Call for Applications: Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Multilevel Government 2023 - 2024

The South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Multilevel Government, Law and Development, based at the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights (DOI), University of the Western Cape, is pleased to announce a full-time post-doctoral research fellowship in multilevel government for 2023.

The object of the SARChI post-doc fellowship is to support researchers who have completed their doctoral studies within the last five years, to carry out further research and publish in the various fields of multilevel government – law, politics, public administration, and finances. In addition, the post-doctoral fellow will assist with the coordination and administration of postgraduate teaching and supervision, notably the LLM/M.Phil Programme on Multilevel Government and the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Law (focusing on Local Government), as well as other programmes of the Dullah Omar Institute.

The post-doc fellow will work with the incumbent SARChI Chair in Multi-level Government, Law and Development, in the following focus areas: multilevel government in South Africa, comparative studies on federalism and decentralisation elsewhere in Africa, and global studies on federalism. The SARChI fellowship seeks to engage a highly motivated researcher to build and grow knowledge of how systems of multilevel governance can promote effective state building and development in Africa and elsewhere.

The research fellowship is awarded for 2023, with the possibility of renewal for another year, commencing in March 2023. The successful applicant will be provided with a generous monthly stipend, the necessary computer equipment, access to travel funds, and opportunities to participate in international conferences.


  • a doctoral degree, awarded within the last five years
  • a demonstrable research and publication record, relevant to the focal area of the Chair
  • demonstrable knowledge of multilevel government
  • at least two years’ experience working within an academic, government or civil society institution on issues related to governance
  • experience with project coordination, management and execution
  • excellent writing skills
  • strong interpersonal communication skills


To apply, applicants must forward -

  • CV
  • Academic record
  • A copy of relevant research outputs
  • A letter of motivation
  • Three referees, with contact details, including email address
  •  A possible research agenda.

Applications should be sent to Mrs. Laura Wellen at For further information contact the Interim SARChI Chair in Multilevel Government, Prof Jaap de Visser (

The Dullah Omar Institute reserves the right to not make an appointment, and will communicate only with shortlisted candidates.

Closing date: 28 February 2023