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SU honours academics with Research Output Awards

Stellenbosch University's (SU) annual Research Output Award ceremony took place virtually on Friday 5 February 2021. The awards were presented to SU researchers who made the biggest contribution to accredited publications (based on audited publication statistics of the 2018-output year) and doctoral graduates (December 2019/March 2020 graduations). Read more  

FMHS researcher’s career on track with Future Professors Programme

Despite many obstacles in his path, Dr Tongai Maponga of the Division of Medical Virology at Stellenbosch University (SU) has always believed in purposefully looking ahead. 

His career will now get a solid boost after he was selected to participate in the national “Future Professors Programme (FPP)". Read more

Prof English set to play key role in global health

​​​Prof René English has been elected as a member of the Subcommittee on Masters and Undergraduate Degrees in Global Health (SMUDGH) of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). Read more

French knighthood in agriculture for SU wine researcher

The French government has bestowed a ceremonial knighthood, the Chevalier dans l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole (Knight in the Order of Agricultural Merit), upon wine microbiologist Prof Benoit Divol. Read more

Thuli Madonsela receives French Knighthood

​Prof Thuli Madonsela, Chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Law, has been appointed as Knight of the Legion of Honour, by French President Emmanuel Macron (Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur). Read more

Bronchoscopy facility unlocks major research opportunities

Stellenbosch University's (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences recently launched the Biomedical Research Institute (BMRI) Research Bronchoscopy Suite, housed within the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics.

“The BMRI Research Bronchoscopy facility will pave the way for site-of-disease research for lung diseases, particularly tuberculosis," Prof Gerhard Walzl, head of the Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics said at the launch. Read more

Prof Oonsie Biggs secures Faculty's first NRF A-rating

Prof Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs, the incumbent of the DST/NRF Research Chair in Social-ecological Systems and Resilience, recently received an A-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF), a first for the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences. Read more

Economics researcher receives highest post-doctoral research rating

​​Dr Nic Spaull from Stellenbosch University's Economics Department was this week awarded a P-rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the highest rating possible for post-doctoral researchers in South Africa. Read more


Stellenbosch University Pioneering Researcher Achieves A1 NRF Rating

The renowned Computer Scientist, Prof. Andries Engelbrecht, was awarded an A1 rating by the National Research Foundation. This is the highest achievable rating on the NRF’s rating system. Read more

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. Click here to access the virtual copy.  
Horizon Europe is the new €90 billion EU framework programme for research and innovation, running from 2021 to 2027. To achieve its ambitious scientific, societal and economic objectives, and to maximize the impact of the financial investment, the programme must attract the best researchers and the most innovative companies. South Africa participates as a Third Country and many researchers at SU have participated successfully in the previous Horizon 2020.

The first work programmes are expected to be published by April 2021.The first calls will open once the work programmes have been published.

For more information: please contact Lizél Kleingbiel at lizelk@sun.ac.za

Open4Research is an international research funding portal accessible to all our SU researchers. SU subscribes to this portal and you merely need your @sun email address to gain access. You may visit Open4Research as many times as you like.

SU is currently one of the top 3 universities with the highest number of visits on Open4Research (8781 in 2020).

How to find research funding:
1. Register on www.open4research.eu/stellenbosch
2. Go to “Search for funding” (or “Browse funding”)
3. Under “Keyword”, type in your discipline e.g. “climate change” – 127 calls appear
4. Filter by “Funding type” e.g. “Grant” – 71 calls appear
5. Filter further by “Deadline” (or use any other filters)
Should you require support, please contact us on Research@sun.ac.za.

For more information, contact: Lizél Kleingbiel at lizelk@sun.ac.za
   SU International  *     Postgraduate Office  * Library and Information Services
SU International

With an extensive network of partner institutions on​ six continents, Stellenbosch University is not only changing the lives of its students but its staff as well.  Despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on international travel​, SU Staff are afforded an opportunity to attend various international virtual staff opportunities. 

Please find some of the virtual opportunities offered to SU staff by some of our networks and partner universities here.

Postgraduate Office
The Postgraduate Office has prepared this publication to give you an overview of important topics relating to the practicalities of postgraduate studies and research at SU. Read more
Library and Information Science
The series of #SmartResearcher Library workshops will continue to be presented in webinar format in 2021. The webinars in March will start off with Useful tools and applications for research, there will be two induction sessions for new postgraduate students and staff members as well as two webinars on research data management. The Mendeley workshops are still very popular and will be presented each month. You will also be able to find assistance each week at our shorter Mendeley Mondays sessions. The last webinar of the month will present tips on how to format your thesis with MS Word.
Please see the full programme here or book via the Library’s Training Calendar.
Enquiries: Marié Roux 
Create & Manage Course Reading Lists in SUNLearn for Lecturers
In keeping with modern trends in higher education and to support remote learning, the Library and Information Service in close consultation with academic departments and the Centre for Learning Technologies during the last term of 2020 implemented an online Course Reading Lists system. Course Reading Lists, powered by Leganto© from Ex Libris, enable lecturers to build and manage their reading lists directly from within SUNLearn. Read more about the system’s advantages for you as facilitator of a course and for your students.

Register for one of the following group training sessions via MS Teams:
Wednesday, 3 March (09:00 - 10:30)
Wednesday, 10 March (09:00 - 10:30)

To start on your own building your reading list, follow the step by step instructions.
For enquiries or specific training needs, contact your Faculty Librarian or
Natasja Malherbe (Manager: Digital Library Systems)  |  Tel: +27 21 808 2845.
Submission of Creative outputs for subsidy
Researchers now have the opportunity to submit their creative outputs to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) for formal recognition and subsidy purposes.
The internal closing date for submissions of these outputs is 1 June 2021.
Please complete the online form for each of your submissions: Click here

You have to provide the names and contact details of two peer reviewers in your submission.
The open data repository Figshare is available as a platform to share a link to the output.
Contact person for general enquiries:               
Contact person for help with the online form:
Output years that qualify for subsidy this round:
n-3 i.e. for this round outputs that had been published/performed in the period 2018-2020.
Stay up to date with all research related calls and announcements from the DRD.
  • To subscribe to our funding calls / workshops mailing list click here.
  • To subscribe to our public lectures mailing list click here.
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. Listen to their insightful discussions here.

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