Are you interested in furthering your studies in conservation? Are you an enthusiastic researcher? Do you live in South Africa? If yes, here is an opportunity for you. Bursaries are available to conduct research as part of the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) work on biological invasions.
They offer 4x Honours; 6x Masters; 2x Doctoral; 4x Post-doctoral. Hurry, the closing date for applications is 3 November 2017 - 4:00pm.
Projects will be considered provided they are relevant to one of SANBI’s focus areas (status report and monitoring; incursion detection and response planning; eradication planning and co-ordination; taxonomy).
SANBI is a leader and coordinator of research, monitoring and reporting on the state of biodiversity in South Africa.
Bursaries are to cover living expenses and university fees
Honours/4th year undergraduate: R 80,000 p.a. for 1 year
Masters: R 120,000 p.a. for 2 years*
Doctoral: R 150,000 p.a. for 3 years*
Post-doctoral: R 300,000 p.a. for 2 years
*Applicants for Masters or Doctoral bursaries can be considered for a one-year project development internship should the applicant be unlikely to finish their studies within the prescribed period of time. In such cases, a candidate may be offered an internship interview. A project development intern is expected to re-apply for a bursary the following year.
Requirements and running costs
Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, and interested in doing excellent research that will help improve our understanding and management of biological invasions. Student bursaries are only available to South African citizens and will be awarded in line with national equity targets.
Unsuccessful and ineligible bursary applicants may be considered for support with project running costs if their projects are closely aligned to SANBI’s focus areas. Post-doctoral research bursaries are open to anyone who has completed their PhD in the last five years.
Honours students need to apply to a university honours programme themselves and the bursary is conditional upon them securing their position in such a programme. Project running expenses are covered separately to the bursaries and vary depending on the project. Funds are only available to students and post-docs registered at universities in South Africa.
Each application is to be accompanied by a standard bursary application cover sheet (available on the SANBI website). Applications must include a full CV; certified copies of ID and academic record; two letters of academic reference; an agreement from a prospective academic supervisor; a one-page project outline for Honours applications or a two-page project outline for Masters, Doctoral, and Post-doctoral applications; and two journal publications if applicable.
Send all documents to
with “SANBI Biological Invasions Bursary application” in the subject line.
Academic queries: Prof John Wilson (
Application process: Ms René du Toit (