Early Career Research Leadership Fellowship (ECRLF)

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The University of Pretoria is excited to announce a new Early Career Fellowship that aims to develop research leadership for the African Bioeconomy. Capacity in this focus area is crucial to help address Africa's most urgent challenges and opportunities for sustainable and inclusive development.

The fellowship has unique elements that focus on both technical research and leadership skills development. It will aim to support the development of the research base at the fellows’ institutions, and build a longer-term collaboration to develop sustainable and high potential research programs. This will help to bridge the chasm between the completion of a Ph.D. and having an established research program. The ultimate goal of the fellowship is not only to produce excellent science, but to support the development of new centres of research excellence in Africa, one young research leader at a time.

The fellowship hopes to attract applications on topic areas such as technological and non-technological exploitation of natural resources to improve human health, address food security, ecological issues and climate change as influencers of bioeconomic advancement, the politics of the bioeconomy, including tensions around land and food security and economic growth, income insecurity and inequality, and the cultural perspectives and practices that influence human interactions with the natural environment.

The complexity and scale of the development challenge, as captured by the objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the AU2063 strategy, require a goal oriented and interconnected approach to research. For this reason, this program focuses on transdisciplinarity to connect various disciplines and sectors affected by or engaging with specific goals, from research institutions to governments, industry and broader society. The intent of the program is to stimulate a problem-oriented form of research which combines interdisciplinarity with the participation of extra-scientific actors for mutual learning and sustainable solutions in a real-world context.

This fellowship forms part of the programs hosted by Future Africa, an Institute at the University of Pretoria. The Future Africa campus will create a dynamic living, learning and research environment where a community of scholars and a range of other leading minds can engage to advance excellence in scholarship, dialogue and social responsibility across disciplines, cultures and generations. Future Africa proposes a new model for research and science leadership training in Africa at the intersection of disciplines, industry, government and civil society, within collaborations linked to global research networks.

The University of Pretoria (UP) is a research-intensive university that takes pride in its focus on research that matters, and its engagement with the challenges faced by developing regions, and Africa, in particular. UP is one of the oldest (established 1908) and largest Universities in Africa (>59000 students, approximately 14000 of which are postgraduate students). UP conducts training and research across the whole spectrum of knowledge fields. This fellowship is aligned with the Universities internationalisation goals with a focus on Africa, as well as its focus on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York, America’s oldest grant making foundation, was established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation's work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: international peace, the advancement of education and knowledge, and the strength of our democracy. 

The call is now open and early career researchers are invited to apply before 30 April 2018.