DSI-CSIR Bursary 2022 – 2023

Here is a great opportunity for all students involved in STEM fields.

Students are invited to apply for the DSI-CSIR Inter-Bursary Support (IBS) program, which will be offered for the academic year 2023, by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

It caters to various fields in this category of studies and successful candidates will be able to continue their tertiary education and reach their goals without having to deal with the frustration and struggles that come with a financial burden.

If you are interested in this bursary, then you need to apply right away.

Closing Date

The DSI-CSIR Bursary application period will end on August 4, 2022.

Please make sure to submit your application and any other supporting materials by this date.

Your application won’t be taken into account by the scholarship provider if you don’t do this.

What Is This Bursary About?

The flagship and main organization for research and development in South Africa is the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), which was founded in the year 1945. The CSIR is the largest research and development organization in Africa, accounting for 10% of the continent’s overall R&D spending.

Through research and innovation, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is dedicated to promoting socioeconomic development in South Africa. Through its many programs and partnerships with organizations, the DSI aims to advance research and safeguard the well-being of all South Africans.

Students are invited to apply for the DSI-CSIR Inter-Bursary Support (IBS) program for the 2023 academic year by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Within two months of the application deadline, all applicants will be told of the results of their applications; if you have not heard anything by October 4th, 2022, please consider your application to have failed.

Before applying, candidates must download and study the following documents:

Who Can Apply

The following Thematic Research Focus Areas are eligible for the IBS postgraduate bursary:

  • Aerospace
  • Biotechnology (Biopharming, Bio-processing, and Bio-catalysis)
  • Composites
  • Health
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) – (Bioprospecting research, product and process development)
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Microsystems Technology
  • Modeling and Digital Sciences (data science, biometrics, cybersecurity, etc)
  • Photonics (free space communication, fiber-optics, laser welding, and optics)
  • Titanium (manufacturing elements)

The bursary will also cover Honours, 4th year Engineering or Postgraduate Diploma studies in:

  • Biotechnology and related majors
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Engineering and related majors (Electrical and Computer, Electronic, Metallurgical, Aeronautical Engineering, etc)
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Health (Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, etc)
  • ICT (Information Systems, Information Technology, Data Science, Computer Science, Information Systems Management, GIS, etc)
  • IKS (Indigenous Knowledge Systems)
  • Physics
  • Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics
  • Statistics or Mathematical Statistics

In order to promote capacity development in important and priority areas as outlined in important departmental goals, the DSI launched the Inter-Bursary Support (IBS) program. The CSIR is funding the bursary with the intention of promoting the growth of talents in these fields.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be a permanent resident of South Africa OR a citizen of South Africa.
  • You must be pursuing one of the postgraduate degrees listed above full-time or have plans to do so.
  • You must be pursuing a degree that is aligned with particular thematic research areas, research themes, or technological streams, or you must plan to do so.
  • To enroll in classes at a public university in South Africa, you must already be enrolled there.
  • Find a good supervisor, and make sure that they approve of your application.
  • NOT working a full-time job qualifies.
  • Students with impairments and those from historically underprivileged backgrounds will be given preference.
  • Candidates for honors must be under the age of 28 and have a minimum average of 65 percent in all of their major topics during their last year of undergraduate study.
  • Candidates for master’s degrees must not be older than 30 and have earned an average of at least 65 percent in all of their major courses at the Honours level or last year of a four-year degree.
  • Candidates for doctoral degrees must not be older than 32 and have attained a minimum average of 65 percent at the Master’s level.

What Does This Bursary Cover?

The level of study will decide the bursary value:

  • Students pursuing an honors degree, fourth-year engineering, or a postgraduate diploma will be covered up to R100,000.
  • Students pursuing master’s degrees will be covered up to R120 000 annually.
  • Up to R140 000 will be covered for doctoral students annually.

Additionally, bursary awardees will get a R10,000 laptop allowance once.

How To Apply

Applying for this bursary is quite simple. All you will need to do is complete the following online application form here. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been received.

The following supporting documents must be sent in clear copies together with your online application (submitting these materials is required; if any are absent, your application may be rejected):

  • If a South African citizen, an ID document (certified copy)
  • passport and, if a foreign student, evidence of permanent residency (certified copies)
  • university transcripts (certified copy)
  • whole academic record from the university (on institutions letterhead)
  • evidence of enrollment or application to a university (on institutions letterhead)
  • Academic resume
  • letter of recommendation from your supervisor, if you’re applying for a master’s or doctoral degree
  • If available, an admission letter demonstrating full-time enrollment (successful applicants will be required to submit this)

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this scholarship program, please get in touch with the CSIR IBS team directly:

Contact person: Justice Komane

Email: hcd-interbursary@csir.co.za

or Excel@Uni (the administrators for this bursary)

Email: support@auraams.appGood luck with your application!

Good luck with your application!

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