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NRF-TWAS Doctoral/Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships in South Africa, 2016

Applications are invited for the NRF–TWAS doctoral fellowship programme from scientists to enable them to pursue PhD research in the natural sciences. There are two types of fellowships available i.e. the NRF-TWAS Doctoral Fellowships to scientists from developing countries (other than South Africa) and the NRF-TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships to scientists from Africa (other than South Africa) at research institutions in South Africa for a maximum period of three years. The deadline for applications is 2 October 2015.

Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded in the field of Agricultural Sciences, Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biological Systems and Organisms, Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physics.
Course Level: Fellowships are available to scientists for doctoral research programme at research institutions in South Africa.
Scholarship Provider: National Research Foundation (NRF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa and TWAS
Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa

Eligibility: Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:
-be nationals of a developing country (other than South Africa) for TWAS-NRF Doctoral Fellowships or be nationals or permanent residents from Africa (except South Africa) for TWAS-NRF African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships;
-must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in South Africa or any developed country;
-must be a maximum of 35 years of age by 31 December of the year of application;
-must have obtained an MSc degree in a field of natural sciences;
-provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship;
-not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship;
-provide an official letter from a host South African institution, department or laboratory and motivation from the applicant’s host;
-proof of  knowledge of English is preferable, if language of instruction was not English (Preference will be given to applicants that meet the following requirements of the English Language Proficiency Academic test: IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); or TOEFL (paper) 575 (TWE 4.5); or TOEFL iBIT (min. 20); or Cambridge minimum 58.);
-present a detailed research project that must be registered and approved by the host institution and provide a letter of support from the prospective host supervisor;
-be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

Scholarship Open for International Students: These doctoral fellowships are available for the nationals of developing country or Africa (other than South Africa): Afghanistan, Guatemala, Palau, Albania, Guinea, Palestine, State of, Algeria, Guinea-Bisau, Papua New Guinea, Angola, Guyana, Paraguay, Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, Peru, Argentina, Honduras, Philippines, Armenia, Hong Kong, SAR, Qatar, Aruba, India, Romania, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Iran, Islamic Rep., Samoa, Bahamas, Iraq, Sao Tome and Principe, Bahrain, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, Barbados, Jordan, Senegal, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Belize, Kenya, Seychelles (Transitional), Benin, Kiribati, Sierra Leone, Bhutan, Korea, Dem Rep., Solomon Islands, Bolivia, Kosovo, Somalia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kuwait, South Sudan, Brunei, Kyrgyz Republic, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Lebanon, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bulgaria, Lesotho, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Suriname, Burundi, Libya, Swaziland, Cabo Verde, Macedonia, FYR, Syrian Arab Republic, Cambodia, Macau, Taiwan, China, Cameroon, Madagascar, Tajikistan, Central African Republic, Malawi, Tanzania, Chad, Malaysia, Thailand, Chile, Maldives, Timor-Leste, China, Mali, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, Marshall Islands, Togo, Comoros, Madagascar, Tonga, Congo, Dem. Rep, Mauritania, Tunisia, Congo, Rep., Mauritius, Turkey, Costa Rica, Mayotte, Turkmenistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Mexico, Tuvalu, Cuba, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Uganda, Djibouti, Moldova, Ukraine, Dominica, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates, Dominican Republic, Montenegro, Uruguay, Ecuador, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Arab Rep., Mozambique, Vanuatu, El Salvador Myanmar, Venezuela, Eritrea , Namibia, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Nepal, Western Samoa, Fiji, Nicaragua, Yemen, Rep., Gabon, Niger, Zambia, Gambia, The, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Georgia, Oman, Ghana and Pakistan.

Scholarship Description: South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) are working in partnership with TWAS to advance science in developing countries through two doctoral fellowships: the NRF-TWAS Doctoral Fellowships and the NRF-TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships.
-TWAS-NRF Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at research institutions in South Africa for a maximum period of three years. They are awarded to scientists from developing countries (other than South Africa) to enable them to pursue PhD research in the natural sciences.
-TWAS-NRF African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at research institutions in South Africa for a maximum period of three years. They are awarded to scientists from Africa (other than South Africa) to enable them to pursue PhD research in the natural sciences.

Number of award(s): 50 fellows will be from countries in Africa; and 20 fellows will be from developing countries outside Africa in accordance with the two types of fellowships.

Duration of award(s): Fellowships are awarded for a maximum period of three years.

What does it cover? The Fellowships include stipend of 110 000 (Rand)-per annum. The costs for the mobility of the fellow will include the following:
-Travel visa and study visa;
-A single economy airfare for travel from the fellows’ home country to South Africa; and
-A single economy airfare from South Africa to the fellow’s home country, upon completion of the Doctoral degree.
Successful candidates are also eligible for a once-off travel grant of up to R25 000, for local travel, and up to R50 000, for international travel. The travel grants may be used to contribute towards the costs of attending local or international conferences; workshops; visiting a laboratory or; any other activity that supports the beneficiaries’ research training. This is the maximum amount permitted over the tenure of the fellowship. Fellows who wish to access the travel grant must complete a travel grant application form available on the NRF Online Submission System.

Selection Criteria: Applications that meet the eligibility criteria and that have been completed appropriately, will be subjected to a competitive merit review process. Where any information that should have been submitted as attachments is not included in the application, it will be rendered incomplete resulting in a rejection without review. The reviewers are selected by the NRF from existing reviewer databases and other sources. TWAS may also submit names of potential reviewers to the NRF. The following will be considered in evaluating all applications in a competitive merit review process:
The applicant’s past, current and potential academic performance. This will be measured by the: Potential of the applicant to undertake an independent research project; Leadership roles; Previous awards, prizes and honours; and the potential research outputs and impact.

How to Apply: Application procedures for both doctoral programmes:
Stage 1: 
-Application for acceptance at South African Institutions: Applicants must contact institutions in South Africa or potential supervisors to obtain a placement into the doctoral research training programme.
An official letter of acceptance must be obtained from the potential host institution and/or supervisor. The letter must cover detail on the research project to be undertaken by the applicant; and available infrastructure and facilities for an enabling environment for host’s research
-Application for evaluation of foreign qualifications from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA): Applicants are advised to start this process early to allow time for processing. On the SAQA website, navigate to Service-Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications-General Information. Applicants must strictly adhere to all the instructions and provide all applicable documents to avoid delays and rejection of applications. Applicants are advised to courier all application documents to SAQA directly.
Stage 2: Submit your online application by NRF Online application system. Please attach the required documents in one PDF file in the following order:
-Official acceptance letter from host institution;
-Certified copies of undergraduate and postgraduate certificates;
-English Language Proficiency Academic test if available; and
-SAQA evaluation certificate, if available.

Online Application

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 2 October 2015.

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