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 Innovation (DSI) Energy Research Programme (ERP).

A limited number of bursaries are available for Masters and PhD level for research on concentrating solar thermal (CST).  Funding is available for the following topics aligned with the strategy of the Energy Research Program:

  1. Configuration and testing of a steam expander/generator demonstrator for medium-scale CSP applications
  2. Modelling of an sCO2 cycle, with a focus on transient effects
  3. Testing of a solarised micro gas turbine for CSP application
  4. Design and experimental testing of a gabion packing in thermal energy storage
  5. Estimating the pose of a drone using photogrammetry

The bursaries will be awarded with preference to students interested in pursuing the above topics, whilst taking the students’ aptitude and supervisors’ nominations into account.  The allocation will at all times be done in accordance with the DSI’s framework on bursaries.

Important dates

Bursary publication: 15.10.2020
Submission closing date: 31.10.2020
Feedback to applicants: November 2020

Intended bursary levels

Masters: R90 000 p.a for max 2 years*
PhD: R120 000 p.a for max 3 years*

* Re-application for following years is 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

Click HERE to download the application form for 2021.

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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 students.

 3)         Re-application for following years is prioritized and will be considered pending sufficient funding of the sponsor and under consideration of satisfactory progress of the bursary holder. Bursary level for Master’s are depending on availability of funds.

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 other funding you receive, including merit bursaries, 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 with preference to students interested in pursuing the above topics, whilst taking the students’ aptitude and supervisors’ nominations into account.  The allocation will at all times be done in accordance with the DSI’s framework on bursaries.

Contact

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