The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF)invites applications for scholarships DST-NRF Professional Development Programme (PDP) at public Research Institutions, Science Councils and National Facilities. These scholarships and fellowships are open to South African citizens or permanent residents only.
The programme is designed to enable outstanding Master’s and Doctoral graduates to further develop their research capabilities and to gain research experience outside the universities.
Study Subject: The PDP Doctoral Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships may be awarded in any critical focus areas in the broad fields of SET and SSH as identified by prospective host Research Institutions, Science Councils and National Facilities. In addition, students and postdoctoral researchers working in research areas aligned with the Science and Technology Missions and Frontier Programmes of the DST will be supported.
List of Subjects: Areas should be aligned with the Grand Challenges as identified in the Ten Year Innovation Plan of the DST, namely: Space Science and Technology; Human and Social Dynamics; Farmer to Pharma; Energy; and Climate Change.
Worth of Award

  • The PDP Doctoral students will receive a tax free scholarship of R180 000 p.a. (one hundred and eighty thousand rand per annum).
  • Doctoral scholarships are tenable for up to three (3) years subject to satisfactory annual performance.
  • The value of the PDP Postdoctoral Fellowship shall be R350 000 p.a. (three hundred and fifty thousand rand per annum) in the 2016/17 financial year and shall be subject to employee taxes.
  • All Postdoctoral fellows must enter into a three-year fixed-term employment contract with the host institution.

Eligibility
In order to apply for scholarship, applicant must follow the given criteria:
-Only bona-fide South African citizens or permanent residents may receive a PDP Doctoral Scholarship or Postdoctoral Fellowship;
-To be awarded a PDP Doctoral Scholarship the individual must have obtained his/her master’s degree no more than five (5) years before commencement of doctoral studies. In the case of female candidates that are returning to postgraduate studies after a period of absence from research due to family responsibilities, this criterion may be waivered.
-To be appointed as a PDP Postdoctoral Fellow, the individual must have obtained his/her doctoral degree no more than five (5) years before commencement of the PDP Postdoctoral Fellowship. In the case of female candidates that are returning after a period of absence from research due to family responsibilities, this criterion may be waivered.
-Permanent employees of public Research Institutions, Science Councils or National Facilities may not hold a PDP scholarship or fellowship.
How to Apply
Only one Lead Applicant need apply per institution. Applications must be submitted through an online application process to the NRF.
 
 Supporting Material: Student scholarships will be released to the host institution upon receipt of the following documents:
-NRF Scholarship Agreement completed by the student;
-Proof of Registration completed by the institution’s grants office;
-Copy of the student’s Master’s certificate;
-Copy of the student’s identity document; and
-Student-Supervisor Agreement that specifies amongst other matters, the expectations, deliverables and responsibilities of both parties with respect to the student-supervisor relationship.
Postdoctoral fellowships will be released to the host institution upon receipt of the following documents:
-The three year fixed-term employment contract with the host institution;
-Copy of identity document;
-Proof of completion of the Doctoral degree;
-Postdoctoral Scholarship and Fellowship agreement; and
-Memorandum of Agreement between the Research Fellow and Mentor.
Deadline: The deadline for submission of applications is 29th April 2016.
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