RFA: Bongani Mayosi National Health Scholars Programme


Request for Applications
Launch date
Deadline date
Bongani Mayosi National Health Scholars Programme
A partnership between the NDoH, PHEF and the SAMRC
A National Health Research Committee Initiative
Request for Applications (July 2021)

(2021 enrolment)

9 July 2021
20 July 2021


The Bongani Mayosi National Health Scholars Programme (BM-NHSP) is an initiative by the National Health Research Committee (NHRC) and a partnership between the National Department of Health (NDoH), the Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). The objective of the BM-NHSP is to fund the training of 1000 PhDs in health and clinical research over the next 10 years.  Applications are invited for PhD scholarships tenable at the six selected Universities in South Africa listed above. Funding is towards the completion of the degree and funding is made available for a full degree period (i.e. prescribed time for a PhD) as a tax-free scholarship for full-time study. The value of the scholarship is equivalent to the after-tax take-home pay of the applicant, in terms of the public service professional scales applicable to the qualification(s) of the candidate (excluding overtime pay). Applicants are to note that once the benchmarking process has been completed (based on the criteria at the time) and a scholarship amount has been awarded, it will remain fixed for the full duration of the studies irrespective of a change criteria e.g. additional qualifications/credentials obtained or an increase in Occupation Specific Dispensation scales.

The BM-NHSP aims to contribute positively towards efforts to strengthen and accelerate progress towards equity in research capacity development within the National Department of Health Human Capital across South Africa. Where appropriate priority will be given to hitherto under-represented designated groups, and or under researched priority research niches.

The purpose of this particular request for applications (RFA) is to enhance the participation of postgraduate scholars registered at historically disadvantaged institutions. The current funding opportunity is targeting applicants who hold a master’s degree, are currently enrolled for a PhD and conducting research within the SAMRC’s priority research areas.

Requirements for application (Check your eligibility before starting your application).

  1. Must be South African citizen/permanent resident
  2. Applicants must hold MBChB or a master’s degree
  3. Must have an officially approved PhD research proposal
  4. Must be registered as a full-time PhD student
  5. Must provide written commitment of participation by an experienced research supervisor who is willing to train the student for the entire duration of the degree
  6. The research supervisor must have research funding for the project and appropriate facilities for the scholar to effectively conduct the PhD research project


Full applications must be completed online and all additional documents requested emailed to Ms Colleen Van Wyk on or before 20 July 2021 at Colleen.Vanwyk@mrc.ac.za / Tel 021 938 0384

For enquiries contact: Dr Lindokuhle Ndlandla on Lindokuhle.Ndlandla@mrc.ac.za / Tel 021 938 0442

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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