Applications For Government of South Africa Future Professors Programme 2020/2021

Deadline: 15 July 2019

This grant is for a selective, transformative and competitive programme of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) that trains productive and promising early career academics in becoming a new cohort of South African professors.

The South Africa Future Professors Programme provides a structured curriculum that involves international placement and  intensive seminars directed at accelerating the readiness of young academics for the professoriate.

The candidates will be lecturers or senior lectures with a doctorate. They need to display a significant academic achievement beyond their doctoral degrees. You can apply through the designated authority or the university Vice-Chancellor’s office. The university nominates aboutfive candidates for possible selection. The first cohort will consist of 20 to 28 fellows. The programme commences in January 2020 and is open to all academics with the emphasis on black and women scholars.


  • Richness, novelty, and a willingness to take risks in chasing great ideas.
  • Personal qualities of teachability, a need to expand or grown and self-awareness.
  • Evidence of persistence and resilience in the face of setbacks.
  • A willingness to benefit from and contribute to a community of scholars.
  • Commitment to the pursuit of advanced scholarship.
  • Evidence of imaginative and productive work.
  • Early signs of direction and purpose in academic work.

How to Submit Your Application:

  1. A curriculum vitae.
  2. Two-page evidence-based submission explaining how you meet the attributes including a commitment to participate fully in the programme.
  3. Contact details of three referees.
  4. The application should be accompanied by a short institutional nomination by the Vice-Chancellor or the designated authority of your university, addressed to Professor Jonathan Jansen, University of Stellenbosch via the email

Applications are limited to five per university, and only submissions made via the office of the designated authority at your university will be accepted by the 15 July 2019 deadline.

Apply Here