The Future Professors Programme (Phase 01) serves the best and brightest of a transformed next generation South African professoriate. It is one of six national collaborative initiatives hosted by the Department of Higher Education and Training and individual South African universities. Phase 01 is hosted administratively at the University of Stellenbosch but serves all 26 South African public universities. The programme is designed to complement and supplement next generation initiatives at respective universities and we aim to collaborate with such initiatives.
We prepare early to mid-career academics across the disciplines. Our purpose is to build capacity in the South African national science system by preparing lecturer and senior lecturer equivalent staff for the professoriate. This is a direct response to current inequality in representation in the senior ranks of the academy (associate and full professor levels). This is done through strong cross-disciplinary and inter-university peer networks inside and outside the fellowship programme.