30 June 2020

Opportunity Description


The Wits School of Arts hereby invites applications for this fellowship, which will be awarded by the Arts Research Africa project under a prestigious grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance arts research in the WSOA.
Applications can hereby be made for a Postdoctoral Fellowship of ONE YEAR’S duration, beginning in September 2020. The value of the Fellowship is R200 000 per annum. We particularly encourage applications from candidates who have an interdisciplinary focus in their arts research.

Candidates who would like to be considered for this fellowship should submit their CV and an academic transcript, together with a letter of motivation of not more than two typed/printed A4 pages via email, to Zanele Madiba at info.ara@wits.ac.za, by the deadline listed above.

Your CV should provide information on the following;

  • Conferences attended (indicate names of presentations given)
  • Recent community service activities
  • Prizes won
  • Peer-reviewed publications
  • Leadership positions held
  • Languages are spoken
  • Citizenship

Your letter of motivation should address the following:

  • A description of your PhD research and its contribution to arts research.
  • Your current activities (eg. completing PhD student, Postdoc Fellow, Lecturer, Unemployed).
  • A brief description of the research that you intend to undertake during your ARA postdoctoral fellowship in WSOA. Please explicitly address how your proposed research will advance artistic research in South Africa/Africa.

Depending on the nature of your research, the successful recipient of the ARA postdoctoral fellowship will be expected to produce at least two peer-reviewed publications during the year of the residency (or the creative research equivalent, or a combination of publication(s) and creative work). Ideally, the research should be published in journals that are found in the ISS index of journals. If there is a particular reason why it is more appropriate to publish the work in local journals, then they should be journals ‘accredited’ with the DHET.

The recipient of the fellowship is also expected to contribute to the research ethos of the Wits School of Arts. This contribution may involve participation in the School’s journal of creative research (www.ellipses.org.za), postgraduate supervision, and participation in seminars, symposia, and colloquia in the School’s Arts Research Africa programme.

How to Apply

Applications for this postdoctoral fellowship should be sent to Zanele Madiba at info.ara@wits.ac.za by 30 June 2020.

If you need further information on the fellowship, please contact Prof Christo Doherty at christo.doherty@wits.ac.za