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Biological Invasions Bursaries available for 2016 (4 x Honours; 10 x Masters; 4 x Doctoral; 2 x Post-doctoral)

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 30/10/2015
Company Name South Africa National Biodiversity Insitute
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Directory Entry : Conservation and Ecology Jobs in South Africa with...The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) leads and coordinates research, and monitors and reports on the state of biodiversity in South Africa. The institute provides knowledge and information, gives planning and policy advice and pilots best-practice management models in partnership with stakeholders. SANBI engages in ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation, leads the human capital development strategy of the sector and manages the National Botanical Gardens as 'windows' to South Africa's biodiversity for enjoyment and education.
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Projects will be considered providing they are relevant to one of SANBI ISP’s focus areas (detection, post-border risk assessment, and eradication planning). Before submitting an application read Wilson et al. 2013 South African Journal of Science (available free at http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/sajs.2013/20120111). If you are unsure whether a project qualifies please contact us before submitting an application.

For specific projects see Invasive species programme: Research projects.

Who is eligible to apply?

Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, and interested in doing excellent research that will help improve our understanding and management of biological invasions. Student bursaries are only available to South African citizens and will be awarded in line with national equity targets, but unsuccessful and ineligible bursary applicants may be considered for support with project running costs if their projects are closely aligned to SANBI ISP’s focus areas. Post-doctoral research bursaries are open to anyone who has completed their PhD in the last five years. Honours students need to apply to a university honours programme themselves and the bursary is conditional upon them securing their position in such a programme. Project running expenses are covered separately to the bursaries and vary depending on the project. Funds are only available to students and post-docs registered at universities in South Africa.

Value and Duration

Bursaries are to cover living expenses and university fees

Honours/4th year undergraduate: R 60,000 p.a. for 1 year
Masters: R 105,000 p.a. for 2 years*
Doctoral: R 135,000 p.a. for 3 years*
Post-doctoral: R 240,000 p.a. for 2 years
*Applicants for Masters or Doctoral bursaries can be considered for a one-year project development internship should the applicant be unlikely to finish their studies within the prescribed period of time. In such cases, a candidate may be offered an internship interview. A project development intern is expected to re-apply for a bursary the following year.


Each application is to be accompanied by a standard bursary application cover sheet (attached below). Applications must include a full CV; certified copies of ID and academic record; two letters of academic reference; an agreement from a prospective academic supervisor; a one-page project outline for Honours applications; and a two-page project outline for Masters, Doctoral, and Post-doctoral applications. Send all documents to SANBI.ISP.Bursaries@gmail.com with “SANBI ISP bursary application” in the subject line.

Contact details

For academic queries: Prof John Wilson (jrwilson@sun.ac.za)

For questions about the application process: René du Toit (r.dutoit@sanbi.org.za)

Closing date

Friday 30 October 2015 (successful candidates will be notified by the end-November)

SANBI reserves the right not to fill these bursaries.

If no response has been received within 21 days of the closing date, candidates may assume that their applications were unsuccessful.

Please note that any emails sent to SANBI must be under 10MB in size

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