CSIR Bursary Programme 2023-2024 for African Students – APPLY NOW

Applications are open for the CSIR Bursary Programme 2023-24. The Bursary Programme is available for African Undergraduates and Post-Graduate students looking for financial assistance to pursue their academic dreams.

CSIR Bursary Programme 2023-24 for African Students
CSIR Bursary Programme 2023-24 for African Students

The CSIR Bursary Programme 2023/2024, is aimed at empowering African students in the fields of science, engineering, and technology.

CSIR Bursary Programme

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, commonly referred to as  CSIR, is offering a Bursary Programme with the aim of providing financial support to full-time, unemployed students who are passionate about pursuing qualifications in areas prioritized by the CSIR.

This program is specifically targeted at increasing the representation of women and black individuals in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. In providing this financial assistance, the CSIR aims to create equal opportunities and foster diversity in these crucial sectors.

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For undergraduates:

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Books
  • Accommodation
  • Living Allowances
  • Once off laptop allowance

For Masters and Doctoral Students:

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Living Allowances
  • Once off laptop allowance

Eligibility Criteria for the CSIR Bursary Programme 2023-24

To be considered for the CSIR Bursary Programme as an undergraduate student, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Intend to enroll full-time for the degree of your choice at a South African public university.
  • Possess relevant certificates for admission into the university.
  • Have passed all the courses for which you registered at the university for the study period already completed if you are a current university student.

For Postgraduates:

For postgraduate students (Master and Doctoral), the following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Good scientific writing skills.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent academic record.
  • Must be driven to carry out research, be self-motivated, and be able to work independently and within a team.
  • Must be able to formulate and carry out research.
  • Excellent technical abilities.
  • Must be able to work effectively under pressure as part of a team
  • Meet scheduled deliverables.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written, with evidence of report and/or conference paper writing.
  • Good report writing skills.

Application Process

To apply for the CSIR Bursary Programme, interested candidates should follow the steps below:

Region for undergraduate Bursary

  • Data Science
  • Electronic Engineering

 Areas for Honor’s Bursary

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

 Size for Masters Bursary

  • Agricultural Sciences – Crop Science
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Bio-medical Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Economics and Social Science
  • Economics and Public Policy
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Geoinformatics
  • International Relations
  • Laser Physics
  • Machine learning
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Powder Metallurgy
  • Robotics
  • Science Communications
  • Statistics
  • Software Engineering

 Areas for Doctoral Bursary

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Aquaculture
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
  • Data Science
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Geo-Informatics
  • Geo-Information Science – Remote Sensing/Data Analytics/Modelling
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Laser Physics
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Software Engineering
  • Veterinary Science
  • Virology

Required Documents

  • An updated CV;
  • Certified identity document
  • A copy of the recent academic record

Masters and doctoral applicants,

  • Evidence of degree already completed.

Application Deadline:

20 August 2023.



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