Job Details

  • Province: Eastern Cape
  • Type of engagement: Permanent appointment
  • Posted: March 3rd
  • Remuneration package: The value of the fellowship is R300,000 per annum (tax-exempt), and the fellowship is awarded for a period of one year.

Background to Position

The Directorate for Short-Learning Programmes (DSLPs) through the Centre for Entrepreneurship Rapid Incubator (CfERI) at Walter Sisulu University of Technology is pleased to announce a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for 2023.

The fellowship will entail conducting conceptual and empirical research on entrepreneurship, small business development, develop research skills and provide support to the DSLPs. The ideal candidate should be conversant with SLP, teaching and learning research.

Job Description


  • To advance SLP within the Centre and at an institutional level.
  • To increase research outputs in the DSLP and CfERI at WSU.
  • Writing of research grant or funding proposals.
  • Publish articles in reputable journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
  • Facilitate entrepreneurship, business incubation training.
  • Be involved in initiating and managing research projects.
  • Participate in DSLPs / CfERI research-oriented events, e.g., the Focus Conference.
  • Local Economic Development (LED)

Inherent Criteria


  • A recently earned PhD (not older than 5 years) in any field with demonstrable interest in entrepreneurship, teaching and learning.
  • South African citizens and permanent residents will be given priority, individuals with work permit can also apply.
  • At least four publications in DHET accredited journals


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal relation skills.
  • Team player and collaborator.
  • Competent in research software.

Application Requirement

Please send the applications to Mrs Noxolo Gaqisa copied to  by no later than 14 March 2023.

‍The application should include the following:

(a) a motivation detailing the extent to which they meet the requirements of the position;

(b) Certified copy of ID document;

(c) a Curriculum Vitae including a list of research publications, conference papers, and other scholarly outputs;

(d) certified copies of doctoral degree certificate; and

(e) names of three contactable referees.

Please provide academic transcripts and SAQA evaluation certificate if qualifications were obtained outside South Africa.

WSU reserves the right to not grant the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.‍

About WSU

Walter Sisulu University was established on 1 July 2005 through a merger of the former Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon and the University of Transkei. WSU is a comprehensive university established in terms of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997), as amended. WSU has positioned itself as a gateway institution is improving access to higher education. As a developmental, comprehensive university, WSU offers students a wealth of academic choices, articulation and mobility across the qualifications ranging from certificates to diplomas, degrees and postgraduate studies. Strategically located within the Eastern Cape Province, WSU has a footprint of about 1,000 square kilometres across the urban and rural areas of the region. This provides the University with the platform to engage with the drivers of development so that an appropriate programme and research mix meets the needs of the region, province and the country. WSU focuses on quality academic, technological and career-orientated programmes that provide relevant skills for development in rural and urban areas, placing special emphasis on entrepreneurship.