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The University Research Office is based at the Govan Mbeki building on Westville campus

The University of KwaZulu-Natal currently has more than 250 post-doctoral fellows

Funds requests must be directed through the Colleges at the office of the College Dean of Research

You can upload your own publications on IRMA and ResearchSpace

ResearchSpace is the institutional repository of UKZN. It is a collection of full text theses and also includes research publications produced by UKZN academics.
SARChI Chairs

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) of the NRF is a strategically focused knowledge and human resource intervention that has five interrelated objectives:

  • To increase the number of world class researchers in South Africa,

  • To retain and/or attract back qualified research scientists to the Higher Education sector and thereby:

  • To help reverse the systemic decline in research outputs, focus and capacity at publicly funded higher education institutions (HEIs), Science Councils and other research institutions,

  • To strengthen and improve the capacity of HEIs, Science Councils, Musea and other research institutions (e.g., University linked Teaching Hospitals) to generate and apply new knowledge,

  • To stimulate strategic research across the knowledge spectrum and thereby increase the level of excellence in research areas of national and international importance,

  • To create research career pathways for highly skilled, high quality young and mid-career researchers that effectively addresses historical racial, gender and age imbalances,

  • To improve and accelerate the training of highly qualified personnel through research.

The aim of the Initiative is to make South Africa competitive in the international knowledge economy based on its existing and potential strengths. The NRF will create 15 new Research Chairs in 2009 towards the ultimate goal of 210 Chairs by 2010.

UKZN Research Chairs

Name of the Scholar  Name of the Research Chair Tier 
Prof SD Johnson
Evolutionary Biology 
Prof SD Maharaj
Gravitating Systems 
Prof T Ndungu Systems Biology of HIV/AIDS 
Prof F Petruccione Quantum Information Processing & Communication 
Prof DR Posel Economic Development 
Prof D Ramjugernath
Fluorine Process Engineering & Separations Technology 
Prof E Gomo (Profile) Nursing and Public Health
Prof M Rouget Land Use and Management
Prof Sarah Bracking Poverty Reduction
Prof Paramu Mafongoya
Rural Agronomy

SARCHI Chairs Downloads

  1. Chair in Rural Agronomy and Development
  2. Chair in Real-Time Power and Intelligent Systems
  3. Chair in Land Use and Management Environmetal Systems
  4. Chair in Indigenous Health Care Systems
  5. Chair in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment

More Documents

  1. SARCHI Chairs Guide
  2. SARCHI Preproposal Application Form
  3. SARCHI Chairs FAQ
  4. More About SARCHI Chairs

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