The Department of Science and Innovation and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research are working co-operatively to reduce the technical skills gap in South Africa and offer a bursary support programme for students who are pursuing Honour’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degrees in Engineering. Fields of study that qualify include aerospace, biotechnology, data science, biometrics, cybersecurity, and indigenous knowledge systems, among others.
People with disabilities and those from previously disadvantaged communities are given preference. Students need to renew their bursaries each year, and a successful renewal depends on available funds and student performance. Bursaries range from R90,000-R130,000 based on the type of degree they are pursuing.
DSI-CSIR Bursaries 2021
The DSI-CSIR bursary program aims at supporting the education of qualified applicants by offering them finances. It is an inter-bursary program between DSI and CSIR to support postgraduate students. They aim to help you enhance development skills in strategic fields that are of priority when pursuing the following.
- An advanced Diploma
- B.Tech field of study
- When studying as a 4th year engineering student
- Pursuing an honors
For Master’s or Doctoral Applicants, they support students who study the following specific courses.
- Modelling and Digital Sciences (data science, biometrics, cybersecurity)
- Microsystems Technology
- Titanium (manufacturing elements)
- Photonics (free-space communication, fiber-optics, laser welding, and optics)
- Biotechnology (Biopharming, bioprocessing, and biocatalysis)
- Information and Communications Technology
- Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)
For the applicant’s towards honours, the fourth year in Engineering, BTech or Advance diploma they support students who study the following specific courses.
- Biotechnology and related majors
- Computer Science
- Data science or ICT-related majors
- Engineering and related majors
- Health (biochemistry, microbiology, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, etc.)
- Information Systems
- Mathematics/Applied maths/Statistics
Once you have a successful application, you receive the 2021 bursary. But this is not a guarantee that you earn it in the subsequent year. It is unless you prove to maintain outstanding academic progress and fund availability.
After completing a successful application, you receive the bursary from your university account. The amount given depends on your specific postgraduate specification to cover registration and tuition fees. You receive the second allocation monthly or quarterly from the university.
- Those taking an Honors receive R90,000
- Students studying for a Masters degree receive R100,000
- D. students receive R130, 000
We reach out to successful applicants within two months from the registration date. Failure to any details means your application was unsuccessful.
DSI-CSIR Bursaries Requirements and Eligibility
You have to meet some of these minimum requirements for you to apply for the bursary. Failure to this leads to disregard of your application.
- You must be a South African citizen
- You must have a report of your mid-year progress signed by the supervisor
- Be ready to submit an annual progress report (APR). We provide you with the official template
- You are under a CSIR work-back agreement until you complete your studies
Application form for postgraduate students taking Honors, B Tech degrees, and Advanced Diploma applications please click on the link below to complete an online application form.
For Those who pursuing a Masters or Ph.D., please click on the link below to complete an online application form.
Fill these application forms in full to stand a chance to earn the bursary. Failure to accompany the following application documents may cause disregard for your application.
- A South African ID, or for international students, a valid passport proving permanent residency
- Provide an official and certified degree certificate from your university
- A transcript from your previous degree, that shows your academic performance. It should contain a minimum accumulative academic achievement.
For successful applicants, you have to submit the following documents.
- A proof from the admission letter, if available, indicating your full-time registration.
- Provide some letters of reference if available
After attaching the files in the following order, compile them and send them in PDF format to HCD-INTERBURSARY@csir.co.za.
- Your Identification document
- Your passport or proof of permanent residence
- All certified certificates from your university degree accompanied by transcripts
- If available, the letter of admission
The closing date of the application date is 23 October 2020
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