SANBI Living Catchments Postgraduate Bursary 2021

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Bursary Details

SANBI is seeking two masters students interested in pursuing an area of study focused around policy advice and biodiversity mainstreaming. 

Particular areas of research include: Reviewing biodiversity mainstreaming in South Africa to date; Policy advice at the built and ecological infrastructure nexus (particularly as this relates to water); Mainstreaming biodiversity concerns in to the water sector ; New and emerging public policy approaches; How behavioural sciences could be applied to policy development and implementation.

Candidate Requirements

  • Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, and interested in undertaking excellent research that can lead to transformative change.  
  • These 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, preferably with the university departments identified together with priority projects, and the bursary is conditional upon them securing their placement in a postgraduate programme and having provisional acceptance from prospective academic supervisors, of which one should be from SANBI.


Bursary Enquiries

Project Leader: Living Catchments: Mahlodi Tau (;

Application process: Ms René du Toit (

Bursary Inclusion

Masters: R144 000/year for two years, Project running expenses will be covered separately and will vary depending on the project.

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How to Apply

Each application is to be accompanied by a standard application cover sheet – attached.

Applications are to include a letter of interest; full CV; certified copies of academic record/transcript and highest qualification; as well as ID and driver’s license; a project outline; two letters of academic reference; a letter from prospective supervisors indicating willingness to supervise and provisional registration from the university. Send all documents to sends e-mail) with “Living Catchments studentships” in the subject line.


Field of Study: Biological and Life Sciences


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