Research Noticeboard

Monday, 9 December 2019
Postdoctoral fellowship in the epidemiology of HIV-associated tuberculosis

Extended deadline: Postdoctoral fellowship in the epidemiology of HIV-associated tuberculosis


The Fogarty HIV-associated TB Training Program at UCT is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral fellowship in the epidemiology of HIV-associated TB. This is an opportunity to be part of an exciting, active multidisciplinary research team involved in understanding epidemiological aspects of HIV-associated TB through funding from an NIH Fogarty Training grant. The successful fellow will be involved in research in a mentored environment focused on the interface between clinical and spatial epidemiology with implementation science to advance understanding, translate knowledge, and ultimately achieve population-level impact on HIV-associated TB in Western Cape, South Africa. The fellowship projects will leverage the existing rich electronic health information resources of the Western Cape Provincial Health Data Centre (PHDC) and other research databases.

**Extended deadline for applications: 6 January 2020**

Full information on this call is available at

Monday, 2 December 2019
Offer of review & mock interviews for Wellcome proposals

As UCT’s Wellcome Centre, CIDRI-Africa is pleased to offer (time permitting) review and mock interview support for researchers in the Faculty of Health Sciences who are submitting applications to the Wellcome Trust.

This offering include giving input (including advising at conception stage) into draft proposals, and the provision of a thorough mock interview where applicants are invited to interview – for a fellowship or other grant. This has been performed for a number of researchers in the past and proved to be most helpful.

If you are applying to Wellcome, and would like to take the Centre up on its offer, please contact Yolande Harley to discuss (

Monday, 11 November 2019
Call for abstracts: Youth Science Forum 2020

It gives me great pleasure to invite you all to participate at and/or share the (Youth Science Forum) which will be dedicated to youth worldwide from 17-40 years old. The event will be organized by women in science without borders initiative for males and females and will be held at National Research center, Cairo, Egypt from 29th -31st March 2020, Cairo, Egypt. The event is multidisciplinary in fields related to sustainable development as

Water, food, Energy, health, environment and education.

The event will be divided into two parts

1-International conference for young researchers (less than 40 years old) in the previously mentioned fields

2-Students` competition for Egyptian youth from (17-30 year old)

Capacity building training in different topics will be given to all attendees for the forum. Enclosed is the first announcement on the event.

Please find enclosed the detailed announcement

For further information and inquiries:

For more information on WISWB and its` activities

Monday, 21 October 2019
The YEBO! Project - International PhD Funding Opportunities

Dear UCT PhD and Masters Students,

UCT, in partnership with the University of Montpellier, is offering access to a database of international PhD funding opportunities via the YEBO! Project.  The YEBO! Project is a capacity-building project on the internationalisation of doctoral studies in South Africa.  It was launched in 2017 and will end in November 2020, with the aim to:

  • achieve the improvement of the skills of South-African universities concerning the internationalization of PhD Studies;
  • facilitate access to information concerning funding, mobility, and administrative procedures of PhD programs;
  • increase PhD students and staff trained in the internationalization of the PhD studies;
  • promote the internationalization of PhD studies in South Africa and Europe.

UCT has 1,000 licences available to the YEBO! Project platform called Open4Research.  These will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, so if you are interested, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.  To do so, click on OPEN4YEBO and complete the required fields to secure your licence and access the database of funding opportunities.  Please note – you must use your “myuct” or “uct” email address domain to register.  Should you have any questions regarding the registration process, you are welcome to contact Amanda Bessick at


NB: Enquiries regarding individual funding opportunities available on the Open4Research platform must be directed to the appropriate contact person/people listed under that specific opportunity.

Monday, 15 July 2019
Call for Proposals: Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award 2019



Proposals may be submitted directly to the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (deadline: 25 October 2019, see contact details in the enclosed PDF call)


should advice and editorial support in preparing nominations be preferred, via the UCT Research Office (revised internal deadline: 1 October 2019), send all documentation except for referee reports to



This Award focuses unambiguously on excellence and exceptional scholarship. It is granted to candidates of the highest calibre to enable them to undertake a programme of cutting edge, internationally significant work. The Award carries a monetary value of R1.5 million.



  • The Award seeks to attract world-class candidates with visionary ideas based on an exceptionally well-developed grasp of a field or topic;
  • It is intended to enable scholars based in South Africa to undertake a programme of work that will ‘build the academy’ and contribute richly to intellectual life;
  • It aims to strengthen relationships and partnerships between local and international institutions and the Trust.



The Trust will consider candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • UCT researchers who are South African residents;
  • Outstanding achievers who are very well established in their field;
  • Leading international scholars with many years of advanced research and a track record of sustained intellectual effort;
  • Present a submission that describes a clearly focused and specific project that offers a ‘visionary idea’ that represents a paradigm shift in current thinking, seeks to make important discoveries and contribute significantly to new knowledge;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to transferring skills and building capacity in South Africa.


Previous applicants or short-listed candidates are eligible to apply.


Special consideration will also be given to the following points:

·       The value of the proposed work: its particular application to teaching, research and development in South Africa; its potential to push the frontiers of knowledge in the given field or area of interest; its contribution to the advancement or application of knowledge in the service of society;

·       The coherence and practicability of the proposed programme and its feasibility within the limit set for the Award and the given timeframe of approximately one year;

·       The candidate’s proven achievement and the ability to profit from the use of the Award.

  • By proven achievement the Trust would be looking for candidates who have inter alia: attracted research funding on a competitive basis; published peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals or scholarly books through high-profile publishers; successfully supervised graduate students to completion; and secured invitations to, and seats on, international bodies and institutions



Written submissions must be supported by the following information:

·     An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (not exceeding 6 pages);

·     A complete list of publications (by way of an annexure);

·     A brief synopsis in lay terms (2 to 3 A4 pages) of the work to be undertaken, with a  written motivation explaining the reasons for the work;

·     Details of the proposed work programme, including estimated timeframes and budgetary costs (specifying the major components of the budget and associated expenses within the limit set and based on realistic needs) and commentary on the envisaged outputs and outcomes;

  • Referee reports from at least four highly-placed referees of international standing who are familiar with the candidate's work. Referees should be properly briefed about the nature of the Award and its significance so that their remarks are directed appropriately. The reports must be submitted under separate and confidential cover directly to the Trust at 


  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered by the Trust.
  • Only the complete and eligible applications will receive the required institutional endorsement for submission to the Trust.
  • The Trust will engage in a formal selection process and no correspondence on its decision will be entered into.
  • Short-listed candidates or finalists should be available for interviews late January / early February 2020.



Funds will be disbursed in two instalments – an initial payment in advance and the second at the half-way stage, on submission of a progress report to the Trust. The Fellow will be required to submit a reflective report (including commentary on the impact of the work) to the Trust within six months of completion of the programme and undertake to deliver a public lecture on the work.

Monday, 8 April 2019
Joint NAM S&T Centre - ICCBS Fellowship in Natural Products Chemistry, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals: Call for Applications for 2019-20

Joint NAM S&T Centre-ICCBS Fellowship for 2019-20

Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing

Countries ICCBS Fellowship in Natural Products Chemistry, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals:

Call for Applications for 2019-20

Enquiries and submissions must be directed to

Fellowship guidelines and application form attached or visit

The NAM S&T Centre is pleased to invite applications from suitable candidates for the Joint NAM S&T Centre - ICCBS Fellowship in Natural Products Chemistry, Drugs and Pharmaceuticals for the year 2019-20.

This Fellowship is offered to scientists and researchers of the Member Countries of the NAM S&T Centre for affiliation with the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) of the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan [] for a period of up to 3 months to work in the areas of Natural Products Chemistry, Herbal Medicines, Drugs, Pharmaceuticals and Neutraceuticals, Molecular Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Structural biology, Nanotechnology, Proteomics and Genomics, Drug Research, Clinical Research etc. in order to enhance their research skills, facilitate exchange of information and contacts and create a network between the scientists and researchers from Pakistan and other developing countries. Under this scheme, The NAM S&T Centre pays the return international airfare from the home country to Karachi to the selected Fellows only from those Member Countries of the NAM S&T Centre or Members of the NAM S&T – Industry Network, which have no outstanding dues towards the annual membership subscription to the Centre. The ICCBS provides free furnished accommodation and a monthly allowance of US$250 for meals and out of pocket expenses to the selected Fellows.

Applications recommended by the parent institutions of the applicants may be submitted to the NAM S&T Centre through E-mail in the relevant format.

There is no last date for submitting applications and selection will be made on first-cum-first basis strictly based on the professional details of the applicant, plan of work to be carried out and mutual research interests of the applicant and ICCBS. Copies of the guidelines for the Fellowship and the application form are attached (also available at the Centre’s Website

Scientists from countries which are not the Members of the NAM S&T Centre, and also Pakistan, are not eligible to apply for this Fellowship. Lists of the Member countries and the NAM S&T – Industry Members of the Centre and the details of the Focal Points of the Centre in these countries/ Network Members are available at the Centre’s Website

Announcement, guidelines and application form

Application Form for NAM S&T Centre - ICCBS Fellowship

NAM Centre- CV Format

Monday, 18 February 2019
NEW Award available to 3rd Year SSM Students in Endocrinology

NEW Award available to 3rd Year SSM Students in Endocrinology - £300 for best research project mark

A £300 award is available for third year special study module (SSM) students who undertake their research projects in the Division of Endocrinology.  

The award is made available through the auspices of the Society of Endocrinology, UK to a student who achieves the best mark for the SSM project conducted in Endocrinology.

It will be awarded each year for three years. Recipients will also attend the annual conference of the Society of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa (SEMDSA). For further information click here


Monday, 21 January 2019
Funding opportunity: Point-of-care technologies

Funding opportunity: Point-of-care technologies


The Center for Innovation in Point-of-Care Technologies for HIV/AIDS at Northwestern University (C-THAN) is funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the NIH. C-THAN seeks collaborative research projects to develop novel point-of-care technologies (POCT) aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment monitoring of HIV/AIDS and co-morbidities in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). If successful, projects should be viable candidates for commercial development. Awards will be up to $100,000.

See the full solicitation for more details:

Monday, 21 January 2019
URC Conference Travel Grants 2019 - 2020

The call for Conference Travel Grant applications will be opening shortly. Round 1 applications will open for all National and International conferences taking place between 1 July and 31 December 2019.

If your conference is taking place between 01 March 2019 and 30 June 2019, please submit an ad hoc application form.

The second call for applications (Round 2) will open during August 2019 for all conferences taking place between 1 January and 30 June 2020.

The purpose of the award is to allow recipients to present the results of their recent research to a relevant audience at a conference or meeting of appropriately high academic standing.

Please note: URC Conference Travel funds should not be the primary source of funding for applicants as the URC is unable to fund 100% of eligible costs.

For more information please contact Jacqueline Sylvester at

Thursday, 3 January 2019
Call for applications: Phase 2 of the DHET University Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP)

Call for applications

Phase 2 of DHET University Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP)


Closing date: 25 January 2019


Applications must be completed online via this link (click here)

(Applicants to please email Amanda Barratt a brief summary for UCT’s internal tracking of submissions)


The Department of Higher Education and Training (the Department) is implementing the University Staff Doctoral Programme (USDP). The first Phase of this programme was launched in July 2018 with the Department partnering with the United States universities in supporting the development of academics who are employed by South African Universities specifically to pursue PhDs/Doctoral studies. The Department has partnered with the British Council to initiate the second Phase of the USDP which is planned to commence in the academic year of 2019. This is a DHET – British Council partnership to implement the next phase of the USDP through collaborations between South African and UK universities.

Universities are therefore invited and encouraged to take this opportunity of leading a USDP programme that will see our academics enrolling for PhDs/Doctoral studies in collaboration with UK universities. The Call will close on 25 January 2019.

This is a call for universities to apply for a grant to enable partnership discussions and joint programme development in support of doctoral training for South African academics. This is an exciting opportunity to forge new links and partnerships and to strengthen existing links between SA and UK universities.

This collaboration grants call is a preparatory phase for the USDP Phase 2 proposal submissions where SA-UK universities will be required to submit their final proposals in support of doctoral training for academics at SA institutions. Through this call a maximum of 15 grants to the value of GBP 5,000-10,000 (ZAR 180,000) will be awarded to SA and UK universities.

Attached is a summary of the call.

Please follow the link below for applications: