CSIR Bursary 2024

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio economic prosperity in South Africa.

The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.

About The Bursary

Throughout history, science has had a critical role to play in contributing towards societal progress and prosperity. Organisations such as the CSIR have an important role to play in advancing science and innovation. Armed with some of the best minds in the world, we work on trying to solve problems that can help all South Africans.

The CSIR hereby invites applications from students wishing to pursue a career in research, technology development and
innovation as well as corporate/support areas.

Who Can Apply

Current grade 12 or university students that intend to or are currently enrolled full-time for the degree of choice at a South African public university.

Please Note: Only specific fields of study (for Undergraduate, Honours, MSc and PhD) and thematic areas (for MSc and Phd) will be considered.

To see the full list of considered fields of study (separated by level of study) and thematic areas (including explanations), please click Here

  • Applications that are incomplete and that include misrepresentations will immediately be disregarded.
  • Please ensure that you attach ALL of the Required Documents
  • Applications are currently closed.

  • It is the students responsibility to apply for entrance for their intended course, university and to ensure that they are able to meet the entrance requirements stipulated for the course.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to find a suitable supervisor and to ensure the supervisor supports the application.
  • Please ensure that you complete all the sections of this application form.
  • Please select the correct funding opportunity when completing your application.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail once we have received your application.

Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to interviews. Good Luck!

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Required Documents

Please prepare the following documents:

  • A certified copy of your barcoded ID.
  • A copy of your CV.
  • All high school applicants must attach a certified copy of their grade 11 reports. If applicable, please provide proof of provisional university acceptance.
  • For students who have already completed their matric,please attach a certified copy of your matric certificate.
  • All tertiary students must submit certified copies of their matric results and their most recent official transcript. For applicants that have enrolled at multiple institutions during their tertiary studies, please combine all your transcripts into one document.
  • Proof of registration for students currently enrolled at a tertiary institution.
  • For applicants under the age of 18, to comply with POPI regulations a signed consent form completed by your parent/legal guardian along with a certified copy of their proof of identity is required.
  • You can download the guardian consent form by clicking HERE.