Position Available: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

We are inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position for anyone with a PhD who is interested in focussing on the financial dimensions of South Africa’s renewable energy programme (REIPPPP).


The CST has a large research programme investigating the developmental impacts of the utility-scale renewable energy projects in developing countries. Of particular interest to the centre is the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and the socio-economic impacts of the nearly 100 REIPPPP projects. Most of these projects are located in South Africa’s small towns, thus informing the CST’s larger interest in the urban/spatial implications of the global energy transition. South Africa and the REIPPPP serve as an important case study.

  • Preferred candidates should have a background in energy studies, development finance, environmental economics, sustainability transitions or other relevant fields
  • Applications are open to South African and non-South African candidates
  • We can offer a bursary of R150 000 per annum (funded via the National Research Foundation, which is exempt from tax) plus a top up amount and research expenses over a two-year period
  • Ideally applicants should already be familiar with the workings of the renewable energy programme, in particular the financial aspects of the various projects, the involvement of local and international investors and the role of development finance institutions, for example
  • The fellowship position is an opportunity to interrogate the contribution of the REIPPPP to broad-based economic transformation in South Africa, and contribute to an understanding of the financing of a transition to a low-carbon economy
  • In addition to participating in the CST-based research group in ways to be negotiated given time and travel constraints, the post-doctoral researcher will be expected to compile and publish two academic journal articles per year in recognised international journals

There is already an established research base from which to proceed that will be made available to the applicant. Please contact megandavies@sun.ac.za for research related questions.


  • Applicants are required to have achieved the doctoral degree within the last five years
  • Relevant experience of working in South Africa, particularly energy and / or finance related sectors
  • Applicants should have excellent analytical writing and communication skills in English
  • The tenure of the fellowship is one year, and renewal for one further year is contingent on satisfactory academic progress
  • Starting date: March 2017 or earliest date thereafter

Submit applications to Prof Mark Swilling swilling@sun.ac.za and Megan Davies megandavies@sun.ac.za by 16 January 2017. For full details of application details, please download this pdf.




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The Postgraduate & International Office (PGIO) and the Division for Research Development (DRD) administer the national and international postdocs for new and renewed positions at Stellenbosch University. For more information visit the postdoctoral research website.