SOLTRAIN Bursary Fund South Africa


SOLTRAIN stands for Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative which was set up in 2009 to develop solar thermal systems in the SADC region. The main aim is to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and move towards a sustainable supply structure built upon renewable energy. The initiative is supported and funded by OFID and the Austrian Development Agency.

SOLTRAIN focuses on the entire Southern Africa region. It works alongside the government to implement Solar Thermal Roadmaps for the future. In South Africa, it has partnered up with SANEDI (South African National Energy Development Institute) and CRSES (Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies). CRSES is part of Stellenbosch University.

SOLTRAIN Student Project Support Scheme

SOLTRAIN has developed a support scheme for students who want to get involved in the area of solar thermal energy. Through the scheme, it offers financial assistance to needy students.

For the upcoming year’s academic session, SOLTRAIN will award postgraduate students from the SOLTRAIN partner countries, namely, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia, and Mozambique. They must be studying towards a postgraduate degree at any university that’s recognized and accredited.

The bursary amount will be decided on a case-by-case basis with a maximum funding of R 43,000. Students can use it to pay their tuition fees, registration costs, and other costs involved. But it may not cover other expenses like traveling and accommodation. SOLTRAIN will offer the set amount within the first half of the upcoming academic year.

More details will be provided to shortlisted candidates via email. If you do not receive any communication within a few days or weeks after the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

Eligibility Criteria For The SOLTRAIN Bursary

There are certain eligibility criteria for the bursary that applicants must fulfill to get the funding. These are laid out SOLTRAIN to select the deserving candidates. Since there are a limited number of bursaries on offer, it can’t be awarded to everyone who is applying. Those that do not meet all the criteria are rejected without further consideration. Therefore, always cross-check before applying.

The eligibility requirements for the SOLTRAIN Student Project Support Scheme are:

  • Must be either a South African citizen or citizen of a SOLTRAIN member country
  • Must have registered themselves for a postgraduate qualification for the first half
  • Must be either pursuing or willing to pursue studies towards specific topics in solar thermal energy. Those who are willing to take up the following topics will get priority:
    • Potential analysis for solar thermal systems in healthcare sectors in South Africa and Mozambique (work includes surveying hospitals and clinics, calculating hot water consumption in hospitals and clinics, and calculating the need for thermal solar systems in those settings)
    • Potential analysis for solar thermal systems in social and educational institutions (social institutions include student or high school residences, orphanages, and old age homes)
    • Potential analysis for solar thermal systems in the tourism sector (analysis to be done at important tourist regions regarding the hot water consumption at these locations)
    • Analysis of measurement data from selected systems from the SOLTRAIN project
    • Any other topics that have to do with the use of solar thermal technologies in an industrial setting for heating/cooling/drying purposes
    • Documentation and analysis of mass housing programmes that are mandated to install solar water heaters (in South Africa and Namibia)

The decision made by SOLTRAIN regarding the selection will be considered final.


How to Apply For The SOLTRAIN Bursary?

The application process for the SOLTRAIN Student Project Support Scheme upcoming year is easy. It’s done entirely online, with no need to download or mail application forms and papers.

To get started, complete the online SOLTRAIN Student Project Support Scheme Application Form.

The form asks certain questions about personal information, contact information, current course programme, and study interest. Then, you’d have to provide the necessary documents.

Documents Required

  • ID documents (certified copies proving your citizenship)
  • Proof of registration at the tertiary institution
  • Full academic transcript
  • A motivation letter supporting your application. Motivational letters must be written in the online application in 300 to 600 words.
  • Details about the solar thermal project (within 300 to 600 words)
  • Cost estimate for your project
  • Letter of support from your supervisor

Review your application one last time and submit it.

Closing Date Of The SOLTRAIN Bursary

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

Contact Details Of The Bursar

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