CSIR: Inter-Programme Bursary Support (IBS) 2018 in South Africa

The CSIR and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the DST Inter-Programme Bursary Support (IBS) call for applications for 2018 in South Africa.The CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) hereby invites bursary applications from talented people wishing to pursue a career in research, technology development and innovation.

Bursary application Closing Date: 29 September 2017, Friday

Bursary Provider: CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research)

Nationality: South African citizens

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

  • Aerospace
  • Composites
  • Modelling and digital sciences (data science, biometrics, cybersecurity and so forth)
  • 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

Bursary Value Per Annum

  • Honours : R60 000
  • Masters  : R90 000
  • PhD         : R120 000


  • Full-time students studying towards an Honours, Masters or PhD degree at any South African public university.
  • Students approved for or registered for fulltime studies for Master’s or PhD degrees at any South African public university may apply.
  • Students who intend to register for Honours/4th year Engineering/BTech will also be considered.
  • The CSIR-DST Inter-Bursary Programme applications are restricted to those students whose degrees are aligned to the research areas and technology streams indicated below.
  • Supervisor endorsement and motivation will be required with each bursary application.
  • Preference will be given to applicants from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and people living with disabilities.

How to Apply

Download application forms and the general guidelines here:
Click here to download application form: Honours/4th year Engineering/BTech Level
Click here to download application form: Masters or Doctoral level
General guidelines about applications

Application forms and more information about the IBS can also be obtained from the postgraduate funding office of each of the public universities.

For more information on the DST-CSIR inter-bursary support (IBS) programme, please contact the IBS administrator at: [email protected]

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