Lees die Afrikaanse weergawe hier                                                                      May 2021

SU researcher studies infant feeding practices

​Dr Moleen Dzikiti (Zunza) from the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics was recently awarded a grant of more than R2.6m to study infant feeding practices among women living with HIV.

The grant is from the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), which is a public-public partnership between countries in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, supported by the European Union.


SU’s Guy Midgley one of Reuters’ most influential climate scientists

Stellenbosch University's Prof Guy Midgley is one of four South African scientists listed on the Reuters Hot List of the top 1000 most influential climate change scientists in the world.

SU leads new gender-transformative sexual and reproductive health intervention study

Prof Sarah Skeen from Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences recently received a research grant to the value of £638 050 (R12,5 million) from the United Kingdom's Medical Research Council. 

SU academic receives major Flemish poetry prize

Dr Alfred Schaffer, a celebrated poet and a lecturer at Stellenbosch University (SU), was recently awarded the prestigious 2021 Herman de Coninck Prize for his collection of poetry called Wie was ik (“Who was I").

Prof Eugene Cloete elected as chair of EDHE initiative

Prof Eugene Cloete, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies at Stellenbosch University (SU), has been selected as the Chairperson of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Community of Practice (CoP) for Entrepreneurial Universities.

SU to launch new School for Climate Studies

In what promises to be a groundbreaking initiative in the battle against climate change, Stellenbosch University (SU) has announced the establishment of a new School for Climate Studies, which will be officially launched in June 2021.

Launch of World-class platform for vineyard training and research

Stellenbosch University and Vinpro have just launched a world-class platform for vineyard training and research at the Welgevallen experimental farm in Stellenbosch.


Biological pest control measures: researchers now know how to transport tiny nematodes to farms

For the past 18 years, researchers at Stellenbosch University (SU) have studied a selection of nematodes found naturally in South African soils. In the process they have identified quite a few such roundworm species that could be used to biologically control agricultural pests.

SharkSafe BarrierTM withstands two years of testing at La Réunion Island

The SharkSafe Barrier, an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional shark-control programmes, have withstood two years of testing in Réunion's bay of St Paul. This is part of ongoing efforts by the island's shark security centre Centre Sécurité Requin (CSR) to find a workable and eco-friendly solution to the island's shark crisis.

Accurate quantification of cell dynamics possible with new software tool

Engineers and scientists from Stellenbosch University have developed a visualisation tool that can automatically localise and quantify specific cellular processes such as mitochondrial fission and fusion – and that in three-dimensional space and time.


 Research at Stellenbosch University​ 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest edition of Stellenbosch University (SU)'s  multi-award winning publication Research at Stellenbosch University​ will currently only be available in electronic format.



National Research Foundation Scholarship Call 2022​

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2022 academic year for full-time students not in salaried employment (contractual or permanent) while studying.
Freestanding NRF students who received funding in 2021, do not have to submit a new application, but should submit a Progress report as stipulated in the Conditions of Grant (unless they are progressing to a new study level). Similarly, current funded Masters and Doctoral Grant-holder linked students need not apply for this call, as they may be eligible for continued funding linked to their research projects (unless they are progressing to a new study level). Contact Shannon Faro (sbrooks@sun.ac.za) in this regard.
The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master’s and doctoral studies respectively, in the year of application, regardless of first year of registration. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and Permanent Residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e., those whose combined household family income is less or equal to R350 000 per annum), living with a disability or exceptional academic achievers. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and Permanent Residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria. Scholarships are intended to support honours, master’s and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.
The NRF has phased out the block grant nomination process as well as the grant-holder linked modalities. All new postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System by accessing the link: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/.
NB: Students recruited by supervisors to be linked to Grant-holder projects should select Grant-holder linked Scholarship under the “Application Category” of the 2022 NRF Postgraduate Scholarships application and complete the Supervisor UID/Application Reference under the Reference section. In other words, current and prospective NRF project leaders will share with their prospective students their NRF UID or Application Reference which the student will then indicate on their Scholarship application form.

Funding Opportunities
Internal SU Closing Dates
Contact Person
First-time Masters
17 June 2021
 Rozelle Petersen  
First-time Doctoral Scholarships (Including Nuffic (Split-site)
Doctoral Scholarships)
01 July 2021
Rozelle Petersen  
SARAO First-time Masters
and Doctoral Scholarships
26 July 2021
Rozelle Petersen  
SARAO Honours Scholarships
03 August 2021
Tammy Abrahams
Nugent Lewis
Extension Support for Masters and Doctoral Studies
23 August 2021
Rozelle Petersen (Freestanding students)
Shannon Faro (Grant-holder Linked students)
Dominique Meyer (Thuthuka Grant-holder students)
Honours General Scholarships
*1 September 2021 for students who must still undergo a financial means test;
1 November 2021 for the rest
Tammy Abrahams
Nugent Lewis





Research Data Management Adventure Game Launched

Stellenbosch University’s Library and Information Service has launched the Research Data Management Adventure Game at Stellenbosch University. The Research Data Management Adventure Game is a text-based role playing interactive fiction serious game based on the data management challenges of an academic research project.



Virtual WRCI 2021


Stellenbosch University (SU) recently launched its own podcast channel, talks@stellenboschuni, to provide a platform for SU researchers to discuss their work outside the traditional forms of academic discourse.