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2024 SA-CERN Programme: Excellence MSc/PhD Bursary
Application deadline: 22 December 2023
The SA-CERN Programme seeks outstanding individuals to support their MSc or PhD studies in research related to the CERN facility. It will provide the full cost of study support for the 2024 academic year for the duration of studies of successful individuals. This includes sponsorship of research trips to CERN aligned with the projects of selected students. The bursary is eligible only to those starting their MSc or PhD studies.
Postdoctoral research positions in Computational Materials Science – University of South Africa (UNISA)
Application deadline: 11 December 2023
Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Fellowship research positions in Computational Materials Science in the High Performance Computing research group led by Prof Enrico Lombardi at UNISA.
The postdoctoral researchers will pursue novel research in computational materials science to understand microscopic mechanisms underlying the properties of materials. Materials of interest range from two-dimensional solids to crystalline semiconducting materials. We are particularly interested in wide bandgap semiconductors such as diamond and, Ga2O3, etc., as well as heterostructures formed by van der Waals layered solids including their applications in spintronics, optoelectronics, energy, and gas sensing, amongst others. Density Functional Theory and its various extensions are the main computational approach. Since there are plethora of potential materials for these applications, high-throughput calculations (i.e., involving large amount of data) to screen materials may be necessary. Analysis of data may require knowledge of, and application of machine learning, data science or statistical techniques. Ultimately, the research will focus on the understanding of the behaviour of defects in these materials, and optimize the properties (composition, application of external perturbations, such as mechanical, electrical, magnetic, etc.) of selected materials for targeted applications.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship – University of Fort Hare
Application deadline: 30 November 2023
A fulltime postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Science and Agriculture at the University of Fort Hare, Alice Campus. The fellowship will enable an outstanding doctoral graduate to obtain experience in research and innovation at a higher education institution under the mentorship of established researchers. The fellowship is available for a period of one year.
South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Scholarship for Master’s programmes
Application deadline: 30 November 2023
The SARB, in collaboration with the Data Science Academic Committee of the National Graduate Academy for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (NGA(MaSS)), invites prospective Master’s degree students to apply for competitive SARB bursaries in the fields of Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, with specific reference to financial analytics.
Tomorrow Trust: 2024 Bursary – Honours
Application deadline: 15 November 2023
This comprehensive bursary is for candidates who will start their 1-year Honours degree in 2024. Click on the link below to see the application criteria.
2024 SAINTS Prestigious Masters and Doctoral Scholarships
Application deadline: 30 October 2023
The Southern African Institute for Nuclear Technology and Sciences (SAINTS), a division of iThemba LABS, invites academically outstanding students to apply for Masters and Doctoral scholarships in fields of Science and Engineering to do their research full-time in one of the following fields:
- basic nuclear physics (study of nuclear reactions, shapes and more),
- applied nuclear physics (study of radiation effects on matter, environmental radiation, accelerator mass spectrometry and more),
- materials science (materials characterization),
- nanoscience (new materials development),
- radiobiology (studying effects of radiation on the body),
- radiochemistry (development of novel radioisotopes for use in nuclear medicine and more), and
- advanced control systems for accelerator components and detector instrumentation (Engineering, Computer science).
Shuttleworth Postgraduate Scholarship Programme
Application deadline: 20 October 2023
The Shuttleworth Postgraduate Scholarship aims at training the next generation of black South African pure and applied mathematicians by providing a unique learning programme at one of the leading Centres of Mathematics in Africa. The Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics of the University of Cape Town is offering up to three Shuttleworth Postgraduate Scholarships (Honours, MSc & PhD levels) to highly motivated black South African students who aspire to become academics.
Each Shuttleworth Postgraduate Scholarship has a value of R275 000 per annum to cover fees and living costs. In addition, each scholar will receive annually R26 000 for computer equipment and research travel.
Hugh Kelly Fellowship
Application deadline: 15 October 2023
The Hugh Kelly Fellowship is for a Senior Scholar with a well-established research record. The Fellowship is open to researchers who were awarded their PhDs more than five years ago.
Applications are invited for the year 2024.
Postdoctoral Fellows for 2023/2024 in Astrophysics Research Group, Stellenbosch University
Deadline: 15 August 2023 (extended to 10 September 2023)
The Astrophysics Research Group in the Physics Department of Stellenbosch University offers several Postdoctoral Fellowships starting September 2023 or soon thereafter.
One position [Ref. SU-HERA-2023] will heavily involve in Hydrogen Epoch Reionization Array (HERA), and work on low-frequency interferometer calibration, high-redshift EoR power spectrum analysis, and cross-correlation technique.
Two positions [Ref. SU-LSST/SKA-2023] will work on preparing science for Vera C. Rubin Observatory (LSST) and Square Kilometre Array, with emphasis on multi-wavelength studies of the large-scale structure and galaxy formation. The research involves developing an analysis method and pipeline for large-scale structure cross-correlation and 21-cm cosmology.
Call for Applications for the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) Honours for 2024
Deadline: 31 August 2023
NASSP Honours is open to students who have graduated with a BSc degree Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics or Cosmology with Physics and Mathematics / Applied Mathematics at least up to second year level.
Successful students will be offered bursaries (based on the full cost of study at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Cape Town, or North-West University) from honours degree level to the completion of their Master’s degree. This which may be completed at any NASSP node (UKZN, UCT or NWU) or partnering university in South Africa with a suitable project in one of the fields mentioned above.
NRF-SARAO Postgraduate Bursaries in Astrophysics
Deadline: 30 June 2023
Are you a postgraduate student in physics, electronics, astronomy, astrophysics or computer science and interested in furthering your postgraduate studies as part of the South Africa Radio Astronomy Observatory’s work with the SKA? If so, you can apply for a bursary through Stellenbosch University (SU). Prof Yin-Zhe Ma, a specialist in astrophysics and cosmology in SU’s Department of Physics, is offering one MSc and two PhD NRF-SARAO bursaries for 2024 on topics that revolve around the large-scale structure of the Universe, Neutron stars and dark matter search, and the epoch of reionization.
Sasol Bursary Programme
Deadline: 23 May 2023
The Sasol Bursary Programme awards bursaries to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, covering both financial as well as developmental support throughout the study period. Bursaries are awarded for standard degree courses and students must study full time at a recognised and approved standard South African University. The Sasol Foundation also offers an all-inclusive bursary to talented individuals who are planning to study full-time towards an undergraduate degree to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.
Shoprite bursaries for Data Science studies
Deadline: 30 April 2023
Shoprite has successfully started its very own Data Science Academy, producing top-level specialists in the field of data science. Successful applicants will join the pipeline for the academy. With a plan to keep this academy growing in the years to come, Shoprite is now looking for university students who have a passion for data and would like to make the data academy their starting point in an exciting career.
Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant
Deadline: 24 April 2023
The 2023 JWO grant of $150,000 (USD) will be awarded to a successful applicant to support a research programme of up to three years. The Grant encourages trans-disciplinary research applications that seek solutions to challenges in Africa. Applicants should be (1) early career African scientists, (2) with strong links to a credible (3) African institution, and who are proposing to conduct research on the continent. Applicants must also hold a degree (PhD, equivalent or higher qualification), have no more than seven years of work and/or research experience post-degree (excluding career breaks, including family-related breaks) and meet other criteria.
Grants to attend ICTP Summer School on Particle Physics
Application deadline: 31 March 2023
Date of School: 19-30 June 2023
Venue: ICTP, Trieste, Italy
The School aims to give a detailed overview of particle physics from the basics of Standard Model phenomenology to the most important areas where significant progress has been achieved recently. The School targets PhD students in high energy physics, but qualified MSc students in their last year as well as young postdocs can also apply.
A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. Female scientists are encouraged to apply.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University Of The Free State (UFS)
Deadline: 6 March 2023
The UFS invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Candidates interested in pursuing an academic or professional career in mathematics are encouraged to apply. We are specifically looking for an applicant that is working in functional analysis, preferably with a specialization in operator semigroups, evolution families and evolution equations. The fellowship will enable an outstanding doctoral graduate to obtain experience of research and innovation at a higher education institution under the mentorship of established researchers.
2023 SA-CERN Programme Excellence MSc/PhD Bursaries
Application deadline: 31 December 2022
The SA-CERN Programme Excellence Bursaries will cover the full cost of study for the 2023 academic year for the duration of studies of successful individuals who are starting their MSc or PhD studies. This includes sponsorship of research trips to CERN aligned with the projects of selected students.
The bursary values per annum are:
- MSc level: ~R115 000 – 150 000
- PhD level: ~R102 000 – R177 000.
#YouthLeadSDG14 For Global Climate Action Campaign
Deadline: 8 December 2022
The Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN) have launched a global competition to inspire, empower and reward young people taking action on oceans. They call on young people from across the Commonwealth to unite and take action in the #YouthLeadSDG14 Action Challenge, which will raise awareness of youth-led action on SDG14. Entrants are asked to complete 14 actions as part of the Challenge. Three winning participants will share a cash prize.
Open Call for CyberGirls Fellowship
Deadline: 4 December 2022
The CyberGirls Fellowship is a free 1-year program that equips girls and women aged 18 – 28 years old with globally sought-after cybersecurity skills. This positions them to start a career in cybersecurity and helps them to seize work opportunities within Africa and across the world.
10 Billion Strong – Green Leaders Academy Program
Application deadline: 30 November 2022
This online program prepares emerging youth leaders to understand key environmental issues and learn how to use civic engagement to effectively address environmental challenges. It is part of a broader initiative led by 10 Billion Strong, which aims to train 1 million green leaders in 36 key countries by 2030. The next Green Leaders Academy will run from 2 December 2022 to 27 January 2023.
Opportunity to clear student debt
Application deadline: 21 November 2022
Students who completed their undergraduate degree in the faculties of Engineering, Data Science, Information Technology or Finance in 2019, 2020 or 2021 and have outstanding student debt may qualify to have this debt settled through the Feenix Graduate Bursary Programme. Click to view the application criteria.
Applicants are kindly requested to acknowledge in the application process that they heard about this opportunity through NITheCS.
Application deadline: 31 October 2022
The SARB, in collaboration with the Data Science Academic Committee of the National Graduate Academy for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences – NGA(MaSS), invites prospective Master’s degree students to apply for competitive SARB bursaries in the fields of data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence, with specific reference to financial analytics.
Research Fellow in Quantum Computing
Application deadline: 5 August 2022
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position in the theoretical nuclear physics group at the University of Surrey to work on a research project developing and applying quantum computing algorithms to tackle problems in nuclear structure as part of an STFC-funded Developing Quantum Technologies for Fundamental Physics programme. The work will involve developing new algorithms and/or applying existing algorithms to solve nuclear models such as the shell model and mean field model, and to look at dynamical processes such as nuclear decay.
CSIR Bursary Programme for 2023 academic year
Application deadline: 15 July 2022
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) invites applications from students wishing to pursue a career in research, technology development and innovation, as well as corporate / support areas. The bursary programme is open to academically qualifying young people and aims to attract and increase participation of women and black people in science, engineering and technology.
DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding: call for new applications for 2023 academic year
All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.
Second Call for Proposals – Early Career Research Collaborations
Application deadline: 30 June 2022
This is the Second Call for Proposals aimed at facilitating research collaborations amongst early career academics/researchers in mathematical sciences. It is open to all early career researchers/academics at member institutions of the National Graduate Academy for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (NGA(MaSS)).
Scholarships for Udacity Nanodegree programmes
Application deadline: 23 June 2022
The African Leadership Group and Udacity are offering 5 000 scholarships for African citizens wanting to further their careers in tech with new digital skills. The scholarships are for the following programmes: Data Analyst, Full-Stack Web Developer and Cloud Developer
Opportunity for Masters and PhD scholarship within KRISP at UKZN: 2023
Application deadline: 10 June 2022
The KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP), the state of the art UKZN Research Centre has opportunities for Masters and PhD students with great potential and an ambition to pursue a career in research. Successful applicants will become part of a dynamic research team and get hands-on experience in the generation and analysis of genomic, epidemiological and clinical data.
DAAD In-Region scholarships for MSc/PhD study in Mathematics
Application deadline: 3 May 2022
The shortlisting process for the 2023 intake of the Stellenbosch Mathematics Division DAAD In-Region scholarships for MSc or PhD study in Mathematics has now opened. Applicants need to be nationals or permanent residents of a Sub-Saharan African country, excluding South Africa. Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Bursaries: Data Science – 2022
Application deadline: 30 April 2022
Shoprite has successfully started its very own Data Science Academy, producing top-level specialists in the field of data science. To keep this academy growing in the years to come, Shoprite is looking for 10 university students who have a passion for data and would like to make the data academy their starting point in an exciting career.
Bursaries: Information Technology / Systems – 2022
Application deadline: 30 April 2022
This bursary aims to attract and fund talented Information Technology / Systems students to join Shoprite Group. Shoprite has successfully started its very own SAP Academy, producing top-level specialists in the field of System Analysis. Successful applicants will join the pipeline for the academy.
Chegg.org Global Student Prize
Application deadline: 17 April 2022
The Chegg.org Global Student Prize is a US$100,000 award presented to an exceptional student, making a real impact on learning, the lives of their peers and on society beyond. The application and nomination process is now open.
The Chegg.org Global Student Prize is open to all students who are at least 16 years old and enrolled in an academic institution or training and skills programme. Part time students as well as students enrolled in online courses are also eligible for the prize. The prize is open to students in every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country in the world.
Viadrina International Program – for Graduates: opportunity for PhD students
Application deadline: 17 April 2022 (23:59 pm CET)
The Viadrina International Program – for Graduates (VIP), a funding programme for doctoral students, supports the international networking of doctoral candidates and their stronger involvement in international research contexts and discourses. The VIP has remaining funds for the year 2022.
PhD students may therefore apply for Fellowships for Research Stays at the European University Viadrina (up to three months).
FOR FURTHER DETAILS: CLICK HERE or contact Maike Hagen on +49 (0)335 5534 – 2614
Positions in theoretical physics for students and postdocs affected by the crisis in Ukraine
Application deadline: 16 April 2022
Perimeter Institute is offering positions in theoretical physics to final-year undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs whose study or research has been interrupted by the Ukrainian crisis.
Citizens of all countries can apply for the below positions:
- Final-year undergraduate students and first-year master’s students will join the 10-month PSI master’s programme, enrolling at the University of Waterloo
- Current PhD students will work with a Perimeter faculty member for the duration of their stay, typically up to one year
- Postdocs will join Perimeter’s collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment for up to one year
Positions may begin as soon as May 1, 2022. Start dates will be arranged on an individual basis with selected applicants, and Perimeter will work with all successful applicants to assess funding needs and requirements.
Submissions will be reviewed as they are received. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
Scholarship Programme for Young African Researchers: call for applications
Application deadline: 15 April 2022
Young researchers from universities in sub-Saharan Africa can apply to spend a short period of time (generally 1 to 3 months) at a Coimbra Group University to carry out part of their research there.
Applications open for The Geneva Challenge
Deadline: 30 March 2022
The Graduate Institute Geneva is now accepting applications for the Geneva Challenge to stimulate reflection and innovation on development from diverse disciplinary and contextual perspectives.
The idea is to gather contributions that are both theoretically grounded and offer pragmatic solutions to a relevant international development problem stemming from an interdisciplinary collaboration between three to five enrolled master students from anywhere in the world.
Five prizes will be distributed; one in each of the following categories (based on the UN Statistics list):
- Universities located in Africa
- Universities located in Asia
- Universities located in Europe
- Universities located in North America and Oceania
- Universities located in South America
The ADG contest distributes R410k CHF in monetary prizes. The winning project will be awarded +R165k; the two teams in second place will receive +R82k each and the two teams in third place, +R41k each.
- Participants of the ADG contest 2022 must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of their registration for the contest.
- They consider ‘graduate students” to be anyone enrolled in a post bachelor level university programme with a maximum duration of 2 (two) years, or anyone who can prove to be studying towards acquiring a masters level degree.
- Participants must gather in teams of 3 (three) to 5 (five) graduate students. In the submitted analysis, they should contribute with an interdisciplinary approach or from at least 2 (two) different disciplinary perspectives.
- No participation on an individual basis will be admitted.
- The participants can be enrolled in the same graduate programme or can collaborate with students from other programmes from the university they are enrolled in or coordinate with students from different universities and institutions worldwide.
- The category in which the team will be placed for the contest will be based on the continent of the universities predominantly represented within the team.
- In case, there is an equal representation of continents within the team, the team decides in which category they wish to compete.
- All team members must provide a scanned copy of a document that serves as proof of enrolment as a graduate student before the registration of the team can be confirmed and validated.
- Any official document issued by the academic institution the student is affiliated to is accepted as proof of enrolment as long as it contains:
- The name of the student;
- The programme he/she is enrolled in;
- An issuance date up to three months before the registration date or
- Validity beyond the registration date.
- Exceptionally, they might accept the registration of students who are transitioning into graduate studies, as long as they have already been accepted in a graduate student programme at the time of the registration.
- Any official document issued by the academic institution the student is affiliated to is accepted as proof of enrolment as long as it contains:
For more information, visit Graduate Institute Geneva.
International Day of Mathematics: Photo Challenge
Entry deadline: 14 March 2022 (23:59 pm CET)
High school and undergraduate students are invited to participate in a Photo Challenge in celebration of the International Day of Mathematics. By submitting a photograph that showcases mathematics in daily life, aligned with the theme ‘Mathematics Unites’, they could win a prize.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS: CLICK HERE
2022 Quantum Error Correction (QEC) Summer School
New York, USA | 5 – 30 July 2022
This in-person school aims to give participants a working knowledge of QEC offered through a series of 10 mini-courses and invited talks from leading researchers in this field. Students pursing graduate degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Engineering are encouraged to apply.
Applications are invited and will be targeting 70 participants; the first round will be reviewed from 3 March. IBM will cover the costs of the school, accommodation and food, however, participants will need to cover their own travel and visa application costs.
Click to see participant requirements.
Bursaries from Gauteng City Region Academy (GCRA)
Application deadline: 28 February 2022
The GCRA has bursaries available for the 2022 academic year.
- You must be a South African citizen
- You must reside within the Gauteng province
- You must be between 18 and 35 years old
- You must have completed matric
- Undergraduate students: you must be studying or have been accepted to study towards an undergraduate qualification at an accredited PSET institution (Post School Education and Training)
- Postgraduate students: you must be studying or have been accepted to study towards a postgraduate qualification at an accredited institution of higher learning
Students who meet any of the following criteria will automatically qualify for a bursary, but must still apply online:
- Top achievers at a Gauteng-based school
- Top 3 learners from no-fee paying Gauteng-based school
- Top 3 learners from a school in Gauteng for Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN)
2nd Annual Open Size Prize
This is an award (with monetary value) for those who present the best open source solution for a quantum simulation problem pertaining the Heisenberg model for a three particle system on IBM Quantum’s 7 qubit Jarkata System.
Click for more information about the approaches that can be taken to solve this problem.
MSc and PhD Bursaries in Artificial Intelligence, WITS
The Institute for Collider Particle Physics at WITS invites applications for MSc and PhD bursaries to work on applications of Machine Learning. These include projects in collaboration with IBM, York University and other international stakeholders.
Deadline for applications: 15 December 2021
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SAAO: postdoctoral fellowships for 2022
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for five postdoctoral fellowships, commencing in 2022.
To be eligible for a fellowship, applicants must have been active in research since obtaining their doctoral degree. In the case of a break in research, an applicant must have obtained his/her doctoral degree on, or after, 30 September 2017. Also, successful applicants must be able to commence with their postdoctoral fellowships in South Africa on, or before, 1 October 2022.
UKZN inqubate |CSIR bursary programme: call for 2022 applications
The CSIR is inviting applications from students wishing to pursue a career in research, technology development and innovation as well as BCom/BTech Accounting or Risk Management to submit funding applications for their 2022 studies.
The CSIR Bursary Programme is open to academically qualifying young people and also aims to attract and increase participation of women and black people in science, engineering and technology. The bursary caters for full-time studies in specific qualifications at a public South African university for undergraduate (including honours), masters and doctoral degrees.
The CSIR offers a comprehensive bursary that covers all the costs associated with university studies, such as: tuition and registration fees, academic book allowance, accommodation, a once off laptop allowance and a living 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.
Watch videos of current bursary recipients:
NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for 2022 Academic Year
The call for applications for bursaries for 2022 is open. We encourage our current and prospective students to please apply as soon as possible, doing so in the section “Grant Holder Linked Bursaries”. The UID code to be used for NITheCS is 65212.
Please send your “Reference Number” to Rene Kotze when you have completed your application. You are welcome to contact Rene if you have questions or need assistance with your application.
NRF Freestanding, Innovation and Scarce Skills (FISS) Fellowships for 2022
This is a direct Call by the NRF. Please refer to the Call documentation for the necessary info, and contact your NRF Designated Authority (DA) for your institution’s internal closing deadline.
NB: please use 65212 as our UID when applying for an NRF bursary.
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NRF research grants for 2022
The call for NRF research grants for 2022 is now open. To view all available grants, and application documents, please visit the website here.
- Black Academics Advancement Programme (BAAP)
- Competitive Programme for Rated Researchers (CPRR)
- Competitive Support for Unrated Researchers (CSUR)
- New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP)
- Support for Y-rated Researchers
- Various Travel and Training Grants
DAAD in-region MSc and PhD scholarships
The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) is offering scholarships for MSc and PhD degrees in mathematics at Stellenbosch University for studies commencing January 2022. These scholarships are for graduates and postgraduates from Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South African students. Female applicants and candidates from less privileged regions or groups are encouraged to participate in the programme.
Deadline for applications: 18 May 2021 | CLICK FOR DETAILS
Call for NRF Postgraduate Scholarships for 2021
The DSI and NRF have announced a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2021 Academic year.
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