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The STERG postgraduate bursary

As of 2019 the Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG) is offering a limited bursary scheme, proudly sponsored through the national Department of Science and Technology (DST) Energy Research Programme (ERP).

The bursary is intended to support research aligned with the interests of the research group, concentrating solar power and solar thermal applications. Please explore our website or contact the research group to familiarize yourself with our work.

Important dates

Bursary publication: 28.09.2018
Submission closing date: 31.10.2018
Feedback to applicants: November 2018

Intended bursary levels

Masters: R90 000 to R100 000 p.a. for max 2 years
PhD: R130 000 p.a. for max 3 years

STERG intends to fund full degrees where possible until completion. Re-application for following years are prioritized and will be considered pending sufficient funding of the sponsor and under consideration of satisfactory progress of the bursary holder. Bursary level for Masters are depending on availability of funds.

Application form

The application form for 2019 can be downloaded here:

Download PDF application document here

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Bursary conditions

1)         Bursaries are only awarded to South African citizens or permanent residents and preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, including female students. Proof of permanent residence permit must be submitted with application for bursary by non-South African citizens.

2)         Bursaries are only available for full-time, on-campus students.

 3)         STERG intends to fund full degrees where possible until completion. Re-application for following years are prioritized and will be considered pending sufficient funding of the sponsor and under consideration of satisfactory progress of the bursary holder.

4)         You must be admitted to and registered for the degree programme as indicated on your application before any bursary payments will be made. If you want to change your programme or research project you will have to apply in writing to do so and may forfeit your bursary if it is decided that the new programme/project is no longer a priority research field of the Solar Thermal Energy Research Group.

5)         You may not hold any other bursaries in conjunction with this bursary. This restriction will apply to all bursaries from the National Research Foundation, employers such Eskom and SASOL and bursaries from trusts or other donor agencies.

In exception to the above, particular bursaries (such as the Departmental bursary) may be topped up using parts of the STERG bursary, forfeiting the balance. A STERG bursary holder may accept the university awarded merit bursaries. No other bursary may top-up the STERG bursary. 

6)         All merit bursaries that you receive must be reported to STERG as soon as they are awarded, including the amount of said bursaries.

7)         You may not commit more than eight hours per week to any additional income generating work. Any such work, and the amount of income you will receive from it, must be declared to and approved by your supervisor and the director of STERG.

Decision criteria

The bursaries will be awarded by consideration of the STERG management committee. Relevant factors taken into consideration are the applicant’s project, demographics and previous demonstrated academic distinction.

Preference will be given to candidates that continue a degree already funded through the STERG bursary in the previous year.

Contact

With all questions towards the STERG postgraduate bursary please contact STERG via email to STERG@sun.ac.za or call 021 808 4016.