AMARI Postdoctoral Research Fellowship


African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI)

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Public Mental Health)

The overall goal of AMARI is to build an Africa-led network of mental, neurological and substance use researchers in Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe, who are equipped to lead high quality mental health research programmes that meet the needs of their countries.

The AMARI fellowships funded by the UK Wellcome Trust have been established to provide support for one Post-doctoral Fellow to join the team in the Centre for Public Mental Health, in the Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health at the University of Cape Town for two years.

Although the research topic is of the successful Fellow’s choice, AMARI aims to a provide a sustainable career pipeline for these researchers with emphasis on integrating MNS research into existing programmes such as HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health.

Conditions of Award:

  • Postdoctoral research fellowships are only available to individuals who have achieved the doctoral degree within the past 5 years;
  • Applicants may not previously have held full-time permanent professional or academic posts;
  • No benefits or allowances are included in the value of the fellowship
  • Successful candidates will not be permitted to be on salaried/full-time employment concurrently. No service will be required in return of the award.
  • The successful incumbent will be required to comply with the University’s approved policies, procedures and practises for the postdoctoral sector.

Value & Tenure of Fellowship: The value of the Fellowship is R400 000. Separate funds will be available to cover the costs of carrying out the intended research.  Although the tenure of the fellowships is 2 years, satisfactory academic progress must be evidence for continued registration.  The fellowship is compliant with the SARS policies/rules and is therefore exempt from taxation.

Academic Criteria:  This fellowship is only available to individuals who have achieved the doctoral degree within the past 5 years. Applicants should have graduated with the PhD degree in the following areas: Psychology, Psychiatry, Public Health, Medicine, Social or Nursing and have a strong interest in Public Mental Health. The successful applicant must be available to commence with the Fellowship on January 1, 2017.

Application Requirements: Interested applicants should contact Dr. Katherine Sorsdahl at for an application package.

Click here to download the post-doctoral application form.

Deadline for Applications:  31 August 2016.

The University of Cape Town reserves the right: To disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, to change the conditions of award, and/ or to make no awards at all.