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GreenMatter Fellowship 2020 for ​Full-time Postgraduate Study in South Africa

Applications are invited for GreenMatter Postgraduate Awards for Honours, Masters’ and PhD studies in South Africa. This round of applications is for students who are starting study in the 2020 academic year

Application Deadline: 24th November 2019

To be taken at (country): South Africa

About the Award: The GreenMatter Fellowship brings together a cohort of dynamic, talented and committed biodiversity practitioners, with the objective of developing and unlocking their potential. It affords participants the opportunity to fully engage in tackling biodiversity issues through their study and career paths, alongside peers who share in that commitment.

Type: Fellowship, Masters, PhD

EligibilityApplicants must be:

  • A national of South Africa;
  • In possession of an undergraduate Degree;
  • Seeking funding for a full-time postgraduate programme;
  • Able to motivate how your field of study aligns to the GreenMatter priority skill areas identified.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: A GreenMatter postgraduate award provides holistic support in the form of:

a) a cash contribution towards costs of living, study fees, and research costs; and
b) the opportunity to access mentoring support, career guidance and platforms to engage in learning networks.

Duration of Programme: GreenMatter will provide funding for up to a maximum of ONE years.

How to Apply: Please apply only if you are eligible.

Application Process: The application form is of primary importance as it serves as the basis for assessment. The form should be completed and submitted via the EMAIL to [email protected] Please remember to fill in all sections of the form. If you experience any problems, questions can be emailed to [email protected] and will be responded to within 2 working days.


The following supporting documents must be included and should be emailed at the end of the form. Please make sure the documents are labelled accordingly.
Proof of South African citizenship;

  • Certified copy of degree certificate(s);
  • Certified academic transcripts (If academic transcripts are not available, current marks will suffice; however, final marks must be submitted as soon as they become available – even in a separate email);
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) – List any and all work or volunteer experience;
  • Reference letters from two referees.

Ideally, you should submit an academic reference and a reference from an employer.  If you have never been employed, we will accept a reference from voluntary work, or two academic references. You should ask your referees to write a reference that relates to your application for this bursary and reflects how you meet the selection criteria. It should outline your strengths as an applicant, demonstrate your capacity to study at the level required, and identify your potential impact in the future.

Submit your references with all the other supporting documents or, should your referee prefer to submit their reference directly, ask them to email it to [email protected].
The subject of the email should state that it is a reference and comprise the name and surname of the applicant, e.g., Reference: LASTNAME, First name. Once your referee has submitted their reference we will email you a confirmation of receipt.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that references are sent to us well before the deadline. Late references will not be considered.

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