The CSIR, in partnership with seven South African universities, has a postgraduate scholarship programme that provides students with funding to obtain Honours, Master’s or PhD qualifications in their chosen fields. The programme is open to full-time students in the Faculty of Science or Engineering, carrying out research in priority areas identified by the CSIR.  The programme affords students exposure to science in a research environment and students are also granted access to equipment, facilities and research material as available.

Eligibility South African full-time students studying towards their Honours, Master’s or PhD degrees
How to apply Applications must be done through the universities as the CSIR does not facilitate the scholarship application process. Application forms and more information about scholarships can be obtained from the postgraduate funding offices of each of the universities.
  • University of Johannesburg: Postgraduate Support and Funding: 011 559 4016
  • Tshwane University of Technology:  Research and Innovation Office: 012 382 4910
  • University of the Western Cape: Postgraduate Studies Division: 021 959 2451
  • University of Cape Town: Postgraduate Funding Office: 021 650 3622
  • Stellenbosch University: Postgraduate and International Office: 021 808 2907
  • University of KwaZulu - Natal:  College of Research: 033 260 5870
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University: Research Capacity Development Office: 041 504 432


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