The SANBI Honours, Masters and Doctoral Scholarships 2024

Deadline: 24th of January 2024

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is pleased to announce a call for applications for Honours, Masters and Doctoral scholarships for full time studies in 2024.


  • Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, and interested in doing excellent research that can make a difference.
  • These scholarships are only available to South African citizens and will be awarded in line with national equity targets.
  • Students need to apply for university programmes themselves  and the scholarship is conditional upon them securing their placement in a postgraduate programme and have provisional acceptance from prospective academic supervisors.


  • Only full time studies will be supported
  • Applicants must be South African citizens and under 35 years of age
  • Applicants can register at any South African university
  • Only research projects in line with SANBI’s mandate and research strategy will be considered
  • Applicants must not be employed
  • Existing studies will not be supported
  • Registration for a second Honours, Masters or Doctoral degree will not be considered
  • Where applicants hold partial scholarships/bursaries, co-funding will be considered
  • For Masters studies, applicants must hold an Honours degree/Postgraduate Diploma

Scholarship values: (to cover living expenses and university fees)

  • Honours: R120 000 for one year only
  • Masters: R150 000/year for two years
  • Doctoral: R180 000/year for three years


  • Each application is to be accompanied by a standard application cover sheet.
  • Applications are to include a letter of interest; a 2-page project outline; full CV; certified copies of academic record/transcript and highest qualification; as well as ID; two letters of academic reference; a letter from a prospective university supervisor as well as a SANBI supervisor, indicating willingness to supervise and provisional registration/application from the university. Send all documents to  and with “SANBI studentships 2024” in the subject line.

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