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SAMRC Researcher Development Grant 2021 : South African Medical Research Council

Organisation : South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
Facility Name : SAMRC Researcher Development Grant 2021
Applicable for : SAMRC researchers
Closing Date : 11 March 2021
Website : https://www.samrc.ac.za/funding/grants-and-scholarships

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SAMRC Researcher Development Grant

SAMRC Researcher Development Grant – Request for Applications

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The objective of the SAMRC Researcher Development Grant is to act as a mechanism for the Unit to implement capacity development initiatives. The challenges of training the next generation scientists or research leaders are well documented and they require a range of interventions at different levels of career development.

The purpose of this particular Request for Applications (RFA) is to provide opportunities for SAMRC researchers to enhance their research capacity through supervision of postgraduate scholars, with the overall goal of attracting young scientists of the highest calibre to complement SAMRC senior researchers and promote an increase in the number of scientists from designated groups in strategic and emerging fields where these groups are underrepresented.

Equity & Transformation

Female supervisors with scholars in the following underrepresented research fields including Biostatistics, Data Science, Digital Health, Demography, Epidemiology, Health Economics, Genomics and Immunology will be prioritized. Scholar registration at a historically disadvantaged institution will be considered a distinct advantage.

Important Dates

** Launch date – 5 March 2021
** Closing date – 11 March 2021

Request For Applications

Full applications must be completed online and all additional documents requested together with the signed application emailed to Dr Lindokuhle Ndlandla at lindokuhle.ndlandla [AT] mrc.ac.za (021) 938 0442. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Requirements For Application

1) Scholar must be South African citizenship/permanent resident
2) Black candidate (African Black/Colored/Indian/Asian)

3) Acceptance letter at the university in which the degree will be awarded. Proof of registration to be provided within one month of offer acceptance
4) Written commitment of research supervisor who is willing to train the student, provide running expenses, and infrastructure

5) Motivation by Unit Director
Notes : These must be provided by Units applying for capacity development grants

Selection Criteria

1. Suitability of the SAMRC Research supervisor
1-page only : motivation demonstrating supervisor’s suitability and describing how success in the SAMRC Researcher Development Grant (Postgraduate Research Mentorship: Masters and PhD Scholarships) will impact candidate’s career.

It should be accompanied by an abridged curriculum vitae containing a full list of research outputs in the last five years and other meritorious achievements.

2. Quality of the science
2 pages only : abstract of the Masters/PhD proposal outlining the rationale, design, feasibility, plans for research translation and information dissemination as well as potential impact of the proposed research project.

3. Support letter from Unit Director
4. Signed application form: please sign below and submit this form with your application.

5. Certified scholar’s copy of South African identity document is attached
6. An official acceptance letter at the university in which the degree will be awarded
7. Support letter detailing the availability of research funding/running cost is attached

Other Grant Conditions

** Scholars are expected to spend at least 100% of their time conducting their research.
** The grant is made for scholar training and cannot be used for other research purposes without written approval from the SAMRC.

** A financial report must be submitted to the RCD at the termination of the grant indicating how the funds awarded have been spent
** RCD must be acknowledged in all scientific publications, policy statements and presentations resulting from this grant.

** A copy of each of the mentioned outputs/outcomes must be submitted to the Division Manager: Grants and Scholarships Administration Sub-Directorate at the SAMRC.

** Research supervisors will be expected to submit 6-monthly progress reports or as requested.
** Successful applicants will be required to enter into an agreement with RCD

Student Support Details

Level No of years Value of scholarship p.a. Tuition p.a. Notes
PhD 1 R180 000.00 R20 000.00  This is a once of funding. Scholars will need to apply under the SAMRC internship scholarship programme for subsequent years


MSc/MMed 1 R140 000.00 R20 000.00


** Complete Request for Applications
** Online Expression of Interest application form

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