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Three FMHS researchers receive ‘Women in Science’ award

Three FMHS researchers recently did Stellenbosch University proud when they each received a 2019 L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science sub-Saharan African award. Read more here

SU Food scientist recognised as a rising researcher thanks to food fraud studies

​​​​Food scientist Dr Paul Williams is among 13 distinguished young professionals recognised by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, as one of it is 2020 DCS Rising Researchers. Read more here

SU professor receives prestigious research award

Prof Lesley le Grange from Stellenbosch University's (SU) Faculty of Education recently received the prestigious South African Education Research Association (SAERA) Honours Award. Read more here

Stellenbosch University consolidates emerging economies ranking

​Stellenbosch University (SU) has consolidated its position as one of the top universities within the emerging economies in the world. Read more here

Chair in Crop Health at Stellenbosch University to train students and qualified agriculturalists alike

The New Year saw the establishment of a Chair in Crop Health at Stellenbosch University (SU), thanks to funding of R10.5 million provided by Villa Crop Protection. Its endeavours to focus on research driven by the needs of industry, the education and financial support of students and the provision of further skills training for employees in the agricultural sector. Read more here

Prof Peter Hesseling awarded for lifetime of service

​Prof Peter Hesseling, former professor of Paediatric and Child Health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), recently became the first African to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). Read more here


SU mathematician receives SAMS award for excellence in research

A professor in Applied Mathematics in the Faculty of Science at Stellenbosch University (SU), Prof André Weideman, was awarded the prestigious 2019 Award for Research Distinction by the South African Mathematical Society (SAMS) in recognition of his important contribution to research in Mathematics in South Africa. Read more here

Ochodo receives prestigious African Research Leadership Award

​​Dr Eleanor Ochodo, a senior researcher and lecturer in the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care, is one of four “rising stars and future research leaders" who will receive a substantial funding grant to pursue research aimed at addressing priority health problems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read more here


The Stellenbosch University Open 4 Research funding portal for the identification of international research funding opportunities.

How to use the Open 4 Research platform:

  • Link to https://www.open4research.eu/stellenbosch
  • Register once off with your @sun email address and use any password
  • Use the “Search for funding” and/or “Browse funding” options for a wide range of funding opportunities
  • For some of the most recent research funding opportunities highlighted by Open 4 Research, refer to “News” or “Funding news”
  • Refer to “Help & advice” for more details on how to search
  • For enquiries, please contact research@sun.ac.za or dominiquem@sun.ac.za


New staff member

Dr Nicola Barsdorf joined the division on the 1st of January 2020 as the new Research Integrity Officer.Dr Barsdorf is the former Head of Health Research Ethics at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. She has been actively involved in research ethics for the last 18 years and is passionate about research ethics capacity strengthening in Africa. She has served on Stellenbosch University’s Senate Research Ethics Committee, and on both of the institution’s Health Research Ethics Committees for the last 7 years.
Statement on ethical research and scholarly publishing practices
On 31 July 2019, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Universities South Africa (USAf) issued a joint Statement on Ethical Research and Scholarly Publishing Practices. As a USAf member, Stellenbosch University is in full support of this statement. All researchers associated with SU, whether they are employees, students or visiting researchers, should familiarise themselves with its contents and apply these principles in their research. Read more here
Keep track of wonderful opportunities on offer to postgraduate students at SU. The Postgraduate Times collates information on postgraduate skills development events and opportunities, e.g. workshops designed to enhance postgraduate careers and important resources to add to postgraduate student success. 
To view our Postgraduate Times Newsletter click here
Revised Standard Operating Procedures for the Research Ethics Committee: Social, Behavioural and Education Research
The Research Ethics Committee: Human Research (Humanities) has rebranded itself as the REC: Social, Behavioural and Education Research (REC: SBE) in order to better distinguish its scope and mandate from the SU Health Research Ethics Committees (HRECs). The name change follows a revision of the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the REC: SBE that would provide clearer guidance on the scope, function and requirements for REC review.

For more information about the SOP and the REC: SBE, please contact the REC coordinator, Ms Clarissa Graham at cgraham@sun.ac.za or 021 808 9183.

Is your profile updated on the SU Knowledge Directory?

The aim of the SU Knowledge Directory is to make information about the expertise of our researchers more accessible by means of a web console which will feature on the SU website.  

Click here to read more.
Submission of Creative Outputs for subsidy purposes 
Researchers now have the opportunity to submit their creative outputs to the DHET for formal recognition and subsidy purposes. The internal closing date for submissions of these outputs is Monday, 23 March 2020. Please complete the online form for each of your submissions here.
For more info contact: Esmari Huysamen esmarih@sun.ac.za
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