The purpose of the research fellowship and scholarship is to contribute and assist in accelerating the building of research capacity and scientific leadership in previously disadvantaged institutions.  The funding is for deserving registered PhD Students who are financially struggling.

RCDI-funded Principal Investigators are eligible to participate in the expression of interest to host doctoral students. It is expected that the project for which the students will be engaged will have funding for the period of the fellowship tenure.

Value and Duration of the Award

The value of the fellowship is R200 000.00 per financial year. Funding payment will be subject to receipt of satisfactory progress report. The funds will be released once the agreement for the funding has been signed between SAMRC, host HDI, the Principal Investigator (PI) and the beneficiary.

Eligibility to Host a Doctoral Student

  • Evidence of an approved research proposal with ethical approval, if applicable
  • Evidence for a proven research supervision and mentorship record
  • Evidence of available support structures and infrastructure to host a postdoctoral researcher
  • Plan for academic development for the nominee (mentorship plan)
  • Proof of fair nomination process (advertising at institutional website for at least five days).

Eligibility for nomination

  • The candidates must be South African citizens
  • Candidates will have to be registered in their final year PhD health/medical-related research doctorate.
  • Women and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Preference will be given to candidates from the historically disadvantaged group
  • RCDI-PhD Scholarship can be hold concurrently with a full-time employment status.

The South African Medical Research Council reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, amend the conditions of award where advisable, extend the closing date or to make no awards at all.

Please submit your nomination at ( before or on 21 May2021.   Your partnership with SAMRC’s RCD is much appreciated.

RCD Team

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