SASAC Doctoral Scholarships for Research Using a Systems Analysis Methodology, 2017

Applications are invited for doctoral scholarships for research using a Systems Analysis Methodology for the year 2017. Applicants from South Africa and from African countries are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

The aim of the SASAC PhD programme is to provide an opportunity for excellent young doctoral students to advance their research under the direct supervision of senior scientists from South African research institutions and IIASA, and Job Vacancy at same time contribute to IIASA’s ongoing scientific agenda and to the DST’s strategic research agenda as documented in the ‘Grand Challenges’.

The purpose of the PGIO is to create a focused support service platform to promote postgraduate studies and the success of postgraduate students and to support and promote the incoming and outgoing international academic mobility of staff and students.

Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing Doctoral degree program.

Study Subject: IIASA is an independent international non-governmental research organization, headquartered in Laxenburg, Austria, that provides science-based insights into complex global, regional, and national problems. IIASA conducts policy-oriented scientific research in three global problem areas, namely 1) energy and climate change; 2) food and water, and 3) poverty and equity. Its three cross-cutting research areas are 1) drivers of global transformations; 3) advanced systems analysis; and 3) policy and governance.

The following are IIASA’s current Research Programmes:

  • Advanced Systems Analysis
  • Ecosystems Services and Management
  • Energy
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases
  • Risk, Policy, and Vulnerability
  • Transitions to New Technologies
  • World Population

Scholarship Award: 20 bursaries of R110 000 per year for three years will be awarded. Universities can supplement these bursaries through own funds, within the applicable framework.

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Scholarship can be taken in Any public university in South Africa

Eligibility:  The eligibility criteria for these bursaries are as follows:

  •  Supervisors must submit applications on behalf of and in consultation with their students;
  • A supervisor can apply for a maximum of 2 students in this program/call;
  • The Ph.D. proposal must clearly be aligned to IIASA’s research programs and DST’s research priority areas;
  • Students must be eligible to be admitted for PhD-level studies, for commencement in January 2017;
  • Proof of registration for a Ph.D. program should be provided by 20 February 2017 for NEW students;
  • Currently, registered Ph.D. students who will be in the first six months of a Ph.D. program by January 2017, will be considered;
  • Only students registered or intending to register on a full-time basis will be considered for selection;
  •  The students must have the ability to work independently and to interact with other scientists;
  • The supervisor and students must have the willingness to participate in a range of interdisciplinary scientific activities including: (i) for students: participate in the 2-week inception meeting to be held in January and in the 5-week programme to be held in the first half of 2017; (ii) for supervisors: participation (for at least 3 days) in the January 2017 inception meeting and another 5 days during the last phase of the capacity development programme in June/July 2017.
  • The Ph.D. students must be committed to completing their Ph.D. They must also submit a manuscript to an international scientific journal within the period of support of the bursaries;
  • Priority will be given to candidates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds;

Nationality: Applicants from South Africa and Africa are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

How to Apply: Supervisors should submit applications through an online application process to the NRF: SASAC Call for Ph.D. Bursaries 2017

  • Register/Login using your ID number/Passport number and password
  • Select create new application from the list of existing calls
  • Select the call for which you are applying for: SASAC Call for Ph.D. Bursaries 2017
  • Complete all sections of the application
  • Please attach the necessary documents in PDF format:
  • South Africans: Copy of ID document or proof of permanent residence (if applicable) and certified academic transcripts
  • African students: Copy of passport and certified academic transcripts
  • Should you not follow the guidelines for attaching the necessary supporting documents, your application may not be considered
  • Remember to submit your application on completion
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • No hard copies of the application can be accepted and will automatically be disqualified by the NRF. Only applications endorsed by the research office or its equivalent at higher education or research institutions will be accepted.

Online Application Form

Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 14 October 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered for funding.

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