Students looking to take their postgraduate qualifications in health research but lack the financial means to do so may just have found the funding program that can help.
The South African Medical Research Council is now accepting applications from eager students for its scholarship program.
This is a great opportunity to take your education a step further and reach your academic goals.
If you are interested, then we highly recommend that you apply right away.
Below is a breakdown we’ve provided on exactly how this scholarship will work and what it will expect from you during the entire application process.
Applications for the SAMRC Scholarship will be closing on 27 June 2022.
Please make sure that your application is in by then along with all requested supporting documents needed.
Failure to do so will result in your application not being considered for selection by the scholarship provider.
What is This Scholarship About?
This scholarship program is focused on helping black students reach their postgraduate goals in the clinical/health research field.
The SAMRC was established over 50 years ago with the goal of improving the quality of health in the citizens of South Africa.
The organization is constantly providing funding schemes and research grants to assist eager minds in both growing and contributing to this field of work and study.
Who Can Apply
This scholarship will be assisting students in the 2023 academic year.
It is primarily focused on assisting black students working toward a Master’s Degree or Doctorate in the clinical/health research field.
The scholarship will also cater to the following fields of study:
- Data Science
- Implementation Science
- Health Economics
- Evolutionary Virology
- Digital Health
- Structural Biology
However, before applying, you will need to make sure that you meet the following criteria to be considered an ideal applicant for this scholarship:
- Applicants must be South African citizens or permanent residents of the country.
- Applicants must be Black people in the country (African Black, Colored, Indians, or Asians).
- An MSc or Ph.D. research proposal must be fully developed.
- SAMRC’s research priorities must be considered in this proposal.
- Applicants must have full-time enrollment at the university where they will pursue their qualifications.
- Applicants must be MSc students, specializing in the following research areas: Biostatistics, Computer Science, Data Science, Epidemiology, Demography, and Data Analytics.
- An experienced research supervisor who is willing to train you until you complete your degree must write a written commitment of participation for you.
- It is not permitted for applicants to be employed full-time during their studies (you may work a maximum of 9 hours per week in teaching, clinical duties, and other related duties if the hourly rate is comparable to regular University rates.)
- Scholarships, bursaries, grants, or remuneration with a service-binding agreement are NOT allowed.
- If you receive bursaries from more than one statutory entity of the South African government, you must not accept more than one bursary at the same time.
- The SAMRC requires that the scholarship recipient not receive other non-binding remuneration or fellowships while holding the scholarship (unless specifically approved by it).
- If you are registering at another university, you must obtain approval from the Division of Research Capacity Development of the SAMRC before doing so.
- A scholarship holder must NOT change their research supervisor after the scholarship has been awarded (unless approved by the SAMRC Division of Research Capacity Development).
- Students enrolled in a doctoral program in a strategic and/or emerging field of research will be given priority.
How To Apply
Applications for this scholarship are quite simple.
All you need to do is complete the online application form here. You will also need the following support documents:
- A certified copy of your ID.
- Proof of registration.
- Letter from the university confirming the date of the student’s first registration for the degree to be funded.
- An ethically cleared research project.
- A motivational letter (1 page) describing your suitability for the SAMRC Internship Scholarship and a shortened CV that includes a complete list of your research outputs in the last five years and other meritorious activities.
- The doctoral proposal should outline the rationale, design, feasibility, plans for translation and dissemination of research, and the potential impact of the proposed research project (maximum of two pages).
- A brief outline of publications, grants, and research supervisory experience of the supervisor plus a signed commitment form (Annexure A) (maximum 3 pages).
- A letter from the unit that hosted your MSc/Ph.D. detailing your career plans (maximum of one page).
- Support letter outlining research funding and running costs.
Once you have these documents organized, you can submit them via email to Vincent.Fipaza@mrc.ac.za
Make sure to include, “Scholarship Application 2023” in the subject line.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to the SAMRC Scholarship, then you can contact the organization directly through the following means:
Name of contact person: Dr. Lindokuhle Ndlandla
Tel no: 021 938 0442
Email ID: Lindokuhle.Ndlandla@mrc.ac.za
Good luck with your application!