There are a number of potential sources of postgraduate student funding:
- Mintek, South Africa's national mineral research organisation, is one of the world's leading technology organisations specialising in mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and related areas. Working closely with industry and other R&D institutions, Mintek provides service test work, process development and optimisation, consulting and innovative products to clients world-wide.
National and International Foundations:
- The Claude Leon Foundation is offering Post-doctoral fellowships in Science, Engineering & Medical Science
The Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarships Programme invites applications from students who will register for full-time study at Honours or Masters level at the University of Cape Town in 2009. Applications forms and further information is available from the Postgraduate Funding Office.
University-wide scholarships. All students are eligible to compete for these.
- Discipline-specific scholarships. A list of these pertinent to the EBE Faculty can be found in the Financial Assistance for Postgraduate Study booklet.
These take two forms:
- bursaries awarded directly to students, on application;
- bursaries awarded to supervisors. Distribution is at the discretion of the supervisor, within a framework of conditions laid down by the NRF.
- Research-groups. Research groups inter-alia undertake contract work for industry or governmental organisations. Frequently, bursary funding is one form of payment or industry-generated funds are sometimes used to top-up bursaries.
Industry. Specific industries may sometimes allocate bursaries for postgraduate students to pursue specific tasks.
Students are encouraged to apply to a full range of potential sources early in their final year of undergraduate study or in the year before they wish to initiate the research programme. Similarly all full-time staff are encouraged to apply for NRF supervisory bursaries.
The Postgraduate Funding Office located on the upper campus (Otto Beit Building), is an important source of information and advice about potential funding sources and the procedures necessary to access these.