Review of research publications on postdoctoral research fellowship: Implications for African institutions

Keywords: research review, postdoctoral research fellowship, social justice, Africa, systematic review


The recent surge in global knowledge production has attracted focus on postdoctoral research fellowship in developed countries, leaving this group of African academics in the shadows. This article reported the results of a systematic review of research of postdoctoral research fellowship. The database of this review comprised 44 mixed sources located via a systematic method. The social justice theory was adopted to analyse and interpret the findings. The analysis of data relied on the use of descriptive statistics and graphing techniques. The review found literature published predominantly in European and Anglo-American societies, affirming the emerging status of the African society in the contribution to global knowledge production. Recommendations were made for funding research activities, curbing brain drain and increasing research output in Africa. The study highlighted milestones of progress along topics, methodologies and “blind spots” for future research practice and apprises evidence based decision making by policy makers.

Author Biography

Z. Moyo, University of the Witwatersrand

School of Education, Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies


Dr Moyo is a currently a lecturer in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a beneficiary of the South African National Research Foundation Freestanding Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019 to 2020. She has been the recipient of the 2018 Recognition of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Research and Academic Citizenship in the Postdoctoral Research Fellow Programme of the University of Johannesburg. Her strongest intellectual influences and academic interests lie in the field of education leadership, women in education leadership, qualitative research methodologies, social justice and gender issues. She recently published journal articles from a systematic literature review in women leading and managing education in Zimbabwe.


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How to Cite
Moyo, Z. 2021. “Review of Research Publications on Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Implications for African Institutions ”. South African Journal of Higher Education 36 (3), 143-58.
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