SAMRC Internship Scholarship Programme South Africa


Founded in 1969, the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) takes a comprehensive approach to improving the health and quality of life for citizens of South Africa, through development, research, and technology transfer.

The Division of Research Capacity Development (RCD) of the SAMRC provides a variety of research funding opportunities, as well as providing strategic capacity development grants, and supports the achievement of National Targets for developing and transforming research capability.

SAMRC Internship Scholarship Programme 2022

SAMRC Internship Scholarship Programme

For the upcoming academic year, the Internship Scholarship Programme is now accepting applications from students.

Black students seeking Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical/Health Research, preferably in the following fields, are eligible for scholarships:

  • Bioethics
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Data Science
  • Implementation Science
  • Health Economics
  • Immunology
  • Evolutionary Virology
  • Digital Health
  • Demography
  • Genomics
  • Structural Biology

Scholarship Coverage

The following scholarship values and lengths will be awarded:

  • A student will receive R160 000 per year, for one year, for an MSc degree.
  • Students pursuing a PhD will receive R200 000 per annum for three years. Unless they finish their degrees at the end of the specified period (whichever comes first), students will be eligible to receive the scholarship. The scholarship must be renewed annually if the scholar maintains adequate academic performance.
  • Funding may be extended for an extra year if a strong motivation is provided by the supervisor and unit director.

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements (please note that your application will not be considered if you do not meet all requirements):

  • Citizens of South Africa or permanent residents of South Africa are eligible to apply
  • There must be Black people in the country (African Black, Colored, Indians or Asians).
  • An MSc or PhD research proposal must be fully developed
  • SAMRC’s research priorities must be aligned with your project
  • Full-time enrollment at the university where you will pursue your degree is required
  • Please be an MSc student 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 you to be employed full-time during your 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?

There are two steps to applying:

Step 1: Complete and submit applications online: SAMRC Internship Scholarship

Step 2: Please send the supporting documents to the following email address:

Insert the words SAMRC Internship Scholarship Applicationin the email subject line.

Documents Required

You must submit the following supporting documentation with your application (missing documents may result in your application being disqualified):

  • Application for SAMRC internship scholarship signed and completed (.pdf)
  • Document proving South African citizenship or a permanent residency permit (certified copy)
  • Registration proof from the university
  • Letter from the university confirming the date of the student’s first registration for the degree to be funded
  • The research project has been ethically cleared
  • You should also submit 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/PhD detailing your career plans (maximum of one page)
  • Support letter outlining research funding and running costs

Closing Date

Currently closed for application. Please check back later for the updated opening and closing date of this bursary.

Contact Details

You can contact the South African Medical Research Council directly with any questions regarding this scholarship program:

Name of contact person: Dr Lindokuhle Ndlandla
Tel no: 021 938 0442
Email ID:

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