DSI-CSIR Bursary Inter-Bursary Program 2022/2023 | STIPEND + ALLOWANCE

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socioeconomic prosperity in South Africa. The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.

The CSIR was established through an Act of Parliament in 1945 and the organisation’s executive authority is the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

The organisation plays a key role in supporting public and private sectors through directed research that is aligned with the country’s priorities, the organisation’s mandate and its science, engineering and technology competences.

Impact is at the core of our business and the following objectives are crafted to ensure that we achieve our mission:

  • Conduct research, development and innovation of transformative technologies and accelerate their diffusion;
  • Improve the competitiveness of high-impact industries to support South Africa’s re-industrialisation by collaboratively developing, localising and implementing technology;
  • Drive socioeconomic transformation through RD&I that supports the development of a capable state;
  • Build and transform human capital and infrastructure; and
  • Diversify income, and maintain financial sustainability and good governance.

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) established the inter-bursary support programme for postgraduate studies to support capacity development in key strategic and priority areas identified in key departmental strategies.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is supporting the DSI in the development of skills in these areas.

Bursary value

  • Honours/4th year Engineering/Postgraduate Diploma: R100 000
  • Masters: R120 000
  • Doctoral: R140 000
  • Students will receive additional R10 000 once-off laptop allowance.


Students approved for or registered for full-time studies at any South African public university,
who intend to register or are registered for the following degrees:

  • Honours/4th year Engineering/Postgraduate Diploma
  • Masters
  • Doctoral

Focus areas

The thematic research focus areas for the bursary are restricted to the following research areas:

  • Aerospace
  • Composites
  • Modelling and digital sciences (data science, biometrics, cybersecurity etc)
  • Microsystems Technology
  • Titanium (manufacturing elements)
  • Photonics (free space communication, fibre-optics, laser welding and optics)
  • Biotechnology (Biopharming, bio- processing and bio – catalysis)
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Health
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) – (Bioprospecting research, product and process development)

Honours/4th year Engineering/Postgraduate Diploma bursary are as follows:

  • ICT (Information Systems, Information Technology, Data Science, Computer Science,
    Information Systems Management, GIS, etc) 
  • Engineering and related majors (Electrical and Computer, Electronic, Metallurgical, Aeronautical Engineering, etc)
  • Health (Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, etc) 
  • IKS (Indigenous Knowledge Systems)
  • Statistics/Mathematical Statistics
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Biotechnology and related majors
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Pure/Applied Mathematics
  • Physics

How to apply

For more information on the DSI CSIR Inter-bursary Support (IBS) Programme, please contact the CSIR IBS team via email at: [email protected]


Closing date of the call is 04 August 2022

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