Fellowships 2018

Centre for Indian Studies in Africa

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2018


Two postdoctoral research fellowships are available in the fields of knowledge from the Global South and the history and anthropology of the Indian Ocean. Candidates must have been awarded a PhD in the social sciences or humanities (including visual and performing arts) in the last five years in the field of the Social Sciences and Humanities. The fellowship is tenable for two years maximum, with renewal after one year based on performance and progress. The package consists of stipend @ R 198 432 per annum tax free; research costs @ R 10 000 on application per annum; relocation costs (including airfare) up to R 10000 once off and Medical aid.

The Centre for Indian Studies in Africa was established in 2009. Our theoretical focus seeks to move beyond national histories and works with the idea of transnational affinities across the Indian Ocean and the conceptual space of the global south. With regard to temporality, we ask the question of what it means to think before, beside and beyond the space of colonialism and that of modernity contending with genealogies that engage with an abbreviated time of 500 years. Finally, there is the exigent programme of engaging with knowledge from the spaces of Islam, the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia and Africa to redress the hegemony of a Euro American paradigm in our universities and in our intellectual production.

Selected candidates will be required to undertake focused and high quality research; publish their research work; engage in teaching one course at the undergraduate level (optional); and assist in the organisation of a workshop/conference on theme/s related to their research and the intellectual programme of the Centre

Please send your CV; statement of proposed research (not more than 5 pages maximum); and three references directly to the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa by 31 October 2017

Selected candidates should take up the fellowship no later than January 2018.


For further information and application submission contact Prof Dilip M Menon (Dilip.menon@wits.ac.za) or Kagiso Makoe, Administrative Officer (kagiso.makoe@wits.ac.za)


The University is committed to employment equity and equal opportunity, but is always focused on academic excellence. The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by candidates.