The Future Professors Programme (Phase 01) is a flagship programme of the Department of Higher Education and Training. It is a national, collaborative initiative, aimed at developing the qualities of academic excellence and leadership in university scholarship in order to contribute to the development of a future South African professoriate.
Each year in June all South African public universities are invited to nominate five eligible scholars for selection to a two year fellowship. The fellowship consists of three cohorts of 20 to 30 fellows. The programme is designed to help create synergies that will benefit the fellows upon entering the professoriate and to cascade to the broader next generation South African academic populace to encourage:
Applicants should hold a doctorate in any discipline and already have a track-record of some academic achievement that would signal advancement to the professoriate. An NRF rating is not required, but would be an advantage.
Our fellows typically – but not exclusively – come from the lecturer and senior lecturer ranks.
The FPP is inclusive and open to applications from all permanent academic staff at South African universities who meet the rigorous criteria for selection. However, we do prioritize black and woman scholars.
Five prospective fellows are nominated each year by the designated authority of each of the 26 South African public universities. The programme cannot accept direct applications. For the name of your designated authority, please contact us at email@example.com.
The third and final call for this phase of the Future Professors Programme has closed.
Jonathan Jansen is Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Stellenbosch and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
He started his career as a Biology teacher in the Cape and holds a PhD from Stanford as well as honorary doctorates from Edinburgh, Vermont, Cleveland State and the University of Cape Town.
He is the author of the award-winning book, Knowledge in the Blood (Stanford University Press) and his recent books include The decolonization of knowledge (Cambridge University Press, with Cyrill Walters) and Corrupted: A study of chronic dysfunction in South African universities (Wits University Press).
He was recently elected to membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds an A1rating from the National Research Foundation.