SA-CERN Excellence Bursary 2024 for Postgraduate South African Students

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Applications for SA-CERN Excellence Bursary 2024 are available for MSc or PhD South African students.

When is the Application Deadline:

22nd December 2023.

Tell Me About SA-CERN Excellence Bursary:

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National programs were established among them the South Africa-CERN (SA-CERN) program in order to enable south African researchers from all universities and institutions to access the largest international research infrastructure in the world (CERN).

In order to take advantage of the huge potential offered by CERN for young South African students, the Coordination Committee of the SA-CERN program decided to allocate a limited number of bursaries to the best South African students who wish to  embrace a career as a researcher in a number of scientific and technical fields.

The SA-CERN Excellence Bursary seeks outstanding individuals to aid their MSc or PhD studies in research related to the CERN facility. The goal is to support a pipeline of representative, excellent students into the next generation of South African academics studying the fundamental nature of the Universe.

What Type of Scholarship is this?

Masters, PhD

Who can apply?

The SA-CERN Programme seeks outstanding individuals to aid their MSc or PhD studies in research related to the CERN facility. 

  • a proven track record of excellence and clear evidence of outstanding future potential. The ideal candidate should have finished the previous degree with an aggregate of  65%
  • research project and supervisor within the SA-CERN Programme
  • registration at a South African university for full-time studies from 2024
  • South African citizenship

Which Countries are Eligible?

South Africa

Where will Award be Taken?

CERN Facilities

How Many Scholarships will be Given?

Not specified

What is the Benefit of SA-CERN Excellence Bursary?

The Bursary values per annum are as follows:
 MSc level: ~R115 000 – 150 000
 PhD level: ~R102 000 – R177 000

How to Apply for SA-CERN Excellence Bursary:

E-mail the following documents in one PDF file

• your up-to-date CV
• copy of your full academic record;
• statement of purpose, which must address your 1) proposed research topic, 2) proposed supervisor, 3) career goals, 4) transformation goals;
• copy of your ID document;
• three letters of recommendation (may be sent separately by letter writers);
• copies of any research publications/reports you have (co-)authored; and
• copies of your MSc dissertation (if applying for the PhD bursary) and your Honours project (BSc (Hons) / BSc (Eng)). to [email protected] by 22 December 2023

to [email protected] by 22 December 2023

SA-CERN Bursary Application 2024

Visit SA-CERN Excellence Bursary Webpage for Details


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