Mellon Scholarships in Linguistics Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCT in South Africa 2020


The Linguistics Section in the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics invite applications for one post-doctoral fellowship for 2020.

The scholarships are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and preference will be given to black South African students who are committed to creating new, critical and decolonized scholarship on language.

The Linguistics Section at the University of Cape Town is a research-intensive unit with particular expertise in socio linguistics and multilingualism, and the post-doctoral fellow will work closely with Prof. Ana Deumert on a project within the broad field of decolonial archives and southern theory in linguistics.

Value of Scholarship

The award is for 12 months, starting in January 2020, and the value is Rand 198.000.


  • Applicants must hold a PhD (obtained within the past five years) for the Post-doctoral scholarship.
  • In the subject line, please indicate: Mellon Postdoctoral.
  • Please submit a detailed and updated CV, copies of academic transcripts, a motivation letter as well as a short proposal of the research you are thinking of doing.
  • Names and contact details of three academic referees.
  • Conditions of the fellowship (as per SARS and UCT guidelines): The applicant needs to have obtained their PhD within the past five years and may not previously have held full-time professional and academic posts; no allowances or benefits are included in the value of the scholarship; the successful incumbent will be required to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practices for the postdoctoral sector.

How to Apply

  • The Mellon scholarship funding is guided by the University of Cape Town’s application policies, rules, procedures and funding limits.
  • Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.
  • Applications will be assessed by a departmental committee

Deadline: applications Close November 15, 2019.

Click here for more details and to apply(PDF)


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