Postdoctoral fellows are admitted to the research programme after consultation with the potential supervisor, and their admittance has to be approved by SANBI Faculty.

Research programmes for postdoctoral fellows are associated with at least one major project based at SANBI. During the course of training at SANBI as post-doctoral fellow, a person will be exposed to various aspects of academic and research activities. The main focus of the programme is research. Other activities may include participation in grant preparation, assisting junior research students, participation in journal club, and other activities that will prepare them for a career in Bioinformatics.

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to publish 3 journal articles in high-profile peer-reviewed journals per year.

Bursaries are not guaranteed, and can only be considered once applications for study have been approved by SANBI. A number of funding opportunities exist through which students’ registration fees and living expenses could be covered. Overseas students must please take note that SANBI does not offer funding for travel to South Africa, and they will also be responsible for securing and paying for their own study visas – SANBI and UWC will only provide the necessary confirmation of acceptance letters where appropriate.

According to South African Home Affairs, a post-doctoral appointment may last for a maximum of three years.