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Closing date: Monday, 13 October 2021

The Division of Research Capacity Development (RCD) invites Principal investigators beneficiaries of the Research Capacity Development Initiative (RCDI) funding to submit their expression of their interest to host Postdoctoral Research Fellows and PhD students under the RCDI-Nested Postdoctoral and Scholarship Programmes.

The purpose of the RCDI grant is to provide an opportunity for funding researchers at universities and research institutions previously constrained by inadequate access to resources. The RCDI aims to support research capacity and scientific leadership in areas that contribute to the mandate of SAMRC and demonstrate potential for public health impact. RCDI-nested research fellowship/ scholarship is an intervention programme to accelerate the building of research capacity and scientific leadership by strengthening the research team and improving supervision experience of the RCDI- principal investigators. This will be done by creating opportunities to host and retain early career scientists that have demonstrated the potential to become established researchers.

Current RCDI Principal Investigators are eligible to participate in the expression of interest to host postdoctoral fellows and doctoral studentsIt is expected that the RCDI project will have funding for the period of the fellowship and scholarship. Selected institutions (HDIs) for this request are: University of Fort Hare, University of Limpopo, University of Venda, University of the Western Cape, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Walter Sisulu University, and University of ZululandOnly one postdoctoral fellow and one PhD student may be nominominated for one RCDI-funded project.

RCDI-Nested Postdoctoral Fellowship

Value and Duration of the Award

The value of the fellowship is R350 000.00 per financial year. The RCDI- Research Fellow will be appointed as a researcher for one year renewable up to three years subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funds. The funds will be released once all the requirements are fulfilled and agreement has been signed between the SAMRC, host institution (HDI), the Principal Investigator (PI) and the fellow. Fellows will be obliged to spent 80% of their time on the RCDI project, and 20% on career development.

Eligibility of the Principal Investigator to host a Research Fellow

  • Evidence of an approved research proposal with ethical approval, if applicable
  • Evidence for a proven research supervision and mentorship record
  • Evidence of available support structures and infrastructure to host a postdoctoral researcher
  • Clear plan for academic development for the nominee (mentorship plan).
  • Proof of fair selection/nomination: advertising the post at institutional level for at least five days.

Eligibility for nomination

  • The candidates must be South African citizens or permanent residents, younger than 40 years (nominees over 40 years need a strong motivation and Post-PhD experience less than 3 years).
  • Candidates will have to be within five years of graduating with their PhD health/medical-related research doctorate (Graduation before September 2015 will need a strong motivation).
  • Women and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to candidates from the historically disadvantaged group
  • Full-time employees may not hold an RCDI-Postdoctoral Fellowship

RCDI-Nested PhD Scholarship

Value and Duration of the Award

The value of the scholarship is R200 000.00 per financial year. Renewal of the funding for each year will be subject to receipt of satisfactory progress reports. The funds will be released once all the requirements are fulfilled, and an agreement has been signed between the SAMRC, host institution (HDI), the Principal Investigator (PI) and the student.

Eligibility to Host a Doctoral Student

  • Evidence of an approved research proposal with ethical approval, if applicable
  • Evidence for proven research supervision and mentorship record
  • Evidence of available support structures and infrastructure to host a postdoctoral researcher
  • Plan for academic development for the nominee (mentorship plan)
  • Proof of fair selection/nomination process (advertising at institutional level for at least five days).

Eligibility for nomination

  • The candidates must be South African citizens
  • Candidates must be registered in a health/medical science-related research programmes.
  • Disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to candidates from the historically disadvantaged group
  • Full-time employees may not hold an RCDI-PhD Scholarship.

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, change the conditions of the award, extend the closing date or make no awards at all. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted within 30 days after the closing date. Successful PIs and their nominees will be required to sign a contractual agreement with the SAMRC.

Application process

The expression of interest forms must reach RCD by no later than 11 October 2021. The online expression of interest form must be completed online here.

Please note that by submitting the application and other supporting documents, the SAMRC concludes that you are a competent person to consent and that you are giving consent to the SAMRC to process and further process all personal information contained in the application forms and supporting documents in accordance with the Protection of Personal Information Act, Act No 4 of 2013 (as amended).

A completed expression of interest/nomination form with supporting documentation (as listed on the form) must be sent by the principal investigators to RCDgrants.applications@mrc.ac.za, cc: Ms Asanele Ngcauzele (Asanele.Ngcauzele@mrc.ac.za) before or on Monday, 13 October 2021.

Documentation

Contact details
For further enquiries, contact Dr Frederic Nduhirabandi (frederic.nduhirabandi@mrc.ac.za) or Tel: +27219380461
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