Deadline:

31 July 2019.

Location:

South Africa.

(Paid Opportunity)

Description

TWAS-NRF Doctoral Programme
South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) are working in partnership with TWAS to advance science in developing countries through two doctoral fellowships: the NRF-TWAS Doctoral Fellowships and the NRF-TWAS African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships.

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  • TWAS-NRF Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at research institutions in South Africa for a maximum period of three years. They are awarded to scientists from developing countries (other than South Africa) to enable them to pursue PhD research in the natural sciences.
  • TWAS-NRF African Renaissance Doctoral Fellowships are tenable at research institutions in South Africa for a maximum period of three years. They are awarded to scientists from Africa (other than South Africa) to enable them to pursue PhD research in the natural sciences.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Agricultural Sciences.
  • Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology.
  • Biological Systems and Organisms.
  • Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences.
  • Chemical Sciences.
  • Engineering Sciences.
  • Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences.
  • Mathematical Sciences.
  • Physics.

Required Languages

English.

Eligible Countries

EGYPT, SYRIA, IRAQ, PALESTINE, JORDAN, LEBANON, TUNISIA, ALGERIA, MOROCCO, SUDAN, LIBYA, SAUDI ARABIA, EMIRATES, KUWAIT, QATAR, BAHRAIN, OMAN, YEMEN, SOMALIA, DJIBOUTI, MAURITANIA, TURKEY, IRAN, COMOROS, & OTHER COUNTRIES ARE NOT FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA.

Program Period

Up to 3 years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Be nationals of a developing country* (other than South Africa).
  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in South Africa or any developed country.
  • Must be a maximum of 35 years of age by 31 December of the year of application.
  • Must have obtained an MSc degree in a field of natural sciences.
  • Must have proof of evaluation of all foreign qualifications (obtained from non-South African universities) evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) or proof that the applicant has submitted his/her qualifications to SAQA for evaluation. Failure to submit proof will result in the application being rejected.
  • Provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship.
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship.
  • Provide an official letter from a host South African institution, department or laboratory and motivation from the applicant’s host.
  • Meet the following requirements of the English Language Proficiency Academic test: IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0); or TOEFL (paper) 575 (TWE 4.5); or TOEFL iBIT (min. 20); or Cambridge minimum 58.
  • Present a detailed research project that must be registered and approved by the host institution and provide a letter of support from the prospective host supervisor.
  • Be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

Opportunity Cost

(Paid Opportunity)

  • NRF will provide travel to and from South Africa, a standard monthly allowance which should be used to cover living costs, such as accommodation, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency.

How to Apply

First Step: Applicants must contact institutions in South Africa or potential supervisors to obtain a placement into the doctoral research training programme. For details of recognised HEIs and other Public Research Institutions click here.

  • Applicants must provide an official letter from their host South African institution, department or laboratory and motivation from the applicant’s host. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the respective institution to apply for acceptance. In addition, it is also the responsibility of the applicant to secure a supervisor for the study.
  • The research project must be registered and approved by the host institution (a letter of support from the prospective supervisor must be attached to the application.

Second Step: Applicants must apply for the NRF – TWAS Doctoral Fellowship/  TWAS-NRF African Renaissance Doctoral Call for 2019 by accessing the link: on the NRF Online application system (kindly select the “Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for Full-time Studies for 2020” which includes the TWAS-NRF PhD programme).and follow the steps below:

On accessing the link, please follow the following instructions:

  • Individuals that are not registered on the NRF Online system, must first register by selecting the ‘new registration’ option and complete all sections.
  • Once a profile has been created, login using your passport number and password.
  • Select “My Applications”.
  • Select “Create Application”.
  • Select the call for which you are applying: NRF – TWAS Doctoral Fellowship Call for 2020.
  • Select “Apply now”.
  • Complete all relevant sections of the application form.
  • Remember to complete all compulsory sections of the application as incomplete applications will not be considered for support by the NRF. Please follow the step-by-step directions supplied in the Funding Guide.
  • Remember to submit your application on completion.

Third Step: Please attach the required documents (please see the Application and Funding Guide for complete details):

  • Certified copy of the Passport.
  • Official acceptance letter from a South African university.
  • Certified copies of undergraduate and postgraduate certificates.
  • English Language Proficiency Academic test if available.
  • SAQA evaluation certificate or proof of application for the evaluation.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Mohamed Magdi Eweda / Egypt

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