CSIR Bursary Programme for African Students 2023/2024 [Full Funding]

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Africans for the CSIR Bursary Programme aimed at supporting full-time, unemployed students in obtaining qualifications in areas that are deemed a priority by the CSIR.

The bursary is open to academically qualifying young persons and is targeted at attracting and increasing women and black people in science, engineering and technology.

Scholarship Sponsor(s): CSIR

Scholarship Type: Partial Funding

Host Institution(s): Not specified

Scholarship Worth: Not specified

Number of Awards: Several

Study Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Nationality: South Africans

CSIR Bursary Programme 2023/24 | Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the CSIR Bursary Programme, applicants must meet the following conditions:


  • Applicants must intend to enrol full-time for the degree of choice at a South African public university.
  • Must possess relevant certificates for admission into the university (undergraduates) and must have passed all the courses for which they registered for at the university for the study period already completed (current university students).

Postgraduates (Masters and Doctoral)

  • Candidates must possess 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.

Bursary Cover

For undergraduates

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

For Masters and Doctoral Students

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

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for the CSIR Bursary Programme are to complete an online application by the application deadline and provide the following supporting 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.

Application Deadline: 20 August 2023

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