IBS Bursary

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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

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) established the Inter-bursary Support Programme for postgraduate studies to support capacity development in key strategic and priority areas identified in key departmental strategies.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is supporting the DSI in the development of skills in these areas.

Who Can Apply

Current univeristy students accepted or registered for full-time studies at any South African university looking to complete a Honours, 4th year Engineering, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters or Doctoral qualification.

Please Note: The CSIR-DSI Inter-Bursary Support Programme applications are restricted to those students whose degrees are aligned to specific thematic research areas and research themes/technology streams. Supervisor endorsement and motivation will be required with each bursary application for Masters and Doctoral applications.

Preference will be given to applicants from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and people living with disabilities.

To view the full eligibility guidelines and a list of all considered thematic research areas and research themes/technology streams, please click Here

To view FAQ's 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.

Good Luck!

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Required Documents

Please prepare the following documents:

  • A certified copy of your barcoded ID or Passport (for international students)and permant residency.
  • A copy of your CV.
  • Proof of registration for students currently enrolled at a tertiary institution.
  • Transcript of academic record indicating a minimum accumulative academic achievement in previous degree.
  • Official and certified university degree certificates. For applicants that have enrolled at multiple institutions during their tertiary studies, please combine all your transcripts into one document.
  • Recommendation letter by Supervisor (compulsory for master’s and doctoral applicants).
  • Admission letter indicating full time registration (if available). This will be required if application is successful.
  • 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.