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​​ ​​CSIR Scholarships

​​CSIR Bursary Programme
Call for 2024

Closing date: 20 August 2023

The CSIR bursary programme financially supports full-time, unemployed students in obtaining qualifications in areas that are deemed a priority by the CSIR.

The bursary is open to academically qualifying young people and aims to attract and increase participation of women and black people in science, engineering and technology, specifically in the areas mentioned below: 

  • 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
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Science Communications
  • Statistics
  • Software Engineering
  • 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

For a Masters and Doctoral bursary, applicants should be South African citizens who possess the following:

  • Good scientific writing skills;
  • Good organisational and time management skills;
  • Excellent academic record;
  • A drive to conduct research, self-motivation and the ability to work independently and within a team are essential;
  • The ability to formulate and carry out research;
  • Excellent technical abilities;
  • The ability to work well under pressure as part of a team and meet scheduled deliverables; Good communication skills both verbal and writing (e.g. with evidence of report and/or conference papers writing); and
  • Good report writing abilities.

Furthermore, the ideal candidate is an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual who takes ownership and initiative. He/she must also meet the entry requirements for Masters or PhD's bursary at the selected university.

Your Application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • An updated CV;
  • A copy of your certified identity document; and
  • A copy of your latest academic record
  • For masters and doctoral applicants, proof of degree already completed must be included

​Failure to attach these documents will result in your application being null and void.

Bursary covers
  • ​Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Living Allowances
  • Once off laptop allowance

​Academic merit will be considered during the selection process, as well as the imperative to increase the participation of women and black people in science, engineering and technology.

Non-financial support

Full wrap around support and vacation work.

ObligationsYou are obligated to work back every year that the CSIR has funded ​
How to applyApply here https://csir.auraams.app/
Contact details

For more information on the CSIR bursary, please contact CSIR recruitment centre:

Tel: +27(12) 841 3256

Email: bursaryprogramme@csir.co.za

Website: https://www.csir.co.za/bursaries

Closing date20 August 2023 ​​

CSIR InterBursary Support Programme
Call for 2024

Closing date: 30 August 2023

The CSIR and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) are pleased to announce the DSI CSIR Inter-bursary Support Programme (IBS) call for applications.

Late applications will not be considered.

The IBS postgraduate bursary support is intended in funding students approved for or registered for full time studies for Honours/Postgraduate Diploma, Masters or PhD degrees at any South African public university.


Students who are approved or registered for fulltime studies at any South African public university, who intend study for the following degrees:

  • Honours/postgraduate Diploma
  • Masters'
  • Doctoral
Focus areas

CSIR-DSI IBS applications are restricted to students whose degrees are aligned with the thematic research areas indicated below:

  • Bio-catalysis
  • Biopharming
  • Bioprocessing
  • Health
  • ICT
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Microsystems technology
  • Mining
  • Modelling and digital sciences
  • Titanium (manufacturing elements)
  • Photonics
Value of the bursary award per annum
  • Honours/postgraduate Diploma: R100 000
  • Masters': R120 000
  • Doctoral: R140 000
  • Students will receive an additional once off laptop allowance of R10 000

How to apply


​​Click here for more information https://www.csir.co.za/dsi-csir-inter-bursary-support-programme

Click here to apply https://csir.auraams.app/

The closing date for all applications is Wednesday, 30 August 2023

Contact details

For more information on the DSI-CSIR IBS, please contact the CSIR IBS team:

Tel: +27(12) 841 3304

Email: hcd-interbursary@csir.co.za

See the below document for ease of reference regarding the scholarship:

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