Urban studies postdoctoral fellowship available at ACC

Friday, 2 November 2018

The African Centre for Cities (University of Cape Town) has advertised a postdoctoral research fellowship in the field of urban studies, with a focus on Southern urbanism.

Scope of Postdoctoral Fellowship

The postdoctoral fellowship is focused on urban studies, and the emerging field of Southern urbanism. The candidate will have expertise in: qualitative social research, with a firm grounding in social theory and an interest in the global South. Familiarity with (social) design literature and pedagogy would have to be achieved during the course of the Fellowship.

The specific tasks of the incumbent are to:

  • Form an active part of the new MPhil Urban Studies – Southern Urbanism programme;
  • Support the teaching effort of the programme, particularly the City Research Studio;
  • Produce scholarly articles that are publishable in international journals, book chapters, blogs and contributions to the media in general;
  • Participate in the activities of the African Centre for Cities; and
  • Compile a systematic record of the design and implementation process of the Urban Studies – Southern Urbanism programme.

All these tasks will be carried out in close consultation with various ACC staff members and under the supervision of Prof Sophie Oldfield.


Applicants are expected to have completed a doctoral degree in an area of study relevant to the scope of the Fellowship within the past five years (e.g. geography, sociology, anthropology, architecture, planning, urban design, etc.).

Applicants may not previously have held full-time permanent professional or academic posts.

Successful candidates, as part of professional and intellectual development, will be required to participate in departmental activities such as limited teaching and supervision and duties incidental thereto.

Value & Tenure

The value of the fellowship is ZAR 200,000 per year over a twenty-four month period. The fellowship is non-renewable for twenty-four months. The fellowship does not include relocation costs or fringe benefits. Conference grants may be available on application. The incumbent will be provided with a desk and appropriate access rights to use the research facilities of the University of Cape Town. The fellowship will start in January 2019.

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted by 15 November 2018 and consist of:

Selection Process

Eligible and complete applications will be considered by the Director of the African Centre for Cities and a sub-committee.

Submission of Applications

Please submit applications to Maryam Waglay of the African Centre for Cities by e-mailing to maryam.waglay@uct.ac.za or posting/delivering to Maryam Waglay, African Centre for Cities, Room 2.10, Environmental and Geographical Science Building, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701. Please state in the e-mail subject line or on the letter/envelope that this is an ‘Application for the ACC Urban Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship’.

For enquiries regarding the position please contact Dr António Tomás.

The University of Cape Town reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications. The University of Cape Town reserves the right to change the conditions of award or to make no awards at all.

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