DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials invites 2020 bursary applications. Honours, MSc, and PhD bursaries for South Africans

Deadline: 8th November 2019

The DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials 2020 Bursary Application Form

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials (CoE-SM) is a major South African Research Network hosted by and in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand. The CoE-SM offers postgraduate bursaries to students who are conducting research in strong materials.

What are Strong Materials?

Strong materials are those that retain their distinctive scientific and applied properties under extreme conditions and have established or potential commercial applications.

Application for a Postgraduate Scholarship for 2020 for Honours, MSc and PhD DegreesWelcome to the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials Bursary Application Form.

Prospective and existing students must complete this application form.

Before starting to fill in the form, please consider:

1. Do I qualify (bursaries are only available for Honours, Masters and Doctorate levels);
2. Is my research topic related to strong materials? If you are unsure, please consult our website: www.wits.ac.za/strongmaterials
3. Have I clearly defined the link between my research and strong materials?
4. Do I have an ORCID ID? ALL prospective and existing students MUST REGISTER for an ORCID ID at www.orcid.org. This is a compulsory requirement from the NRF.

Proposal Guidelines:

Students apply at different stages in their research to the CoE-SM, and we therefore take this into account when evaluating applications. However, the proposal is your opportunity to convince the selection committee that you will make a good candidate. Proposals should be two to three pages long and must address the following:

1. The planned title of your research;
2. The background and why it should be done (this is your opportunity to show that you have done some reading related to the topic or why you feel this research is important or addresses a current gap);
3. The initial research questions/ hypotheses;
4. The methodological approach (show how your methodology will address the research questions) and
5. How the research relates to strong materials.

Required Attachments:

1. Copy of your ID/Passport,
2. Curriculum Vitae,
3. Certified copies of your academic records,
4. Letter of support from your supervisor/mentor or Head of School and
5. Research proposal as described above.


*Please note that the awarding of 2020 bursaries is subject to the DSI-NRF CoE-SM receiving funding from the NRF. South African students will be given preference when awarding bursaries.
*New part-time students will NOT be funded.

Closing Date: Friday, 08 November 2019



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