MSc Scholarship

Scholarships Unit/Directorate Region Closing date
MSc Scholarship
MSc 2 years (renewable yearly depending on progress)
Biomedical Research and Innovation Platform (BRIP)
South African Medical Research Council, Parow, Cape Town 
12 February 2020

Applications are invited for an NRF-Funded MSc scholarship which forms part of the project “Developing an advanced cell culture model for pancreatic beta cells”

The primary objective of the MSc study will be to determine the differential physiological response(s) of 2D and 3D cultured pancreatic beta cells to nutritional stimuli (i.e. glucose, long- and short- chain fatty acids, amino acids). Advanced 3D culture will be used to produce functional pseudo-islet clusters that mimic normal pancreatic beta cell physiology and are able to respond to nutritional stimuli relevant to the development of diabetic pathology.

The successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic research group within the Biomedical Research and Innovation Platform, South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and will conduct research that is relevant in South Africa using state-of-the-art technologies.

Qualifications and requirements: Applicants are requested to submit the following:
  • Applicants are required to have a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiology, Molecular biology, Biochemistry or a related discipline, obtained within the last 2 years. Proficiency in laboratory techniques such as cell culture, gene and protein expression analysis are required.
  • The total value of the scholarship is R50 000 per annum.
  1. A covering letter indicating why you are appropriate for the award;
  2. Curriculum vitae (including references);
  3. Copy of your South African ID document;
  4. Certified copies of your educational qualifications.

Only South African citizens or permanent residents will be considered.

Start date: 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications should be emailed to before Closing Date: 12 February  2020
For further inquiries, please contact Dr Nireshni Chellan at 021 938 0362,