2023 SA-CERN Programme Excellence MSc/PhD Bursary for young South Africans.

Deadline: 31st of December 2022

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, was established in 1954 and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is the biggest particle physics research facility in the world. The ALICE, ATLAS, and ISOLDE experiments at CERN as well as the related theoretical physics are supported by researchers and graduate students from South Africa. To assist technology development and transfer relevant to work being done at/for CERN by South African researchers and students, a Technology Innovation pillar has just been developed.

The SA-CERN Programme, which is overseen by the NRF-iThemba LABS and funded by the Department of Science & Innovation, is where South African researchers and graduate students are doing their study (DSI). The Program includes a variety of academic fields, including:, Among many other topics, they include quantum-field theories, basic interactions, nuclear structure, nuclear astrophysics, solid-state physics, LHC data processing, big data and artificial intelligence, particle detectors, high-performance and high-throughput computers, and digital electronics. Graduates of the SACERNProgram have gotten jobs as professors in South Africa and overseas, started their own businesses, and worked for some of the biggest and most significant enterprises in the world.

The SA-CERN Programme is looking for exceptional people to fund their MSc or PhD studies in CERN-related research. The objective is to foster a pipeline of outstanding, representative postgraduate students who will represent the country and the future generation of South African academics engaged in fundamental cosmological research.

Successful applicants will receive the full cost of study assistance for the 2023 academic year through the SA-CERN Programme Excellence Bursaries. This includes funding research trips to CERN that complement the assignments of chosen students.

The bursary is eligible only to those starting their MSc or PhD studies. The Bursary values per annum are as follows:

  • MSc level: ~R115 000 – 150 000
  • PhD level: ~R102 000 – R177 000
    To see a list of potential supervisors and projects, visit


  • a proven track record of excellence and clear evidence of outstanding future potential. The ideal candidate should have finished the previous degree with an aggregate of 65%
  • research project and supervisor must be within the SA-CERN Programme
  • registration at a South African university for full-time studies from 2023
  • South African citizenship


E-mail the following documents in one PDF file

  • your up-to-date CV
  • copy of your full academic record;
  • statement of purpose, which must address your 1) proposed research topic,
    2) proposed supervisor;
  • copy of your ID document;
  • three letters of recommendation (should be sent separately by letterwriters);
  • copies of any research publications/reports you have (co-)authored; and
  • copies of your dissertation from your previous level of study.
    Email: by 31 December 2022


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Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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