MSc bursary: Scientific Authority (2017 – 2019) (plant project)

3 March 2017 - 4:00pm

The South African National Biodiversity Institute is offering an MSc bursary to an enthusiastic student with strong conservation interests.

The research project, to be undertaken by the student in fulfilment of the requirements of an MSc, must contribute to the mandate of the Scientific Authority (see  The Scientific Authority was established in terms of Section 60 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act of 2004 (NEMBA) to assist government with regulating the trade in specimens of threatened or protected species (TOPS) and species included in the Appendices to CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).

The research project must generate information that is useful for the conservation, management and sustainable use of one of the CITES-listed plant species on the attached list.  The successful applicant will be expected to identify an appropriate supervisor at a South African university and then register with the university by 22 March 2017.  The SANBI will nominate a co-supervisor and will cover all operational costs of the project.

Research project species list

Aloe brevifolia

Aloe ciliaris

Aloe ramosissima

Aloe thraskii

Euphorbia bupleurifolia

Euphorbia flanaganii

Euphorbia groenewaldii

Euphorbia melanohydrata

Euphorbia obesa

Euphorbia perangusta

Euphorbia silenifolia

Euphorbia squarrosa

Euphorbia stellata

Euphorbia umfoloziensis

Rhipsalis baccifera

Duration:  April 2017 – April 2019

Bursary information:  A student bursary of R 120 000 p.a. (excludes operational costs) will be awarded to the successful applicant and will be renewable in the second year of study.

Application procedure:  The attached form should be completed and submitted together with all the required documents to Subject: Scientific Authority MSc bursary (plant project).  The applicant must motivate in his/her letter of interest why the SANBI should award the bursary to him/her. 

For further details regarding the project please contact:

Michèle Pfab (SANBI)

Tel.:  +27 12 843 5025


3 March 2017 - 4:00pm
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