5 x MSc bursaries; 13 Honours bursaries Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme (FBIP)

17 January 2017 - 4:30pm

The FBIP is funded by the Department of Science & Technology, and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The FBIP is offering the following bursaries for postgraduate studies in 2017/18:

  • 13 Honours bursaries
  • 5 Masters bursaries

Who is eligible to apply?

The bursaries are offered to South African citizens registering at any national
institution in 2017. Bursaries will be awarded according to equity (40%), academic record (30%) and relevance of proposed project to the FBIP focus (30%). Successful applicants will be expected to carry out projects in taxonomy, DNA barcoding, generation of species occurrence records / data or the application / use of such data in addressing questions relevant to global change or the bioeconomy.


  • Honours: R60 000/year for one year
  • Masters: R80 000/year for maximum two years

The bursary allocation is intended to cover registration fees and / or living expenses. Project supervisors are expected to cover the running costs of projects.


Applicants are requested to visit the SANBI website (www.sanbi.org/jobs and opportunities)
for the Application Cover Sheet which must be completed. Applicants are also required to submit the following documents: 

  • Full CV
  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Certified copy of academic marks for courses
  • Certified copy of highest qualification           
  • Statement of acceptance from supervisor/Head of Department
  • Project out-line (1-2 pages)   

Please name each document clearly and send with the cover sheet to students@sanbi.org.za  

Subject: “FBIP bursary application”. Please note that any emails sent to SANBI must be under 10MB in size.

Successful applicants will be notified by 31 January 2017

Once SANBI has notified the successful applicants they will be expected to register
at the university where they will be studying, and to request the university to nominate them on the NRF system for the bursary.

The bursary will be awarded to the student by the NRF through the university which
will administer the payment of the bursary to the student.


Prof Michelle Hamer – M.Hamer@sanbi.org.za; 012 8435017 / 082 8037222 or

Dr Lita Pauw – L.Pauw@sanbi.org.za; 012 843 5113

SANBI reserves the right not to fill these bursaries. If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

17 January 2017 - 4:30pm
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