The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is pleased to announce a call for applications for Honours, Masters and Doctoral scholarships for full time studies in 2024.


  • Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, and interested in doing excellent research that can make a difference.
  • These scholarships are only available to South African citizens and will be awarded in line with national equity targets.
  • Students need to apply for university programmes themselves and the scholarship is conditional upon them securing their placement in a postgraduate programme and have provisional acceptance from prospective academic supervisors.


  • Only full time studies will be supported
  • Applicants must be South African citizens and under 35 years of age
  • Applicants can register at any South African university
  • Only research projects in line with SANBI’s mandate and research strategy will be considered
  • Applicants must not be employed
  • Existing studies will not be supported
  • Registration for a second Honours, Masters or Doctoral degree will not be considered
  • Where applicants hold partial scholarships/bursaries, co-funding will be considered
  • For Masters studies, applicants must hold an Honours degree/Postgraduate Diploma

    Scholarship values: (to cover living expenses and university fees)

  • Honours: R120 000 for one year only
  • Masters: R150 000/year for two years
  • Doctoral: R180 000/year for three years

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; The SANBI Honours, Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for South Africans