CSIR Masters and Doctoral Bursary Programme 2023 for South Africans

CSIR Masters and Doctoral Bursary Programme 2023 for South Africans

The CSIR bursary programme financially supports full-time, unemployed students in obtaining qualifications in areas that are deemed a priority by the CSIR.

CSIR Masters and Doctoral Bursary Programme 2023 for South Africans Eligibility The bursary is open to academically qualifying young people and aims to attract and increase participation of women and black people in science, engineering and technology, specifically in the areas mentioned below:

Areas for undergraduate Bursary

  • Computer Science
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering

Areas for Honours Bursary

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Information System
  • Geospatial Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

Areas for Masters and Doctoral Bursary

  • Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


For undergraduate – Honours Bursary

  • South African citizen
  • Must intend to enrol full-time for the degree of choice at a South African public university
  • English (Level 5)
  • Mathematics (Level 6)
  • Physical Science (Level 6)

Current university students

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Planning to enroll full-time at a South African University for 2023
  • Must have passed all the courses for which you have registered for at the university for the study period already completed

For a Masters and Doctoral bursary, applicants should be South African citizens who possess the following:

  • Good scientific writing skills;
  • Good organisational and time management skills;
  • Excellent academic record;
  • A drive to conduct research, self-motivation and the ability to work independently and within a team are essential;
  • The ability to formulate and carry out research;
  • Excellent technical abilities;
  • The ability to work well under pressure as part of a team and meet scheduled deliverables; Good communication skills both verbal and writing (e.g. with evidence of report and/or conference papers writing); and
  • Good report writing abilities.


Furthermore, the ideal candidate is an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual who takes ownership and initiative. He/she must also meet the entry requirements for Masters or PhD’s bursary at the selected university.

Your Application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • An updated CV;
  • A copy of your certified identity document; and
  • A copy of your latest academic record
  • For masters and doctoral applicants, proof of degree already completed must be included

Failure to attach these documents will result in your application being null and void.

Bursary covers


This is a comprehensive bursary, and it covers all the costs associated with university studies, such as:

For undergraduates – Honours

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Books
  • Accommodation
  • Living Allowances
  • Once off laptop allowance

For Maters and Doctoral

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Living Allowances
  • Once off laptop 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.
Non-financial support

  • Full wrap around support and vacation work.


You are obligated to work back every year that the CSIR has funded
How to apply


A call for 2023 intake is NOW open.


Contact details For more information on the CSIR bursary, please contact CSIR recruitment centre:
Tel: +27(12) 841 7518
Email: [email protected]
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