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Postdoctoral Technical Skills Development Grant

The IDM is a research-intensive institute that strives to be at the forefront of international technological developments within its areas of interest. We recognise that exposing our young researcher scientists to the best technological training opportunities is a key aspect to achieve this goal. We further recognise that historical inequality also occurred within the academic research sector as it had in many other sectors of South Africa society.

We are therefore seeking applications from Post Doctoral Research Fellows from Historically Disadvantaged South Africans (B, C, I) to submit and motivate for skills development training in technologies that will add value to the research effort of the IDM.

The IDM is offering 2 Technical Skills Development Awards (R50 000 each) towards international travel and subsistence for successful applicants. The award must be taken up in 2019.


To qualify as an applicant you must adhere to the following:

  • Be South African by birth
  • Be a member of a group classified as historically disadvantaged (Black, Coloured, Indian)
  • Belong to a member group associated with the IDM (Full and Associate Members only)
  • Be within the first 3 years post PhD in 2019, i.e you should have started your post-doctoral studies in 2017
  • Be applying to be trained in a technology not offered at UCT


To apply you must provide:

  1. A letter of offer for the specific training from the institute you intend to visit
  2. A letter of support from your supervisor
  3. An updated CV
  4. A two-page motivation

The two-page motivation should speak to which skills you seek to acquire that cannot be obtained at UCT and how acquiring those skills will benefit the IDM.  Please also state how you will share the knowledge and skills gained with colleagues within the IDM. You may make use of the IDM Master class or special seminars programme to share the knowledge and skills gained.


Adjudication criteria include:

  • A clear need for the skills which will be acquired, both for the applicant and for the IDM
  • How the skills which will be acquired will be shared to the benefit of the IDM

An independent panel will assess the applications and no correspondence will be entered into.


Submit your application here