Postgraduate bursaries for 2018

29 September 2017 - 4:00pm

3x Masters and 2x Doctoral

The South African National Biodiversity Institute is making several post graduate bursaries available for the 2018 academic year.


Only projects relevant to SANBI’s mandate and identified as a priority will be considered. If you are unsure whether a project qualifies please contact us before submitting an application. For specific projects click here. For other projects, please contact us before submitting an application to check if your proposal is suitable.

Bursary values: (to cover living expenses and university fees)

  • Masters: R 120,000/year for 2 years
  • Doctoral: R 150,000/year for 3 years

Project running expenses will be covered separately to the bursaries and will vary depending on the project.


Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, and interested in doing excellent research that can make a difference. Student bursaries are only available to South African citizens and will be awarded in line with national equity targets. Students need to apply to university programmes themselves and the bursary is conditional upon them securing their position in a postgraduate programme and have acceptance from a prospective academic supervisor, one of which should be from SANBI.

Application procedure:

Each application is to be accompanied by a standard bursary application cover sheet.

Applications are to include a cover letter, full CV; certified copies of ID and academic record/transcript; two letters of academic reference, letter from prospective supervsior indicating willingness to supervise, provisional registration from the university. Send all documents to with “SANBI postgraduate bursaries” in the subject line.

Dr Ferozah Conrad

Ms René du Toit

Closing date: 29 September 2017 (successful candidates will be notified by end October 2017)

SANBI reserves the right not to fill these bursaries.

If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

29 September 2017 - 4:00pm
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