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The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences / Centre for Mediation in Africa, University of Pretoria Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Programme 2022


The Centre for Mediation in Africa in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria seeks to radically rethink mediation on the African continent. It is growing its footprint as the leading Centre on mediation research, training, and practice on the continent. The Centre’s flagship programme is on women in mediation in Africa.

In partnership with the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS), the Centre for Mediation in Africa invites applications for Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to advance knowledge in the area of women in mediation in Africa.

Applications must be in line with the following sub-themes in relation to mediation addressing the broad research theme of Transformation, Race, Culture, and Identity. Please indicate in your application which sub-theme(s) you will address and how you will address them.

  • Decolonial feminist perspectives on women in mediation in Africa
  • Women and the mediation tracks
  • Approaches to mediation
  • Obstacles to the inclusion of women in mediation
  • What we can learn from women mediator profiles

The selection of candidates will be primarily based on the merit of the proposal, how the proposed research programme will fit with the themes listed above and the planned research publications.

Fellowship awards
The value of these prestigious fellowships is set by the NIHSS at ZAR 400 000 per annum. The awards cover a monthly stipend, travel costs, accommodation, and basic research expenses. The fellowship cannot be held concurrently with other fellowships or full-time, permanent employment, and all recipients of grants will be required to fulfil the obligations of the program.


  • Applicants must be South African citizens.
  • Applicants must have a PhD in the Humanities and Social Sciences 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.

Submission process
A standard University of Pretoria postdoctoral fellowship application template must be completed and emailed (PDF format) to Applicants will be notified of success by 30 November 2022.

The University of Pretoria supports equal opportunities.

Closing date for applications: 30 October 2022.

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