Application Deadline: 21st of May 2021


The Nelson Mandela Foundation aims to recruit a Fellow that will be based within the Dialogue and Advocacy unit. We envision this person as being someone who not only contributes towards public discourse but who also sees research as a verb in that they are committed towards actualizing their proposals into tangible outcomes.

We are looking for someone who can take initiative, network and engage with stakeholders in a meaningful way. Where possible, they must use relevant empirical evidence from both South Africa and elsewhere in the world. Any interventions or initiatives they propose must be possible in our local context.

Interested Nelson Mandela Fellows can submit applications in line with either one of these focus areas:

a) The Uneasy Task Ahead: The Economy

As we grapple with the notion of building back better and what that means for us in a local context, there are proposals such as universal basic income that are being proposed as possible mechanisms for easing the burden of the country’s poor.

It is envisioned that the Fellow selected would help the Foundation shape its economic positions, have an understanding of economic debates and research and also contribute to the public discourse in these areas.

Moreover, the Fellow selected should also be willing to apply their mind to issues of sustainability and the mainstreaming thereof, as well as creating public awareness about the need to be deliberate about our development path as a country.

Moreover, international approaches need to also be considered so as to locate South Africa within the global context.

b) A Place to Call Our Own: Urban Land and Housing

The issue of land reform is central to realizing a more just and equitable future. Beyond mere rhetoric, there is a need to consider and action proposals that can realize this.

We believe that the issue of land reform can be used as a yard stick to measure progress and redress as a country, and while much of the focus has been on rural land, there is a need to focus on urban land in the context of urbanization.

Housing is linked to the issue of land, especially when speaking to the urban context. The selected Fellow should help to advance the discourse on this important issue.

More specifically, applications submitted should outline what research, dialogue convenings and other initiatives they would want to undertake while at the Foundation as part of what they hope to achieve.

Fellowship Selection and Application Criteria for The Nelson Mandela Foundation Fellowship

To be considered for the Fellowship, the Fellow needs to:

  • Have at least a Master’s degree or be studying towards one
  • Must be able to write for a popular audience and show proof of ability to do so
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking and stakeholder engagement
  • Must be able to take initiative, work with little supervision and be self-motivated
  • Must be able to convene dialogues and be willing to support the Dialogue and Advocacy team with work that is related to their chosen focus          area
  • Must be willing to meet deadlines and be hardworking
  • Preference may be given to candidates that are Gauteng based

To Apply:

  • Prospective Fellows will need to complete the application form ie. Appendix A, which must be sent along with their CV to
  • The closing date for applications is the 21st of May 2021, and the expected start date is the 1st of June 2021.


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