The Centre for Human Rights is an internationally recognised university-based institution combining academic excellence and effective activism to advance human rights, particularly in Africa. It aims to contribute to advancing human rights, through education, research and advocacy. 

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As an academic department of the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria, the Centre hosts a Masters and a Doctoral programme in sexual and reproductive rights in Africa. 2024 marks 10 years of existence of the Masters programme and 6 years of the Doctoral programme. The Centre also supports doctoral graduates in sexual and reproductive health rights to pursue postdoctoral research leading to publications on SRRA. 

In line with this goal, the Centre seeks to recruit two post-doctoral fellows, to conduct research in sexual and reproductive rights of children or women. 

Modalities of the Fellowship

The post-doctoral fellows will be hosted within the Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Africa Programme of the Centre and attached to the Children’s Rights Unit and the Women’s Rights Unit. Central to their work, will be to assist the units, to undertake research and advocacy on various aspects of sexual and reproductive rights of children or women in Africa. Further, the fellows will be required to publish academic papers in accredited journals on sexual and reproductive health rights of children or women in Africa.

The prospective post-doctoral fellows will work closely with the team at the Children’s Rights Unit or Women Rights Unit under the supervision of the respective Unit Manager. 

Required qualifications 

Prospective candidates should fulfil the following criteria: 

  • Hold an LLD or PhD degree obtained within the last 5 years 
  • Hold a post-graduate certification / specialisation in Sexual and Reproductive rights  
  • Have a research record in Sexual and Reproductive rights 
  • Have demonstrable knowledge of the African Union and its institutions 
  • Have verifiable experience in engagement with the African Union human rights system 

Desirable qualification 

Candidates with the following qualifications/skills will have an added advantage: 

  • Postgraduate teaching experience
  • An additional AU language (Portuguese, French, Arabic)
  • Experience working in African countries 
  • Has a permit or other status that allows them to work in South Africa

Terms of the fellowship

The fellowship is for an initial period of 1 year, renewable subject to performance and availability of funds. The Fellowship will be remunerated in accordance with the University of Pretoria terms for postgraduate studies. The Fellowship shall commence on 27 June 2023 or soon thereafter.


Qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications to chr@up.ac.za by 8 June 2023. The application should contain the applicant’s annotated CV, a brief research proposal (maximum 3 pages), and contact details of at least 2 referees.


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