The National Research and Development Strategy of 2002 identified the need for a new generation of scientists to underpin the central thrust of innovation. In response, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) commits an annual investment towards the development of postdoctoral fellows under a programme called the Innovation Postdoctoral Research Fellowships.The objectives of the Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme are to: -enable young scientists and professionals to access world class strategic and applied research opportunities in an academic environment and thereby strengthen their curriculum vitae and consequently improve their career progression prospects in the national system of innovation;· attract young scientists and professionals of the highest caliber in order to complement senior researchers influence on innovation through research; and support young scientists and professionals in strategic, basic and applied research with the intention of promoting of innovation.
-Fellowships are open to bonafide South African citizens and permanent residents with doctoral degrees. Thirty percent (30%) of recipients may be foreign citizens including applicants from the SADEC region. -All applicants must have graduated less than five years ago in natural science or engineering or technology aligned with the technology missions and frontier programmes of the Department of Science and Technology. -These shall include but not be limited to the science missions, grand challenges and other strategic areas for research in South Africa. -South Africans studying abroad who wish to return to continue their research at local universities will be encouraged to apply. Full time employees of Higher Education Institutions are not eligible to apply.