SAMRC Master’s Scholarships 2024


Founded in 1969, the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) is committed to improving the well-being and health of the nation’s people. The primary objective of SAMRC is centered around research, development, innovation, and technology transfer to achieve this overarching goal. SAMRC engages in a broad spectrum of research activities, including laboratory investigations, clinical research, and public health studies, contributing to advancements in healthcare and well-being across South Africa.

SAMRC Master’s Scholarships

SAMRC Master’s Scholarships 2024

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has announced their scholarship program for the academic year 2024. 

This scholarship initiative, generously funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is specifically designed to support the academic pursuits of five female students pursuing a Master’s degree (MSc) in Biostatistics/Statistics.

The primary objective of this scholarship is to enhance statistical capacity and promote advanced statistical modeling skills among female candidates in South Africa. The initiative aims to contribute to the development of expertise in statistical analysis, particularly within the context of women’s health.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in various research projects aligned with data related to women’s health, fostering valuable contributions to the field.

The scholarship, valued at R401,000, will provide comprehensive financial support for a period of 2 years, covering tuition and associated academic expenses.

The scholarship encompasses coverage for various expenses, including a laptop, tuition fees, a monthly stipend for accommodation and living expenses, and, upon motivation, reasonable support to participate in/present your work at a relevant national conference during your second year.

Candidates who successfully secure the scholarship will receive communication. If you do not receive a response by March 21, 2024, kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.

Eligibility Criteria 

Applicants are required to meet the specified minimum entry criteria before applying for this bursary. Note that failure to fulfill all the requirements will result in the non-consideration of your application.

  • Applicants must be South African citizens or permanent residents in South Africa.
  • Applicants must be female.
  • Successful completion of an Honours degree is a prerequisite.
  • Intention to pursue full-time studies for a Masters Degree in Biostatistics/Statistics is mandatory.
  • Intention to enroll in a recognized and accredited University in South Africa for the designated program.
  • Meeting the admission requirements of the MSc study program or receiving an offer of placement at a South African University is essential prior to applying for this award.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Mathematics, Statistics, Demography, and other quantitative fields is required.
  • Agreement to adhere to SAMRC’s scholarship terms and conditions as outlined in the bursary application form is obligatory.
  • Applicants should not be recipients of any other scholarship, bursary, grant, or remuneration that binds them to enter service at another organization without prior consent from SAMRC.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have already secured a place at a South African University for Masters of Science studies.

How to Apply?

Applicants who fulfill all the specified criteria should adhere to the following application process:

Step 1: Fill out the MSc Online Application Form

Step 2: Download and duly complete the SAMRC Scholarship Application Form

Step 3: Submit your comprehensive application form along with accompanying documents (mentioned below) as a single PDF file via email to:

Include the phrase “SAMRC Scholarship 2024” in the subject line of your email.

Documents Required

Kindly submit clear copies of the required supporting documents. It is essential to include all specified items, as the absence of any may lead to the disqualification of your application.

  • Certified copy of ID document or permanent residence
  • Certified copy of Honours degree certificate
  • Certified copy of full academic record
  • Complete list of current qualifications, research projects, and achievements
  • Proof of acceptance to study towards an MSc in Biostatistics or Statistics at a South African University
  • Comprehensive CV detailing relevant experience and research (if applicable)
  • Support letter from a Master’s in Biostatistics or Statistics coordinator or research supervisor
  • Motivational letter (1 page) explaining why you deserve the award and how it will impact your career, contributing to women’s health.

Closing Date 

The application deadline is 30 November 2023.

Contact Details 

For any inquiries regarding this scholarship program, please reach out to the SAMRC directly:

Name of Contact Person: Dr. Lindokuhle Ndlandla

Tel: 021 938 0442

Email id: 

Please do not send any queries after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here:

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