefore strongly encourage students (and their supervisors) to view publication in peer-reviewed journals as an integral part of the design and work schedule for completing higher degrees. We are also aware that many potential papers embedded within dissertations/theses never get published, usually because the student leaves UCT before converting the dissertation/thesis into publishable manuscripts.


In an attempt to alleviate this problem the Faculty Research Committee (FRC) has committed a budget to a Postgraduate Publication Incentive (PPI) to assist needy Faculty of Health Sciences postgraduates to prepare dissertation/thesis work for publication before they leave UCT. This letter invites supervisors to apply for funding from this scheme on behalf of their graduating students.


How the PPI scheme works:

  • The intention of the PPI awards is to allow postgraduates who are registered in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and who have recently submitted or are about to submit their dissertation/thesis, to prepare their dissertation/thesis work for submission to ISI accredited journals, specifically where this would not be possible without additional financial support. Students who are not registered in the Faculty of Health Sciences, but are registered for a degree that has a Health Sciences Faculty Departmental Course Code, also qualify for this funding.
  • Calls for application will be issued three times a year (June, August and November).
  • Applications for funding must be made by the supervisor, who must clearly explain what paper(s) will be generated and for which target journals. Clear motivation must also be supplied as to why additional time is needed to prepare such papers (i.e. why the existing chapters need to be substantially changed before being suitable for submission). If funding is awarded, the supervisor will be required to complete a short report, on an annual basis, of the papers submitted as a consequence of the PPI funding. The record of success or failure will then be taken into account when evaluating future PPI applications.
  • Awards will be made by a small subcommittee of the FRC.
  • Awards will be made on a competitive basis; the main criteria being the probability of success of publication in ISI accredited journals and identification of financial need.
  • The amount of the award is limited to R 5000 per month for PhD students and the normal period of support will be one month, since the work involved will be largely reformatting dissertation/thesis material into a journal paper. In special circumstances, up to a maximum of two months will be considered, but this will require strong motivation; for example, if several papers are being written, or if additional work is required to submit a paper to a top international journal. Note that awards for Masters students may be considered depending on availability of funding.
  • It is important to emphasize that this award is not intended to be a ‘reward’ to students for submitting already prepared papers, but should only be requested if the paper(s) need substantial reworking before publication and where this work requires financial support that the supervisor is unable to supply from existing resources.
  • Students are required to sign a Memorandum of Agreement that should be submitted along with the original application (see attached template).Funds will only be approved if we have received a hard copy of the MOA.The supervisor is responsible for the administration of these funds, ensuring that students are paid and that manuscripts are submitted.


How payment is made:


  • The University and Faculty policy is that, once a thesis/dissertation is submitted for examination, the educational work requirements of the degree have been met.Any payment made to a student for work undertaken subsequent to submission must be made via the payroll system to conform to SARS regulations.Consequently, PPI funding must be paid to the student via the payroll system and will not be paid as a tax-free bursary.
  • All PPI awards have to be paid to students within 6 months of the date of announcement of the awards. If they are not, they will be automatically returned to the Faculty budget.


How to apply:

Applications should be submitted on the template provided on the next page.   Send completed applications and signed MOA to

Please note that supervisors (not postgraduate students) must liaise directly with

the Faculty Research Office (Ext: 406 6734/ 1798) if there are any queries on the PPI.



Thursday, 1 November 2018
Call For Applications: 2019 DHS Fellows Program

The DHS Program is now accepting applications to the 2019 DHS Fellows Program. If you are a faculty member at a university or a researcher at a research institute in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, apply today!

The primary objectives of the program are:

  • To teach Fellows to analyse and conduct research with DHS Program data;
  • To strengthen skills that Fellows will use to integrate DHS Program data into their teaching;
  • To increase the ability of Fellows to strengthen the capacity of others to use DHS Program data at their home institutions
Thursday, 25 October 2018
Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2019 [Funding PDRFs at UCT]
Thursday, 25 October 2018



 The deadline for applications is Friday 14 December 2018.

The South African Health Review (SAHR) is an accredited peer reviewed publication. The aims of the SAHR are to advance the sharing of knowledge, to feature critical commentary on policy implementation, and to offer empirical understandings for improving South Africa’s health system.


The editors are pleased to announce that the call for abstracts for the 2019 edition of the SAHR is now open. Abstracts providing fresh insights into health systems strengthening efforts supporting the realisation of universal health coverage in South Africa are particularly sought. Preference will be given to manuscripts that take cognisance of the World Health Organization’s six building blocks for an effective, efficient and equitable health system.


Please take note of the following:


         Abstracts must be submitted using the official SAHR abstract template which can be downloaded from the HST website:


         The body of the abstract may not exceed 300 words.


         Guidelines for authors are accessible at and strict adherence to these guidelines is essential.


         Submission of an abstract for the SAHR does not guarantee acceptance. All abstracts will undergo a systematic peer review selection process.


Abstracts should be submitted to:




Notification of status of abstract: 31 January 2019

Deadline for full manuscripts: 6 May 2019

 Additional Opportunities

In addition to our primary call for abstracts, there are two other opportunities for potential authors. The first is the launch of the inaugural Healthcare Workers Writing Development Programme offering writing skills training and ongoing coaching throughout the publication process for identified first time authors. Healthcare workers who are interested in contributing to the SAHR and sharing their insights into the challenges and successes of implementation are encouraged to submit an abstract. Further details about this call will be available in January 2019.


The second is the annual Emerging Public Health Care Practitioner Award (EPHPA) which is open to South African citizens under the age of 35, who are at Masters’ level or below. Applications for this award will open in February 2019.


Publication Documents


For more information visit or contact:

Thursday, 25 October 2018
Faculty of Health Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2019 :Funding PDRFs at UCT


Thursday, 18 October 2018
Work Programme 2018-2020 “Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing and Processing”

Kindly find attached a document for nanotechnology researchers at UCT. The document has a compilation of offers from various organisations in Europe.

Researchers can identify suitable topics and partners and approach them directly. Contact details are provided for each offer. 

Project offers

Final Programme

Thursday, 18 October 2018
PHD Opportunities 2019

Wednesday, 3 October 2018
NRF-SAASTA Young Science Communicators' Competition 2018

Young Science Communicators Competition

Calling Young Scientists

Closes 23 November 2018

For enquiries, contact Joanne Riley at


The Young Science Communicators’ Competition is open to students/young scientists/researchers, between ages of 18 and 35, registered or working at Higher Education Institutions or science councils. Entries close on 23 November 2018. Cash prizes of R10,000 for winners and R5,000 for runners up of each category.

To help guide your creative process, this year’s competition requires you to submit pieces aligned to some of the themes of the Department of Science and Technology’s Science Forum South Africa 2018 ( Align your pieces to one of the themes below:

1. Science transforming society

Thinking about science, technology and innovation changing society, contributing to the improvement of the quality of living of all citizens, and ensuring ethical considerations are addressed and science-driven development is equitable and sustainable.

2. A Better World

Thinking about the sustainable solutions science, technology and innovation can provide to global challenges like poverty, inequality, inclusive development and a secure society.

3. Innovation shaping the industry of tomorrow

Thinking about how the exponential pace of progress in science, technology and innovation is disrupting every industry in every country and how the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another.

Please see attached is more information, which can also be found along with the online entry form at:

Monday, 1 October 2018
Call for Applications: The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre

The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre is now accepting applications for the online courses that are offered in semester 1 each year.  These courses include: The Clinical Management of HIV and TB/HIV Co-infection Management.  Each course is fully-accredited at UCT and successful completion of each awards 30 CPD points, as well as a certificate of completion.

These courses are completed entirely online and from the comfort of your own home.  The DTHC also offers a 2-year Postgraduate Diploma in TB-HIV Management; students who have completed a course with us can apply for credit exemption from this course should they wish to complete the diploma at a later stage.

Interested applicants can email: for more information, including how to submit an application.  Closing date: 7 January 2019.


DTHC Flyer

DTHC Post grad diploma

Thursday, 27 September 2018
Call for applications: NRF Evaluation and Rating 2019

Call for applications


UCT Internal Closing Dates:

First internal deadline: 12 November & 16 November 2018

Second internal deadline: 14 December at 09h00

NRF System Closing Date for applicants: 31 January 2019

More information:  

Refer to attached documents:

- Eligibility Citeria

- Definition of rating categories

- Instruction Document

- UCT application guide and template


Applications are invited for the next cycle of NRF evaluation and rating. This call applies both to researchers who are applying for re-evaluation and first time applicants.

The NRF does not accept applications submitted directly by applications; therefore UCT can only endorse applications which are submitted via the internal review process.

The rating of individuals is based primarily on the quality and impact of their research outputs over the past eight years, taking into consideration the evaluation made by local and international peers who are requested to critically scrutinize the research completed during the assessment period. Applications are submitted by "established" researchers with a solid track record (categories C, B and A), or by "younger" researchers who show potential of becoming established within a five-year period (Y) or becoming future leaders in their field (P).

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online via

  • Register / Login using your ID / passport number and password;
  • Go to the menu on top left of the screen and hover over ‘My applications’ to click on ‘Create application’;

Click on the plus (+) sign next to ‘Rating Call 2019

  • Please follow the online instructions for completing the application.
  • In addition, you may refer to the  Rating Guide compiled by the UCT Research Office (attached to this email)  which includes tips and guidelines for preparing an application, as well as our web page,

  • Please click the “final submit” button once your draft application is complete, which will allow the Research Office to access your application

    UCT internal review of rating applications
  • Applications are reviewed internally prior to submission to the NRF in order to assist with improving submissions and to provide an internal rating assessment which is a requirement of the NRF. Feedback from the internal review will be provided in December (for applications submitted in November) or January (late applications submitted in December). There will also be an opportunity to meet with a UCT panel member if required, to provide further assistance with finalising your application.
  • The internal closing date for rating applications is the week Monday, 12 November - Friday, 16 November 2018.
  • If you are unable to meet the above deadline, the alternative internal closing date is Friday, 14 December 2018 at 9h00.

General Comments

  • Eligibility: In general, all researchers who are employed and remunerated on a full-time, long-term or part-time contract basis at UCT may apply to be rated (refer to eligibility criteria at Postdoctoral fellows must please first check their eligibility before completing an application.
  • Applicants are welcome to contact the Research Office to establish their rating-readiness.
  • If you are a young researcher and completed your PhD in 2013, you will need to apply now in order to be considered for rating in the Y category (40 years and younger) or P category (normally 35 years and younger) as eligibility is established by applying no more than five years after your PhD graduation.



Presentations by Professor Robert Morrell

The NRF rating system is a well-established national benchmark of research performance. UCT has historically performed excellently in this exercise and currently has the highest number of A-rated researchers in the country as well as the highest number of rated researchers. In this seminar Robert Morrell will describe how the system works, what its demands are and how one might go about engaging with the application cycle that has recently opened.

Date: Friday, 5 October 2018             

Time:  10h00 – 11h30

Venue:  Seminar Room, Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray


Repeat of the above

Date: Monday, 22 October 2018                        

Time:  12h15* for 12h30 – 14h00

Venue:  Seminar Room, Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray

Presentation by the Libraries Bibliometrics Working Group

A Bibliometrics workshop will be hosted by the Libraries Bibliometrics Working Group to help researchers extract their citation data, h-index and setting up a Google Scholar Profile.  This information is required to be reported in the rating application.  Citation data and Journal Impact Factors (from Web of Science) will be helpful when preparing the narrative sections of the application. Attendees to bring own laptops. Limited to 16 participants.

Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Time: 9h30 – 11h30

Venue:  Seminar Room, Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray

Presentation by Professor Ed Rybicki

The talk will cover the basics of using the NRF's online application system for rating in terms of how to complete the online application and what to write in the relevant sections. Topics such as how to assess your own publishing impact, and how to maximize your perceived worth will be covered, along with hints on how to effectively use the restrictive format of the application.

Date: Monday, 15 October 2018 

Time:  12h15* for 12h30 – 14h00

Venue:  Seminar Room, Research Office, 2 Rhodes Avenue, Mowbray


Space is limited to 35 participants.

Please RSVP to  at least two days prior to each seminar date.

*Sandwiches and refreshments will be served before the event (only at lunchtime seminars)

Contact persons:

  • UCT Research Office

Jacky Sylvester or call x2689

Roshan Sonday or call x2426

Visit our Research Office website:

  • For technical support, please contact the NRF

NRF Support Desk

            Tel: 012 481 4202 | Fax:  012 481 4010 |