The African Centre for Cities invites applications for the African Urban Futures Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in South Africa for the 2022/23 academic session.
The ACC invites applications from two suitably qualified applicants to apply for these one-year renewable Postdoctoral Research Fellowships. They are renewable for up to a total of two years, depending on satisfactory progress and two positions are available. Beyond the pursuit of their own postdoctoral research, the successful applicant is expected to contribute to the project in one of the following two domains:
- Undertake case study research to identify the emergent pockets of urban development innovation in African cities. Cities that if stitched together, may help create an imaginary of alternative futures for African cities.
- Undertake an analysis of the crucial ‘agents of change’ for this new approach to urban Futures. This will be in conjunction with various urban and city networks and key stakeholders that shape the urban governance landscape in Africa.
As part of Urban Futures Studio and ACC’s intellectual and institutional enterprise, the successful applicant will also be expected to share their work in internal and public forums. Furthermore, they will be able to engage with colleagues in relation to at least one of the areas of existing work and provide mentorship to ACC’s postgraduate student cohort.
Worth of Award
- It would interest you to know that the fellowships are valued at R350,000 per annum and are tenable for one year. They are also renewable for a total of up to two years subject to satisfactory progress.
- Similarly, the fellowships are compliant with the SARS policies/rules and are therefore exempt from taxation.
- Applicants are expected to have completed a doctoral degree in an area of study relevant to urban studies within the past five years. e.g. Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Urban Geography, and related fields.
- They may not previously have held permanent full-time professional or academic posts.
- As the Lab has a pan-African focus, applicants should have an extensive knowledge of cities across at least two different sub-regions of Africa as defined by the United Nations. This could be Southern Africa, East Africa, Middle Africa, West Africa, and Northern Africa) and a track record of relevant research and publication.
- Without a doubt, fluency in English is a requirement and fluency in French will be an advantage.
How to Apply
- A letter of application stating your expertise, research interests, experience, and motivation for this position. Your experience should particularly be with regard to urban research in at least two sub-regions in Africa;
- A two-page concept note on what you see as the key sustainability challenges facing African cities, with some suggested approaches to using future to address those challenges;
- Copies of academic transcripts;
- A CV including a list of publications/scholarly output;
- Names and contact details of at least two academics who have taught, supervised, or worked alongside you.
Deadline: Submission for applications for the African Urban Futures Postdoctoral Research close on June 10, 2022.