DSI–CSIR Inter-bursary support programme


Students approved for or registered for full-time studies at any South African public university,
who intend to register or are registered for the following degrees:

  • Honours/4th year Engineering/Postgraduate Diploma
  • Masters
  • Doctoral
Focus areas

The thematic research focus areas for the bursary are restricted to the following research areas:

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

Honours/4th year Engineering/Postgraduate Diploma bursary are as follows:

  • ICT (Information Systems, Information Technology, Data Science, Computer Science,
    Information Systems Management, GIS, etc) 
  • Engineering and related majors (Electrical and Computer, Electronic, Metallurgical, Aeronautical Engineering, etc)
  • Health (Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, etc) 
  • IKS (Indigenous Knowledge Systems)
  • Statistics/Mathematical Statistics
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology and related majors
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Pure/Applied Mathematics
  • Physics
Value of the bursary award per annum
  • Honours/4th year Engineering/Postgraduate Diploma: R100 000
  • Masters: R120 000
  • Doctoral: R140 000
How to apply


For more information on the DSI CSIR Inter-bursary Support (IBS) Programme, please contact the CSIR IBS team via email at: hcd-interbursary@csir.co.za