CSIR Bursary Programme for African Students 2024. We are glad to inform the general public that applications are invited from suitably qualified Africans for the CSIR Bursary Programme aimed at supporting full-time, unemployed students in obtaining qualifications in areas that are deemed a priority by the CSIR.

The bursary is open to academically qualifying young persons and is targeted at attracting and increasing women and black people in science, engineering and technology.

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CSIR Bursary Program Overview:

  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): CSIR
  • Scholarship Type: Partial Funding
  • Host Institution(s): Not specified
  • Scholarship Worth: Not specified
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
  • Nationality: South Africans

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CSIR Bursary Programme 2024 – Eligibility Criteria.

To be considered for the CSIR Bursary Programme, applicants must meet the following conditions:


  • Applicants must intend to enrol full-time for the degree of choice at a South African public university.
  • Must possess relevant certificates for admission into the university (undergraduates) and must have passed all the courses for which they registered at the university for the study period already completed (current university students).

Postgraduates (Masters and Doctoral)

  • Candidates must possess Good scientific writing skills;
  • Good organisational and time management skills;
  • Excellent academic record;
  • A drive to conduct research, self-motivation and the ability to work independently and within a team are essential; The ability to formulate and carry out research; Excellent technical abilities;
  • The ability to work well under pressure as part of a team and meet scheduled deliverables; Good communication skills both verbal and writing (e.g. with evidence of report and/or conference papers writing); and
  • Good report writing abilities.

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Bursary Cover

For undergraduates

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Books
  • Accommodation
  • Living Allowances
  • Once off laptop allowance

For Masters and Doctoral Students

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Living Allowances
  • Once off laptop allowance

Application Procedures for CSIR Bursary Programme 2024

How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for the CSIR Bursary Programme are to complete an online application by the application deadline and provide the following supporting documents:

  • An updated CV;
  • A copy of your certified identity document; and
  • A copy of your latest academic record
  • For masters and doctoral applicants, proof of degree already completed.

Visit the Official Website for more Details.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How much is the CSIR bursary stipend?

The bursary value will be determined by the level of study: Honours, 4th year Engineering and Postgraduate Diploma students will receive cover up to R100 000 per annum. Masters students will receive coverage up to R120 000 per annum.

What are the requirements for a CSIR bursary?

Current Matric/ Grade 12 students: Achieved a minimum of Level 6 (70% – 79%) for Mathematics in Matric. Achieved a minimum of Level 6 (70% – 79%) for Physics in Matric. Intend to study full-time towards a qualification in one of the undergraduate fields listed above, in 2023.

How many years of fellowship in CSIR?

The total tenure as JRF plus SRF(NET) will not exceed five years.

How is CSIR funded?

Facts and Figures – CSIR The CSIR ensures that the annual grant received from Parliament through the Department of Science and Innovation, which accounts for some 30% of its total income, is invested in knowledge generation, scientific infrastructure and enhancing skills.

What is the age range for fellowship?

They must hold a master’s degree in Humanities, Science and Social Science stream with at least 55% marks. 3. The age of the candidates must not be more than 30 years.