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: info@sun.ac.za

  • Enquiries electronically:

Undergraduates: http://www.maties.com/bursaries-and-loans.html





External Bursaries, Prizes and Internships


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Call for graduates to apply for the SADSTIA academic grant in 2021




Stellenbosch University Postgraduate Scholarship Programme


We wish to draw to your attention a wonderful postgraduate funding opportunity to further your studies at Stellenbosch University. Online applications for the Stellenbosch University Postgraduate Scholarship Programme (2021) opened Monday 12 October 2020. Stellenbosch University aims to be Africa’s leading research intensive university, globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative, where we advance knowledge in service of society.​


Please read the attached Call document and note the following points:


-          International students are also eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

-          Each faculty has agreed to specific criteria and requirements (see attached call document).

-          Each faculty has a specific application form (link) – please see attached call document.

-          Please upload your supporting documents as one (1) batch PDF file, using the naming system as per the instruction on the online application form.

-          Incomplete, inaccurate or late applications will not be considered.

-          All awards will be made on the condition that the applicant achieves the required final mark as per the criteria listed on each faculty’s page of the call document.

-          Please consult the www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies webpage for more information on admission requirements, the registration process, etc. Kindly note that applicants who have not yet applied for admission to the relevant degree-programme should consult the relevant degree programme closing date for applications, before embarking on the scholarship application.

-          Applicants who have already applied for the NRF scholarship programme as well as the Postgraduate Support Bursary programme are also advised to apply for this scholarship programme.


Please visit the Postgraduate Funding Unit’s website for more information.


Closing date: 13 November 2021


Please contact MFrei if you need the pdf document.



NRF Postgraduate Fellowships 2021

All the info needed to apply is set ou​t on the NRF website here: 




Allan Gray Orbis Foundation fellowships​

Applications for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation fellowships are open. First year students in Science, Commerce, Engineering, Law, Humanities, Arts and Health sciences (Excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry) are invited to apply.​

First Year University Fellowship Programme applications open on 2 June 2020 and close on 30 October 2020.

Grade 6 Scholarship Programme applications open on 1 June 2020 and close on 14 September 2020.​





Mandela Scholarship (2020)

The Mandela Scholarship was established in 1973 to protest against the injustice of apartheid and raise the profile of Nelson Mandela's struggle for freedom. Following his release from Prison in 1990, Mandela wrote to the Scholarship Fund stating: “the power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation." Applicants must evidence how they will embrace the values of Mandela and use their postgraduate degree to make a positive contribution towards their community and home country.

​Type of award

Full Fee Waiver and Maintenance


You receive a full tuition fee waiver and a £12,000 maintenance award. 


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • have applied and received an offer for a full time, eligible Masters degree at the University of Sussex starting in September 2020
  • submit a separate scholarship application after you have applied for your Masters 

Number of scholarships available



26 April 2020 0:00 (GMT)

For more information on the application process, please visit: 



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Internship programmes hosted at the Council for Geoscience:


http://geoscience.org.za/index.php/career, this is an excellent opportunity for our Honours Graduates (especially the mapping internship)



South African Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Applications are open for the 2021-2022 academic year
Closing date for applications is April 20, 2020

Please read through the South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Program Application Guidelines and Instructions provided at the end of this page before commencing your application

The South African Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue post-graduate studies at a United States university in any subject (excludes MBA and studies that require contact with patients).

The following opportunities are available:

·         South African PhD students enrolled with a South African University may apply to conduct one year’s research at a U.S. University as a Visiting Student Researcher.

·         Post-graduate students may apply for scholarships towards Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Scholarships are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate (renewable each year).

Students are selected through a rigorous application and interview process and receive a high level of support ranging from visa processing and health insurance to a comprehensive pre-departure orientation and re-entry session.


·         Be a South African citizen OR a permanent resident with a minimum of 5 years of permanent residency status in South Africa (Please note: S.A. nationals with dual citizenship from the U.S. are not eligible for the program)

·         For Non-Degree (Visiting Student Researcher) studies: Must be registered for a PhD with a South African university

·         Have a four-year bachelor’s degree, or a three-year bachelor’s degree plus honors year, or a four-year B-Tech degree when applying for Master’s

·         Have a Master’s degree when applying for a Doctoral degree

·         What do we look for in our applicants?

·         Academic excellence

·         Required scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for each specific field of study

·         Clearly written study objectives

·         Demonstrable interpersonal skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and share with American citizens aspects of South African culture

·         Experience and interest in extracurricular and community activities

·         Evidence of leadership potential

·         A desire to further the Fulbright Program and give back to your home country upon returning

·         The Selection Committee and the Interview Panel will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting your U.S. university preferences. The Fulbright Program expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions which are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.


Guidance for applications 

·         South Africa Fulbright Foreign Student Program Application Guidelines and Instructions (PDF 265KB)

·         How to Write a Reference Letter for Scholarship Application (PDF 102KB)

·         Writing a Research Proposal for Scholarship Application (PDF 95 KB)

·         University Admission Exams

·         Additional Frequently Asked Questions





Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership’s Scholarship to eligible students. Note that this is awarded to full-time Masters students from developing countries studying in fields related to sustainable energy development.

The award is tenable at any university in the world and has a value of up to $21,000 US per year (for up to two years).


Please be informed that the deadline for application is March 6, 2020.






The City of Cape Town will be offering financial support for full-time studies at the following approved tertiary institutions (USB, UCT) to those persons residing in the greater Cape Metropolitan Area. The financial support covers the following costs: registration, examination and class fees. Applications for 2020 are open for the Water and Sanitation Directorate of the City of Cape Town.

Candidates who are registered or who wish to pursue further studies towards an undergraduate/postgraduate degree/diploma in one of the approved City of Cape Town listed scarce skills fields of study in 2020 are encouraged to apply.

Fields of StudyName of QualificationTotal No. of bursary to be awardedStudent eligible to apply:
1. Engineering1.1.  BEng: Industrial EngineeringX 54th Year student
1.2.  BEng/ BSc: Electrical Engineering
X 52nd , 3rd  & 4th Year student
1.3.  BEng/ BSc: Civil EngineeringX10All
1.4.  BEng/ BSc: Chemical EngineeringX5All
1.5.  BEng/ BSc:  Mechanical EngineeringX5All
2. Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

2.1. Bachelor/ Honours Degree:
Geographic information systems (GIS)


X23rd & 4th year students
3. Science & Technology
3.1. Hons / MSc Degree: Material Science
3.2. BTech/ BSc/ Honours : Information Technology/ Statistical Science1All
3.3. Hons/ MSc Degree: Atmospheric Science1All
3.4. Hons / MSc Degree: Virology/ Microbiology3All
3.5. Hons / MSc Degree: Water Utilisation1All
3.6. Hons / MSc Degree: Environmental & Water Sciences /Ecology 1All
3.7. Hons / MSc Degree: Chemistry/Analytical/Chemistry/
Chemical Science
3.8. Hons / MSc Degree: Geohydrology/ Groundwater1All
3.9. Hons/ MSc Degree: Marine Science1All
3.10. Hons / MSc Degree: Biotechnology1All
3.11. Hons / MSc Degree: Molecular  Biology1All
3.12. Hons / MSc Degree: Environmental Technology



Who is Eligible to apply?

  • Community members living within the jurisdiction of the Cape Metropole
  • Community members currently completing their Grade 12
  • Community members currently studying at one of the above institutions



How to apply:

  • Complete the financial support application
  • Attach all relevant documentation (an application will not be processed without it)
  • A signed copy of the application form with all supporting documents can be emailed  to FinancialSupport@capetown.gov.za
  • For any enquiries please contact: Tesseline Reynolds: Tel: 021 444 9783 / 4684



Documents to be attached:

  • Registration letter or provisional acceptance letter from your approved tertiary institution
  • Certified copy (Not Older Than Three Months) of your Matric/Grade 12 Certificate if you have matriculated
  • Certified copy of June 2019 Grade 12 results
  • Any signed and dated recommendations from teacher/s, mentors and peers
  • Awards and Certificates you have achieved
  • The contact details of two persons who can be contacted as references
  • Certified copy of your ID (Stamped Not Older Than Three Months)
  • Certified copy of ID of Surety Holder (i.e. parent/guardian)
  • Proof of residence (Utility Bill, Accounts, Affidavit)
  • Payslip/proof of Government Grant (certified)
  • Any work you have already done in the field you wish to study in

A list of the approved fields of study may be viewed at the listed municipal offices, all libraries as well as on the City's websites.

Financial Support (Bursaries) will cover registration, examination and class fees.
Prospective applicants must not be in possession of any other form of financial assistance (i.e. NSFAS/Grant, etc.)
Enquiries: Please Contact Nozipho Gwadiso at 021 444 4684

Application forms may be obtained from the abovementioned offices and libraries or from the City's website: www.capetown.gov.za/careers
Closing Date: Friday, 06 March 2020
Please Note:

No late applications will be considered • Received applications will not be acknowledged in writing and copies of supporting documents will not be returned • Should you not receive a response from the City by 06 March 2020, kindly accept that your application has been unsuccessful and no correspondence will be entered into. Applications with incomplete/no supporting documents will not be considered.




FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarships 2020


Information Session: 30 September, 13h00 – 14h00

Lecture Room 1012 – Northern Entrance of the Wilcocks Building


FirstRand will soon open its prestigious postgraduate scholarships for international study and requests your attendance. All scholarships will be awarded based on

academic excellence, leadership ability,

community involvement and the candidate’s

potential to be a destiny changer



FirstRand would like to invite potential applicants to attend an information session on 30 Sept (13h00-14h00). The session will be facilitated by Woodman Maphalala and Charmaine Zondi from Tshikululu Social Investments, on behalf of FirstRand.


·         FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar scholarship for international postgraduate study

SA citizen for PG studies at an international university of their choice – any field

·         FirstRand Foundation scholarship for international postgraduate study

SA citizen for PG studies at an international university of their choice – any field

·         FirstRand Oxford African Studies scholarship for a Masters degree at the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford

SA citizen for a Masters degree at the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. Successful candidate will be housed at Wadham college; a course application should be submitted to the University of Oxford.

·         FirstRand FNB Fund Oxford Education scholarship for a Masters degree in Education at the University of Oxford

SA citizen, will be housed at Wadham College; before applying for this scholarship, a course application should be submitted to the University of Oxford.

·         FirstRand FNB Fund scholarship for international postgraduate study in Education

SA citizen, for PG study in Education at an international university of their choice.


This prestigious scholarship opportunity will open on 16 December 2019 and applications will close on 20 February 2020.






Closing Date: Friday 24th January 2020


  1. Candidates must be between 18 – 26 years of age
  2. The candidates need to be completing a postgraduate degree (Honours/Postgraduate Diploma/LLB – not Masters/PhD etc.)
  3. The approved fields of study are:
    1. Commerce/Auditing/Economics/Financial Management/Quantitative Finance/Statistics/Data Science/Mathematics/Finance/Tax
    2. Agricultural Sciences/Environmental Sciences
    3. Computer Engineering/Computer Science/Information Technology
    4. Law
  4. Proof of admission will suffice or you may attach proof of registration if possible
  5. Preference will be given to students who are financially needy and/or the ‘missing middle’
  6. Funding will cover tuition fees, books, accommodation and a monthly living allowance
    1. Funding can only be used to top-up existing scholarships
  7. Shortlisted candidates must avail themselves for an interview (around the end of January/beginning February 2020).


Please complete the attached application form and follow the steps outlined.


Closing date: 24 January 2020



Physical Address: Tel (During Office Hours ONLY):

2nd Floor, Old Trafford 4, Isle of Houghton, (011) 447 7707

36 Boundary Road, Houghton

Email: stacey@tomorrow.org.za Fax: 086 416 8823

Please contact us should you have any queries regarding our application process or other conditions of acceptance. 


Please see call below for the Ruth First Scholarship 2020-21 at Durham University in the UK. Note that it is only available to applicants from southern Africa to take a one-year taught Masters course. It is particularly targeted at people who have played a leading role in community, charitable or voluntary work.

The application deadline is 4 March 2020. The online application form is accessible at: https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/pg/finance/funding/bursaries/scholarships/ruthfirst/  

Applications are invited for the 2020-21 Ruth First Scholarship at Durham University in the UK. This is the longest-running scholarship for African students in the UK, established in 1964 and later named after the anti-apartheid campaigner Ruth First, who worked at Durham in the 1970s.

The Scholarship is available to applicants from southern Africa to take a one-year taught Masters course at Durham University. It is particularly targeted at people who have played a leading role in community, charitable or voluntary work. The application deadline is 4 March 2020.

For information about the Scholarship and how to apply, go to:


The online application form is accessible at:


The form will go live on 8 January 2020.

Applicants must apply online both for the Ruth First Scholarship and for a place at Durham University. Only one scholarship is awarded per year.


Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship

Supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development


The Social Science Research Council offers fellowships to support the completion of doctoral degrees and to promote next generation social science research in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The fellowships support dissertation research on peace, security, and development topics. 

The doctoral dissertation research fellowship supports 6-12 months of dissertation research costs of up to US$15,000 on a topic related to peace, security, and development. This program also offers two workshops each year to help fellows to further develop and strengthen their research, engage key literature in their fields, embark on fieldwork-based research, and develop their capacity for scholarly writing, including academic publications.


All applicants must:

  • be citizens of any sub-Saharan African country
  • be enrolled and working towards a PhD in an accredited university, or affiliated to an institution in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda
  • have a fully developed doctoral dissertation research proposal approved by a graduate school/program at an accredited university in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or Uganda.

As of May 2015, the program prioritizes applicants holding a faculty position or demonstrating a durable commitment to higher education in Africa, but does not restrict eligibility to such individuals. 

The program seeks to promote diversity and encourages women to apply.

Thematic Priorities:

The program features a thematic focus on peacesecurity, and development in order to renew basic research agendas and strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity addressing these issues. 

The program encourages innovative research on peace, security, and development topics, moving the boundaries of scholarship and research by exploring concrete linkages between these themes. We envision supporting a diverse set of projects seeking to shed light on a range of economic, political, social, conflict and peacebuilding processes using evidence-based research.

Some projects, we hope, will examine large-scale phenomena and others small-scale social processes. The strongest projects typically will explore connections across these scales. Some research projects will rigorously explore elements of governance, civil society, human rights, peacebuilding mechanisms/institutions and processes, and rule of law. Others will explore root causes of conflict, human insecurity, emerging trajectories and forms of conflict, insecurities, and human mobilities. Above all projects should advance important fields of study and social science knowledge.

For additional on information on previously supported projects, please visit our fellows’ pages

Please see the following list of prospective issues that are considered relevant to Next Gen fellowships:

  • Causes and drivers of conflict
  • Institutional and local approaches to conflict prevention, management and resolution
  • National and Regional approaches to peace, security and development
  • Identity and conflict
  • Gender, youth, conflict, peace and security
  • Conflict, peace and human mobilities
  • Histories, Arts and Cultures of conflict and peace
  • State-Society relations
  • Economic and Humanitarian perspectives to conflict and peace
  • Democracy, human rights and development
  • Post-conflict development, reconstruction and reconciliation
  • Law, peace agreements and transitional justice
  • International justice and war crimes
  • Law and constitutionalism
  • Natural resource governance and development
  • Climate Change, conflict, peace and security
  • Globalization and emerging insecurities
  • Peace education
  • Media, conflict, peace and security

Application Process:

All applications must be submitted using the online application portal.

Strong proposals will offer clear and concise descriptions of the project and its significance. Proposals should display thorough knowledge of the relevant social science literature that applicants will engage and the methodologies relevant to the project. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that all proposed activities are feasible and can be completed in a timely manner. All proposals will be evaluated for these criteria by an independent, international committee of leading scholars from a range of social science and related disciplines. 

Fellows must be willing to attend two workshops sponsored by the SSRC each year that are intended to help early-career faculty engage in scholarly reflections, research and writing. We anticipate awarding up to 45 fellowships in total across all categories each year.


The next application deadline is January 10, 2020. 

Award decisions will be announced in May 2020, and all Next Gen funded research must take place between July 2020 and July 2021.  All research must be completed within a continuous six to twelve month period.  Additional information on eligibility, the application process, and award details can be found in our Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

For inquiries or technical questions pertaining to the online application portal, please contact SSRC staff from the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Program: nextgenafrica@ssrc.org



Please see attached call for the overseas conference grant applications from the Postgraduate Student Funding Office. Note that only 2nd and 3rd year PhD students who intend to present a paper or poster at a conference may apply. Completed application forms must be returned to postgradfunding@sun.ac.za on or before the respective closing dates.


Kind Regards,

Postgraduate Office (PGO)

Stellenbosch University



Beste kollegas


RE: US Doktorale Reisbeurse vir konferensiedeelname




·         1 December 2020 vir konferensiesiklus Januarie tot April 2020.


·         1 Maart 2020 vir konferensiesiklus Mei tot Augustus 2020


·         1 Julie 2020 vir konferensiesiklus September tot Desember 2020.


Die Nagraadse Kantoor bedryf ‘n beperkte fonds om 2de of 3de jaar doktorale studente met hul kostes vir internasionale konferensiebywoning buite Suid-Afrika te ondersteun. Die Overseas Conference Grant (OCG) is nie ‘n volbeurs nie en dien as aanvulling.




U word vriendelik verwys na aangehegte Voorwaardes en Bepalings en ook die aansoekvorm.


Vriendelike groete




RE: SU Doctoral travel grants for conference participation


Closing dates:


·         1 December 2019 for conference cycle January to April 2020


·         1 March 2020 for conference cycle May to August 2020


·         1 July 2020 for conference cycle September to December 2020


The Postgraduate Office has limited funding available for conference attendance for doctoral students in their 2nd or 3rd year. The Overseas Conference Grant (OCG) is a supplementary award to attend an international conference outside of South Africa to present a paper or poster.


Kindly bring this notice to the attention of your 2nd and 3rd year PhD students who intend to present at a conference. This grant is awarded on a competitive basis.


Kindly refer to attached Terms and Conditions document as well as the application form.


With kind regards






VLIR-UOS scholarship for the Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management

The preregistrations for the VLIR-UOS scholarship for the Master of Science in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management for 2020-2022 are now open!

More info on our website: http://www.oceansandlakes.be/node/28

Deadline of the application: 1 February 2020

Thanks for forwarding this message to interested applicants!

Hear about the story of a few of our VLIR-UOS alumni in the video below (made in celebration of 20 years VLIR-UOS, December 2018):




​NRF bursaries


Will reflect on the nrf website soon. Keep checking!​



A general link to SA bursaries to check out: