Stellenbosch University- Department of Psychology

Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships:
Multilingualism in providing quality mental health care to migrants – needs, resources and practices.

We invite applications for doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships under the auspices of this international study – we are part of a consortium with partners in Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and China.
The doctoral/postdoctoral fellows will perform the following tasks in the project, among others to be negotiated depending on the candidates’ background:

  1. Project management, including management of fieldworkers
  2. Liaison with service providers in the health system
  3. Contributing to systematic review in the area
  4. Data collection and analysis
  5. Writing of academic articles and other outputs
  6. Reporting on financial aspects of the grant
  7. Organising of meetings, minute-taking, liaison with local and international partners

The fellows will join a team of experienced researchers in the field of language and access to health care; the senior academics in the South African team are Professor Christine Anthonissen (General Linguistics) and Professor Leslie Swartz (Psychology), Stellenbosch University.

Ideally, the fellows will undertake part of the research for their doctoral degree/postdoctoral work, but doctoral and postdoctoral candidates working on other projects may apply for part-time work on this project, provided that the terms do not conflict with existing commitments and responsibilities.

We are looking for candidates who:

  1. Have a good academic record
  2. Are organised and self-motivated
  3. Enjoy working in a team but are able to self-manage
  4. Have a background in psychology, linguistics, health systems, sociology or related fields relevant to the project goals
  5. Are interested in learning new research methods and approaches
  6. Ideally, should be able to communicate in more than one South African official language

The project begins on 1 October 2022 and we would like candidates to start as soon as possible. Please direct any queries to Professor Leslie Swartz at

Please submit applications by 15 September 2022. Please include the following in your application:

  1. A full CV and list of publications
  2. Name and contact details of at least three academic or employment referees
  3. A recent example of your academic writing (this can be a published article, a thesis chapter, or other
  4. A cover letter indicating your interest in the project, and your availability.

Please submit all applications in an email with the subject line:


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