The Claude Leon Foundation (“the Foundation”) is offering Postdoctoral Fellowships for research in the faculties of Science, Engineering and Medical Sciences to be conducted at universities and some institutes in South Africa. The Fellowship will be awarded for two years and is worth R275 000 per annum in 2017.
understood that, subject to formal application by
the host university/institution to the South African
Revenue Services, the Fellowship should be exempt
from South African tax although the Foundation can
give no guarantee. It is the responsibility of the
recipient of the Fellowship to ensure that their tax
liability (if any) has been assessed.
The Fellowships are open to South African
and foreign nationals.
Entirely within the discretion of the
Foundation, one economy class return flight
may be awarded to those coming from outside
South Africa. The Foundation must be
informed immediately of any supplementary
travel grants and the conditions pertaining
thereto which the Fellows may receive. The
Foundation reserves the right to adjust or
cancel its translocation allowance without
Fellowships are awarded on a competitive
basis, taking the applicants’ academic
achievements and potential as researchers
into account. No discussion will be entered
into after the award of the Fellowships.
Candidates should have received their PhDs
within the last five years.
Preference will be given to candidates who
are currently under-represented in South
African Science, Engineering and Medical
It is preferable, but not obligatory, that a
candidate will undertake his/her
postdoctoral research project in a
department other than the one where his/her
doctoral degree was obtained.
wish to remain in the same department where
they completed their PhD should explain this
An accompanying motivation from
the prospective supervisor is also required.
The Fellowship will lapse if it is not taken
up within 12 months of the offer.
An applicant who has not completed his/her
PhD at the time the Fellowship is offered
(usually October) must have at least
submitted the PhD thesis by the end of the
calendar year in which the offer is made. In
those circumstances the Foundation will
require written assurance from the
applicant’s PhD supervisor that the PhD
thesis has been submitted and there is a
reasonable expectation that the doctoral
degree will be awarded.
In the case where the award of a PhD is
imminent and the thesis has been submitted
and the Foundation has received written
assurance from the PhD supervisor that the
doctoral degree will be awarded, the
Foundation may allow the postdoctoral
studies to begin and some initial payment to
be made in terms of the Fellowship but will
need to be assured of the success of the
PhD. On application half of the award may be
given before the PhD has been awarded. This
grant would be subject to the rules of the
The Fellowship cannot be held concurrently
with any supplementary funding without the
prior written consent of the Foundation.
This written consent should be requested
annually. The Foundation does not give
part grants and would need to be informed of
any conditions that the other grantor has
placed on its award. Where the grantee
receives substantial supplementary funding
from another source, it is recognized that
both the Foundation and the other grantor
may be regarded as co-funders. In those
circumstances both the Foundation and the
other grantor should be acknowledged as
stipulated in paragraph 19 below, and on the
basis that neither funder be regarded as the
The Fellowship must be undertaken in South
Africa. If a Fellow wishes to conduct some
research outside of South Africa the
Trustees will consider allowing this up to a
maximum of two months over a two year period
and subject to written motivation by the
Fellow and his/her Supervisor. The
Foundation reserves the right to refuse such
If a Fellow wishes to change his/her
research project, supervisor or host
institution for which the Fellowship was
awarded, details must be submitted in
writing to the Foundation’s administrator
for consideration and approval in writing by
the Foundation prior to such a change.
Maternity Leave: On application, a maximum
of four months paid maternity leave will be
granted to Fellows. The completion date of
the Fellowship will be extended by the
number of months maternity leave taken. This
extended period will also be funded.
The agreement of the supervisor and a
doctor’s certificate will be required.
Fellows, after having completed their first
year of Fellowship, may apply to the
Trustees for one travel grant per Fellowship
up to a maximum of R45,000 to attend (before
completion of the Fellowship) an
international conference for the purpose of
presenting a paper or poster. The Foundation
reserves the right to adjust or cancel its
conference travel grant without prior
notice. All other sources of conference
funding should be disclosed.
As the primary purpose of the Fellowship is
to enable the Fellow to undertake a
significant piece of publishable research,
teaching should average no more than three
hours per teaching week in term time. The
Foundation expects that the subject taught
would relate to the main thrust of the
Fellow’s research interests and not simply
to the department’s needs.
To continue into the 2nd year of the
Fellowship, Fellows should submit a written
progress report at least two months before
the start of the second year. This would
normally be by the end of October. This
should be endorsed by their supervisor and
approved by the Foundation before
commencement of the second year.
As a recipient of the Claude Leon
Postdoctoral Fellowship, all Fellows are
expected to acknowledge the support of the
Foundation when interviewed, in publications
and on any documents (abstracts included)
for which the Foundation has given funding
e.g. conference funding.
Should the successful candidate have also
requested funding from the NRF, the
Foundation will require a letter of
withdrawal of the application for such funds
before acceptance of a Fellowship grant
offer from the Foundation as we understand
the NRF do not allow concurrent funding.
If a Fellow completes his/her research
before the end of the period for which the
Fellowship has been awarded, the award will
be decreased on a pro rata basis depending
on the month in which the Fellow completes
the research. The Fellow should refund the
university/host institution any money paid
him/her covering a period after the Fellow
has completed his/her Fellowship or his/her
Fellowship has terminated. This should be
refunded to the Foundation by the host
institution within 30 days of completion or
termination of the Fellowship.
One calendar months’ notice must be given
should the Fellow wish to withdraw from the
Fellowship. It is the responsibility of
the Fellow, Supervisor and the
University to advise the Foundation
of any withdrawal.
Fellows must submit, no later than three
months after the end of tenure or on
withdrawal from the Fellowship, a
comprehensive report on the research funded
by the Foundation; this should include a
report from the supervisor.
Applications will be considered at one
closing date (usually the 31st May) to be
announced each year.
The Selection Committee will comprise senior
academics and will include representatives
of the Royal Society of South Africa and
will make recommendations to the Trustees of
the Foundation who will make the final
decision. The Fellowships will normally be
taken up in January each year.
Completed Postdoctoral Application Forms
must be submitted to the host institution at
which the applicant hopes to undertake the
Fellowship. Sections J, K, L and M of the
application form must be dealt with by the
university/host institution of choice. These
universities/host institutions will ensure
that applications forms are signed by the
appropriate host institution authorities,
and that all copy documents are
These forms should be scanned and emailed to
PLEASE NOTE THAT WHEN APPLYING FOR A
FELLOWSHIP, INCOMPLETE AND UNSIGNED FORMS
WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.