The C rating is for established researchers with a sustained recent record of productivity in the field who are recognised by their peers as having produced a body of quality work, the core of which has coherence and attests to ongoing engagement within the field as well as to researchers who have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise problems and apply research methods in investigating them.
The C1 rating means while all reviewers concur that the applicant is an established researcher (as described), some of them indicate that she already enjoys considerable international recognition for her high quality recent research outputs.
The NRF’s rating system involves a rigorous process and is a key driver in its aim to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa, benchmarking the quality of the country’s researchers against the very best in the world.
‘I am humbled by the accolade and honoured to join the respected and highly ranked SA research community,’ said Dlova, who aims to mentor and produce more NRF-rated researchers in the Dermatology department. ‘I am happy I am able to apply for bigger grants to facilitate research in my field.’
Dlova, who has been a Dermatologist for 18 years, said when she first joined the department as a Registrar there were no African Dermatologists in KwaZulu-Natal and only two country-wide.
After Dlova, 20 African Dermatologists have qualified from Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, 80% of whom work in either rural areas or in the academic sector.
Dlova, together with her amazing team of consultants in the Dermatology Department, created a nurturing environment, mentoring registrars in preparation for their specialist exams, research careers and commitment to public sector service as well as development of Dermatology as a leading academic field.