The Claude Leon Foundation


The flagship educational initiative of the Claude Leon Foundation is the Postdoctoral Fellowship programme in the sciences, now in its twentieth year. The main goal of the programme is to help build research capacity in South African universities and research institutions. The Foundation funds both South African and foreign postdoctoral scientists in Science, Engineering and Medical Sciences to increase the volume and quality of research output, develop and transfer technical skills, and generally enhance the research culture in South Africa.

Applications for fellowships are considered on a competitive basis and are open to all South Africa’s tertiary institutions. The awards are for two years and from 2017 are valued at R275,000.00 per year; fellows can also apply for relocation costs from abroad, and support for international conference attendance.

Since its inception the Foundation has spent approximately R165 million on the programme and supported over 535 postdoctoral fellows. The largest beneficiaries of the programme to date have been the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Witwatersrand and Pretoria.



Postdoctoral Fellowship Terms and Conditions
(Updated 13 November 2018)

Postdoctoral Fellowship Offers

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