Postdoctoral Fellowship in Scriptures in South Africa is open to a postdoctoral fellow from any recognized and accredited tertiary institution in South Africa or abroad.

The successful postdoctoral fellow will be required to plan, set up, and implement a qualitative empirical project in which the hermeneutical strategies that determine the pluriformity of interpretations of the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam can be described and analysed.

The desire is that such an initial descriptive project will lead the project team to a deeper understanding of the dynamics of interpretation in the three scriptural traditions, as well as to how the dynamics of interpretation impact on dialogue between these traditions. It will be expected of the successful candidate to utilise descriptive qualitative instruments that had been developed in former projects on intercultural Bible reading for the benefit of this new project. The project team is well aware of the fact that such a qualitative empirical project will need more than two years to complete, and will therefore plan the required progress in the period of the fellowship in consultation with the successful candidate after appointment. The agreements will be formalised in a memorandum of understanding. The successful candidate will have full access to the SU library and research facilities. Further needs in terms of research infrastructure will be finalised in consultation with the successful candidate and the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University.

Area of postdoctoral research project: A qualitative analysis of the hermeneutical dynamics operative in the interpretation of the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Worth of Award

  • Typically R180 000 per annum, renewable for a second year (2020), depending on satisfactory research progress and outputs.
  • [Take note that this is a bursary without any employee benefits, and that all further expenses such as travel and costs for moving to Stellenbosch/Western Cape will be the responsibility of the successful candidate.]


  • A PhD from any recognised and accredited tertiary institution in South Africa or abroad;
  • The PhD must have been obtained after 1 January 2014 (thus no longer than 5 years ago);
  • The research field of the PhD must have been in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Qur’an studies, or religion studies, or any related field;
  • The PhD study must have included a hermeneutical focus.


• A keen interest in the interpretation of the scriptures of any (or all) of the three monotheistic religious traditions represented in South Africa;

• Some exposure to, or experience in, qualitative research methods;

• A team player with an openness towards critical engagement and research development.

How to Apply

  • Send (i) a cover letter, (ii) a CV (with full particulars of previous studies, research foci and experience), and (iii) the names and contact details of three referees (of which one should be the doctoral supervisor) to prof Louis Jonker ([email protected]).
  • Also send (iv) an abstract of no more than 500 words of how you would plan and implement the proposed postdoctoral project as described in the appendix.
  • Only full aplications (as indicated above) will be accepted.

Deadline: applications Close 31 October 2018 by 12:00 noon


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