CSIR Bursary academic year 2023

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CSIR Bursary academic year 2023, The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises, and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio economic prosperity in South Africa.

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The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.

CSIR Bursary academic year 2023


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Throughout history, science has had a critical role to play in contributing to societal progress and prosperity. Organizations such as the CSIR have an important role to play in advancing science and innovation. Armed with some of the best minds in the world, we work on trying to solve problems that can help all South Africans.

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The CSIR hereby invites applications from students wishing to pursue a career in research, technology development and
innovation as well as corporate/support areas.

Bursaries will be awarded for Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Honours, MSc and PhD), in these fields:

Undergraduate studies:

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mining Engineering

Honours studies:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Geospatial Information Systems
  • Information System
  • Information Technology
  • Software Engineering

Masters and Doctoral studies:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Physics

Masters and Doctoral Considered Thematic Areas:

  • Aerospace
  • Biotechnology
  • Composites
  • Health
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS)
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Modelling and Digital Sciences
  • Microsystems Technology
  • Photonics
  • Titanium (Manufacturing Elements)


Please prepare the following documents:

  • A certified copy of your barcoded ID.
  • A copy of your CV.
  • All high school applicants must attach a certified copy of their grade 11 reports. If applicable, please provide proof of provisional university acceptance.
  • For students who have already completed their matric, please attach a certified copy of your matric certificate.
  • All tertiary students must submit certified copies of their matric results and their most recent official transcript. For applicants that have enrolled at multiple institutions during their tertiary studies, please combine all your transcripts into one document.
  • Proof of registration for students currently enrolled at a tertiary institution.
  • For applicants under the age of 18, to comply with POPI regulations a signed consent form completed by your parent/legal guardian along with a certified copy of their proof of identity is required.
  • You can download the guardian consent form by clicking HERE.


Please read these notes and instructions carefully before completing the form. Be sure to read every section and ensure that the information you provide is accurate.

  • Applications that are incomplete and that include misrepresentations will immediately be disregarded.
  • Please ensure that you attach ALL of the Required Documents
  • Closing date for application type:
    • CSIR Bursary closes: Friday, July 15, 2022
  • Bursary allocation year for application type:
    • CSIR Bursary will be allocated for the 2023 academic year

Click Here To Apply Online

  • It is the student’s responsibility to apply for entrance to their intended course, and university, and to ensure that they are able to meet the entrance requirements stipulated for the course.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to find a suitable supervisor and to ensure the supervisor supports the application.
  • Please ensure that you complete all the sections of this application form.
  • Please select the correct funding opportunity when completing your application.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail once we have received your application.

Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to interviews. Good Luck!

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