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​​​Offers within the Department



2018 until filled

Postdoctoral research fellow position to study bioactive trace elements to understand seasonal cycling of trace metals in Southern African and Antarctic coastal oceans:
The Trace Metal Experimental and Biogeochemistry Group (TracEx) within the Department of Earth Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa, invites applications for a postdoctoral position. The broader research project examines the biogeochemical
cycling of iron, copper and zinc and their link in controlling primary productivity. The postdoctoral fellow will apply geo-tracers to understand cycling and interaction of trace nutrient with phytoplankton to study Southern African and Antarctic coastal regions. Thus,
preference will be given to applicants with expertise in clean room techniques and biogeochemistry of trace metals linked to physics of the ocean. Added experience in biogeochemical modelling, and knowledge of GIS and remote sensing will be advantageous.
The position will require fieldwork, participation in Southern Ocean cruises and travel, therefore physical fitness and ability to work long hours in harsh conditions is a pre-requisit.
The applicant may assist with future proposal preparation and will have the opportunity to advise graduate students and, to some extent, if desired, support undergraduate teaching and outreach activities. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research exist through collaboration
with the other groups in South Africa (e.g., oceanography, biotechnology) and internationally (e.g., GEOTRACES community).
Applicants should have a doctoral degree in a related discipline such as Oceanography, Earth Sciences, Biogeochemistry and a record of scientific research publications in scholarly journals relavent to this position.
The position is for 24 months, commencing from June of 2018 or earlier, subject to grant success. Renewal of the position for the second year is subject to performance and availability of funds. For further information about the project and to apply please contact
Prof A Roychoudhury ( Application should include, as a single pdf document, a cover/motivation letter outlining experience and expertise relevant to the project, a comprehensive Résumé/CV and a short research statement. Please also provide the names
and contact information of three professional referees.​




​Bursaries, internships and other opportunities


This page shows you earth science related bursaries and opportunities for e.g. internships. The list is not complete of course, but rather should help you find out which bursaries or internships etc. are available. Where available, we provide information on eligibility and deadlines for application. There will surely be other possibilities not mentioned here, so be inspired and look around in the field of your interest. Good Luck!

Important: We only share the information here. We, as Department of Earth Sciences, do not provide these bursaries and internships, so make sure you follow the link and apply with the respective organisation, not with us! Also note that we share the information to the best of our knowlegde. Since the information comes from other sources, we do not take responsibility that the information is accurate and/or complete. 


Bursary information from Stellenbosch University

A wide variety bursaries and loans for prospective students are available from the University, as well as from private institutions and companies. Detail information regarding bursaries and loans is stated in the Calendar, Part 2 that can be obtained in the same manner as application forms.​

Application forms can be obtained from:

  • Postal Address: Bursaries and Loans (Undergraduate), University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602

  • SU Client Services Centre, Tel: 021 808 9111, E-mail:

  • Enquiries electronically:




External Bursaries, Prizes and Internships


Dep​artment of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Internship Programme 2018

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) invites applications from unemployed graduates for the 2018 / 2019 Internship Programme. Positions are available countrywide, across a wide range of fields. Further details are posted here.

​Closing date: 21 December 2017




Call for Applications for

NRF Honours Block Grant Bursaries for 2018


Stellenbosch University Closing Date: 15 January 2018


Kindly bring this opportunity to the attention potential South African citizens or permanent residents of South Africa who intend to pursue their Honours studies in 2018.


Find more information here:


Application and Funding Guide 2018 NRF Honours.pdf


Framework 2018 NRF Honours Bursaries.pdf

Students not eligible

·        Foreign Nationals;

·        Applicants that already hold an Honours’ or Final year B Tech degree;

·         Applicants’ intending to pursue Postgraduate diploma qualification.

·         Applicants’ who full-time employed or work more than 12 hours per week.