Call for postgraduate scholarships 2022

The Joan Wrench Scholarship Fund was established in 2018 to recognise academic achievement of young professionals and to provide financial support to pursue practical training or postgraduate studies in relevant biodiversity fields.

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is pleased to announce a call for applications for Honours, Masters and Doctoral (or equivalent NQF levels) scholarships for full time studies in 2022.


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


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


  • Only full time studies will be supported
  • Applicants must be South African citizens
  • Applicants can register at any South African university
  • Applicants must be based in the Western Cape for at least three (3) months of every year of study for field or lab work and face to face consultation with SANBI supervisors (where relevant).
  • The focus of research projects, including field sites, must be in the Western Cape and clear benefits to Kirstenbosch must be demonstrated (including specimens deposited, improvement of the Compton collections etc).
  • Only research projects in line with SANBI’s mandate will be considered
  • Applicants must not be employed
  • Applicants must not hold other scholarships/bursaries
  • Existing studies will not be supported
  • Registration for a second Honours, Masters or Doctoral degree will not be considered

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

  • Honours: R96 000 for one year only
  • Masters: R144 000/year for two years
  • Doctoral: R180 000/year for three years

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

Application procedure

Each application should be accompanied by a standard application cover sheet

Applications are to include a letter of interest; full CV; certified copies of academic record/transcript and highest qualification; as well as ID and driver’s license;  a project outline; two letters of academic reference; a letter from prospective university supervisor as well as SANBI supervisor, indicating willingness to supervise and provisional registration/application from the university. Send all documents to or with “Joan Wrench Kirstenbosch Scholarship studentships” in the subject line.

SANBI reserves the right not to fill these scholarships. If no response has been received within 30 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Dr Ferozah Conrad

Ms René du Toit

Closes: Thursday, 30 September 2021
Time: 16:00pm
Location: Western Cape

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