UWC CALL FOR APPLICATIONS POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

UWC CALL FOR APPLICATIONS POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

​DST-NRF CENTRE IN INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS NOTICE

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:  POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Applications Now Open

 INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE SADC REGION

The Department of Science and Technology (DST)-National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS) with its hub at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, has since  2016 launched  The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Scientific Community of Practice (CoP).  The promotion of research and postgraduate training in IKS and Climate Change is one of the strategic research focus areas of the CoP. The objective is to build a critical mass of IKS human capital in the SADC region to enhance the contribution of IKS into the global pool of knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation for sustainable community livelihood and development.

It is on the basis  of this initiative  that  the  CIKS  is issuing a call for  postdoctoral  researchers from research and academic  institutions in the  SADC region  to contribute  to the  research  development  and postgraduate training  (Masters and  doctoral  students) in the  following  IKS and climate  change  research  areas:

(i)Local community understanding of interplay between climate and non-climate factors  on their  livelihood;

(ii)Local community sustenance and interface  of bio-cultural innovations  and modern  scientific  knowledge  systems for climate change  resilience;

(iii)bio-cultural  innovations  in  traditional agricultural systems as best  practices  and  models for sustainability  against  climate change vulnerability

(iv) Linkages between gender,  environment, and climate change in the  SADC countries

(v)The impacts of contemporary agricultural science and extension services on IKS-based climate change resilience strategies

(vi)The role of African indigenous languages and visual arts in communicating indigenous climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies.

(vii)Local community knowledge on indicators of climate change in their  specific  cultural and ecological areas;

(viii) Local community perceptions on the impact of  western science atmospheric weather forecasting on agricultural decision-making practices

(ix) The impact of climate change on indigenous economic systems

(x) Indigenous knowledge systems, climate change, animal and plant health

(xi) Community-based knowledge systems in the context of climate change and waste management

Tenure:  1-2 years renewable

Value of Fellowship:   US $ 20 000 per annum

Location:  University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Closing Date: The deadline for receipt of proposals is Friday, 31 March 2025

For more information contact:

Dr M Chinsamy, Research Manager

DST-NRF Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS)

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Durban

South Africa

chinsamym@ukzn.ac.za

Visit http://aiks.ukzn.ac.za

Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.