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SANBI Biological Invasions Bursaries for South African Students, 2016

South African National Biodiversity Institute is offering bursaries for South African students to conduct research on various aspects of managing invasions. Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, and interested in doing excellent research that can make a difference. Up to four Honours bursaries of R 60,000 p.a. for 1 year; ten masters bursaries R 105,000 p.a. for two years; four doctoral bursaries of R 135,000 p.a. for 3 years and two postdoctoral bursaries of R 240,000 p.a. for two years will be awarded in 2016. The application deadline is 31 October 2015.

Study Subject(s): Bursaries are awarded only for the projects relevant to one of SANBI’s ISP focus areas (detection, post-border risk assessment, and eradication planning).
Course Level: Bursaries are available for pursuing master, Honours, doctoral, postdoctoral research program.
Scholarship Provider: South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South Africa
Award can be taken at: South Africa

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Eligibility: Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, and interested in doing excellent research that will help improve our understanding and management of biological invasions. Student bursaries are only available to South African citizens and will be awarded in line with national equity targets, but unsuccessful and ineligible bursary applicants may be considered for support with project running costs if their projects are closely aligned to SANBI ISP’s focus areas. Post-doctoral research bursaries are open to anyone who has completed their PhD in the last five years. Honours students need to apply to a university honours programme themselves and the bursary is conditional upon them securing their position in such a programme. Project running expenses are covered separately to the bursaries and vary depending on the project. Funds are only available to students and post-docs registered at universities in South Africa.

Open for International Students: South African citizens can apply for these bursaries.

Description:  Biological Invasions Bursaries are available for 2016 (4 x Honours; 10 x Masters; 4 x Doctoral; 2 x Post-doctoral). Bursaries are available to conduct research on specific aspects of managing invasions as part of the Department of Environmental Affairs funded South African National Biodiversity Institute’s Invasive Species Programme (SANBI ISP).

Number of award(s): Up to 20 bursaries are available in 2016 as follows: four for Honours; ten for masters; four for doctoral and two for postdoctoral program.

Duration of award(s): These bursaries are awarded up to 1 year for Honours/4th year undergraduate students; two years for Masters students and Postdocs and up to 3 years for doctoral students.

What does it cover? Bursaries are to cover living expenses and university fees
Honours/4th year undergraduate: R 60,000 p.a. for 1 year
Masters: R 105,000 p.a. for two years
Doctoral: R 135,000 p.a. for 3 years
Post-doctoral: R 240,000 p.a. for two years
Applicants for Masters or Doctoral bursaries can be considered for a one-year project development internship should the applicant be unlikely to finish their studies within the prescribed period of time. In such cases, a candidate may be offered an internship interview. A project development intern is expected to re-apply for a bursary the following year.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Successful candidates will be notified by the end-November. If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

How to Apply: Each application is to be accompanied by a standard bursary application cover sheet (attached below). Applications must include a full CV; certified copies of ID and academic record; two letters of academic reference; an agreement from a prospective academic supervisor; a one-page project outline for Honours applications; and a two-page project outline for Masters, Doctoral, and Post-doctoral applications. Send all documents to SANBI.ISP.Bursaries-at-gmail.com with “SANBI ISP bursary application” in the subject line.

Application Form

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 31 October 2015.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application