Conferences, Meetings & Workshops – 18.10.16

  • INTERNATIONAL OPEN #WORKSHOP 2017: Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes V, 20-24.03.17, Kiel University, Germany. Abstract Deadline: 30.11.16. Registration Deadline: 02.02.17. More info:
  • PAST (The Palaeontological Scientific Trust) Call for Applications Q4, Johannesburg, South Africa. Deadline: 01.11.16. More info:
  • 2017 AAG Annual Meeting, 05-09.04.17, Boston, Massachusetts. Early Registration Deadline: 19.01.17. Abstract Deadline: 27.10.16. Conference website:
  • Climate Data Analysis, Bad Gandersheim, Heckenbeck, Germany. Deadline: 30.12.16.
    – Advanced Course in Climate Time Series Analysis, 09-13.01.17
    – Special Course in Climate Extremes Analysis, 16-20.01.17
    More info:

Centre of Excellence in Palaeoscience – 2017 Call for Applications

2017 Call for Applications

The purpose of the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (CoE-Pal) is to support palaeosciences research and education outreach initiatives. The CoE-Pal strives to be a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional and leading palaeosciences research, teaching, and curatorial centre in Africa, taking its place among the outstanding centres of its kind in the world. The CoE-Pal supports the vision of realising a South Africa and Africa united in promoting a new awareness of life in the past through the study of the continent’s rich heritage in fossils and artefacts for the intellectual enrichment and empowerment of all its peoples.

 This programme focuses on supporting projects in Palaeontology, Palaeobotany, Palaeo-anthropology, Middle Stone Age Archaeology and cognate disciplines.

 Grants through this Programme:

  • Postgraduate Bursaries (Honours, Masters, Doctorate)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Operational Support


Those who are eligible are postgraduate students (Honours, Masters and Doctoral), postdoctoral fellows and academic/research staff from one of our partner intuitions: University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, Iziko Museums of South Africa, Ditsong Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Bloemfontein and Albany Museum.

Application Deadlines:

The Call for Applications opens Thursday, 15 September 2016.  All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, 14 October 2016 at 3 p.m. (local time, GMT+2). Please note that there will be no further extension.


There is only one Grant Application online for the various grants under this programme. The Grant Application and the Funding Guide are accessible online through the CoE-Pal website, under Grants. Refer to the Funding Guide for eligibility and other criteria before applying. Paper applications or incomplete applications will automatically be rejected.

 Continued funding will be considered based on satisfactory Annual Progress Reporting. A call for the Annual Progress Report will be made shortly.  As with the Grant Application, progress reporting will be completed online through  Note, a Final Report must be submitted three months after completion of your CoE-Pal funded project.

 New requirements by the NRF:

  1.  All applicants are required to register on the NRF ORCID to obtain an ORCID identification number. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized. To find out more,
  2. All applicants including researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and postgraduate students are required to have an NRF online profile profiles should be current before you apply for CoE-Pal Grants; and continuously updated.

 Grant Application Enquiries:

Dr Christine Steininger (Manager)
Telephone: (011) 717 6650

2017 CoE funding guide

2017 CoE call-for-applications

TWAS-DFG cooperation visits program

TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visit: deadline 31 March 2016

The TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme provides postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD not earlier than 2011 and are from  sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, with the opportunity to make a ‘Cooperation Visit’ to an institute in Germany. Please find attached the relevant application form.

Such visits will have a duration of no more than three months and must be undertaken within 12 months of the award.

More info: DFG-TWAS Application Form


Fynbos Forum – Innovation Scholarships 2016

Post-graduate students at Masters or PhD level who are studying at South African Universities and Universities of Technology are invited to apply for a Fynbos Forum Innovation Scholarship.
Scholarships are to be awarded for 2 x Masters (R32,000 each) and 1 x PhD (R52,000) commencing January 2016.

These scholarships will be granted for one year, and depending on funding availability could be renewable upon the submission of satisfactory progress reports annually, up to the maximum term permitted being two years for an MSc and 3 years for a PhD and subject to the approval of the committee /scientific selection panel and TMF. Candidates must be working on a research project that is at the interface between science and application, and which is aligned with the Fynbos Forum Research Strategy. The Scholarships are wholly merit-based, and are a means to attract, retain and incentivise the best young researchers to work in the Fynbos Biome.

Interested students can email the secretariat at for application forms

Centre of Excellence (CoE-Pal) – Call for Funding 2016

This programme is focussed on supporting projects in Palaeontology, Palaeobotany, Palaeo-anthropology, Archaeology and cognate disciplines

Grants available to:

Postgraduate Bursaries (Honours, Masters, Doctorate), Postdoctoral Fellowship and Operational Support


Those who are eligible are postgraduate students (Honours, Masters and Doctoral), postdoctoral fellows and academic/research staff from one of the partner institutions: University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, Iziko Museums of South Africa, Ditsong Museum of Natural History, National Museum of Bloemfontein and Albany Museum.

Application Deadline:

All applications must be submitted no later than Monday, 28 September 2015.

The Grant Application and the Funding Guide are accessible on the CoE-Pal website,

See: Application Call 2016 and Funding Guide

Postdocs – American Museum of Natural History

The Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History (RGGS @ AMNH) seeks highly qualified applicants for our 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellowships programs. Postdoctoral Fellows may conduct research in any area supported by AMNH science divisions (interdisciplinary projects are possible and encouraged): Anthropology, Invertebrate Zoology, Paleontology, Physical Sciences, and Vertebrate Zoology. Newly graduated or soon-to-graduate Ph.D.s may apply.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program at the American Museum of Natural History provides training to postdoctoral investigators to carry out a specific project within a limited time period. Applicants must contact an AMNH curator(s) in their field(s) well before the deadline to discuss the feasibility of their project before applying. Appointments are typically made for up to two years, although some special programs may have longer terms. Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Museum. In addition to a competitive salary, limited relocation, research, and publication support is provided.

The AMNH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program also includes the potential for support through special programs, if a fellow’s area of specialization includes: 1) the study of North American natural history, particularly modern or fossil terrestrial and freshwater fauna (Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund), 2) marine biology and paleontology (Lerner-Gray Fund for Marine Research), or 3) research in biology, with an emphasis on genomics and computational biology, that informs human and medical research through understanding other species or advances our understanding of the evolution and diversity of species and the “tree of life” (Gerstner Scholars program, generously supported by the Gerstner Family Foundation). A separate program, the Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund, supports research in Ornithology (

Complete applications will be due by 5pm, November 15, 2015. For details on the Museum’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program and directions on how to apply, visit

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum encourages Women, Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.