Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Geography

University of the Free State Social Studies Education

Faculty of Education
Geography/Social Studies Education 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2021

Job ID: 3913

The University of the Free State (UFS) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Geography. Candidates interested in pursuing an academic or professional career in Geography research, with special focus on Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System targeted at development of Monitoring ecological changes in mountainous environment using Geospatial Analysis are encouraged to apply. The fellowship will enable an outstanding doctoral graduate to obtain experience of research and innovation at a higher education institution under the mentorship of established researchers.

The fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis, taking into account the applicants' academic achievements, publication outputs and research potential, as well as the relevance of prior experience and expertise. The fellowship is available for a period of one year, renewable for up to three years subject to satisfactory performance.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct innovative research in the following areas: Geography Education, Social Studies Education, and Cybersecurity Education.
  • Author/co-author at least three (3) publication outputs per year in the form of DHET– accredited scholarly journal articles or books/chapters in books. The renewal of the fellowship beyond the first year depends on satisfactory performance and the submission of an annual progress report.
  • Do limited teaching in the Programmes Geography and History Education where appropriate.
  • Provide limited supervision and/or co-supervision at Honours, Master’s and/or Doctoral level where appropriate.
  • Register and reside as postdoctoral research fellow at the UFS and participate in relevant activities of the School of Postgraduate Studies and the Directorate of Research.
  • The successful candidate will be required to conduct innovative research and obtain evidenced-based empirical data on current educational developments in Afromontane schools in Eastern Free State.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Open to all South African and foreign nationals for full-time research at the University if the Free State.
  • Graduated with a PhD degree in Geography Education/Social Studies Education or a relevant discipline within the last five years.
  • Successful applicants may not hold full-time salaried employment during the fellowship.
  • Successful applicants must be able to relocate to the UFS for the duration of the fellowship. This is a residential fellowship: the successful applicant is required to spend 80% of her/his postdoctoral period at the UFS Bloemfontein/QwaQwa Campus.

Value of the fellowship:

  • R 220,000 annual fellowship.
  • R 30,000 additional research expenses fund.


To apply, please email the following documentation by 6 August 2021 to: 

  • Motivation letter detailing postdoctoral research agenda including a 1-2 page outline of relevant expertise and experience.
  • Full CV including a list of research publications, conference papers and other scholarly outputs.
  • Full transcripts of academic record and copy of doctoral degree certificate.
  • A copy of at least two manuscript produced that have the potential to be converted or submitted for publication in accredited journals or may have already been published.
  • Copy of ID document (or copy of passport in the case of foreign applicants).
  • Contact details of two academic referees who have taught/supervised the candidate.

Closing date:

6 August 2021.

Commencement of fellowship:

As soon as possible.

For enquiries, please contact:

Dr. Olugbenga IGE: Email:


The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.


UFS staff members can log onto PeopleSoft, click Self Service, Recruiting, and Careers to apply online.