The High-level Systems Analysis Capacity Strengthening Programme, also known as the Emerging Researcher Programme, is a three-week intensive initiative that is hosted by Wits University. The programme targets postdoctoral fellows, early career academics and supervisors from South Africa, Southern Africa and other IIASA National Member Organisation countries. Around 30 fellows attend the programme each year. The programme will include high level lectures and capacity development workshops related to systems analysis capacity strengthening. The three-week High-level Capacity Strengthening Programme will be held in South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) during 20 August – 7 September 2018. The programme will include systems analysis case studies using simulation games and modelling activities, high-level lectures and a writing retreat. It will cover themes in both the social and natural sciences – including policy dimensions – in order to provide a broadened perspective on systems analysis. Keynote presentations will be delivered by national and international leaders in their respective research fields, partly drawn from IIASA’s widespread network of alumni and collaborators, as well as from the NRF’s extensive international networks of excellence. The programme will be enhanced with cultural excursions, and opportunities for networking with national research programmes. Significant amounts of time will be allocated to writing academic papers based on research that the applicants have completed.