Biological Invasions

Funding to support academic staff at historically disadvanataged or new public higher education institutions to conduct doctoral research is available through the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s Biological Invasions Directorate (SANBI's BID).


Projects will be considered on any aspect of biological invasions, with a focus on the following key areas:

1. Detection and identification of new incursions;
2. Eradication planning and co-ordination – action research;
3. Taxonomy and systematics;
4. Monitoring and reporting – techniques and indicators;
5. Risk analyses related to invasive alien species; and
6. Management interventions (e.g. control methods, legislation, etc.) and their effectiveness.

For more details see the following resources (free to download):

Please contact us before submitting an application to check if your proposal is suitable.  Each projet will be co-supervised by a team member of SANBI’s BID.


  • Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic and interested in doing excellent research that will help improve our understanding and management of biological invasions.
  • Projects must be aligned to SANBI BID's mandate.
  • Funding is only available to South African citizens, permanent residents, or those with work permits.
  • Candidates must have an employment contract at a Higher Education Institutions that covers the full duration of the proposed doctoral study.
  • Candidates must either be based at a historically disadvantaged institution, or at a new public higher education institution (see
  • Candidates must be in possession of a relevant Masters degree (or equivalent).
  • Funding will be awarded in line with national equity targets.


Funding will cover:

  • Registration fees
  • Project running expenses
  • Attendance of the South African Annual Research Symposium on Biological Invasions
  • Attendance of national and limited international forums
  • Attendance of formal (relevant) training courses
  • Support to cover replacement teaching staff can be discussed

Application procedure

Each application is to be accompanied by a standard application cover sheet. Applications must include a letter of motivation; a two-page project outline; a full CV; two letters of academic reference; an agreement from a prospective academic supervisor; and certified copies of ID and academic record. Send all documents to with “SANBI Biological Invasions Lecturer doctoral support” in the subject line.  E-mails must be <9MB.

For academic queries:
Dr. Sebataolo Rahlao

For questions about the application process:
Ms. René du Toit

SANBI reserves the right not to fill these opportunities.

If no response has been received within 28 working days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Closes: Friday, 26 July 2019
Location: South Africa

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