SAMRC Internship Scholarship Programme - Masters and PhD Scholarships for Clinical/Health Research

Request for Applications
Launch date
Deadline date
SAMRC Internship Scholarship Programme
Masters and PhD Scholarships for Clinical/Health Research
SAMRC Intra & Extra-Mural Research Units
26 May 2022
27 June 2022

The SAMRC Internship Scholarship Programme (ISP) has been restructured to be in line with all other post graduate scholarship programmes offered by the SAMRC. The objective of the SAMRC Internship Scholarship Programme remains primarily to transform the composition of the country’s health and clinical research human capital to be more representative of the demographics of the nation. Within the context of the SAMRC, the SAMRC Internship Scholarship Programme is specifically designed to open an opportunity to develop Black Scientists i.e., African Black, Colored, Indian and Asian scientists through PhD training. Preference will be given to candidates registered for a doctoral degree in strategic and/or emerging research areas.

The purpose of this particular Request for Applications (RFA) is to attract black scientists within the following research fields, which will be given preference: Biostatistics, Bioethics, Data Science, Digital Health, Demography, Epidemiology, Evolutionary Virology, Implementation Science, Health Economics, Genomics, Immunology and Structural Biology.

Level No of years Value of scholarship p.a. Notes
PhD 3  (+ 1 year extra, on strong motivation from hosting Unit Director and Supervisor) R200 000.00
  1. Funding is until completion of degree, or the specified number of years whichever comes first. Adequate performance is a requirement for annual renewal of scholarship.
  2. Candidates must i) provide proof of being registered full time and ii) have ethics clearance for the research project.
MSc 1 (+ 1 year on strong motivation from hosting Unit Director and Supervisor) R160 000.00
  1. Only scholars who are doing specialized Masters degrees in the following research areas will be considered: Biostatistics, Computer science/ Data Science/ Epidemiology/ Demography and Data analytics.
  2. Candidates must i) provide proof of being registered full time and ii) have ethics clearance for the research project.

Requirements for application

  1. South African citizen or permanent resident
  2. Black candidate (African Black/Colored/Indian/Asian)
  3. A fully developed research proposal for MSc/PhD
  4. Research project must fall within the SAMRC priority research areas
  5. Current registration at the university in which the degree will be awarded.
  6. You must be receiving supervisory support from an SAMRC intramural unit or SAMRC extramural unit or SAMRC research centre.
  7. Availability of research funding for the project and appropriate facilities to effectively conduct the research project.

Full applications must be completed online, and all additional documents requested emailed to Mr Vincent Fipaza on or before 27 June 2022 at Vincent.Fipaza@mrc.ac.za (Tel 021 938 0311).

Required documentation to be submitted:

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    Contact details

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

    Expiration: 
    Monday, June 27, 2022 - 23:59