The bursary is designed to be especially attractive to those students who are considering a career in research, with a value that will comprehensively cover all the normal costs associated with university studies, such as registration, tuition, books, accommodation and meals. In addition, a generous living allowance is included. Academic merit and financial need will both be considered during the selection process as well as the imperative to increase the participation of women and black people in SET. The CSIR invites applications from students wishing to register for Undergraduate (all levels) and Honours studies for the 2012 academic year in the following operating units and fields:

  • Electronic engineering
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer science

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be South African citizens
  • Be enrolled or planning to enrol at a South African tertiary education institution during 2012
  • Be willing to work in a diverse environment
  • Have an average of 65% for the current academic year
  • Be interested in pursuing a research career

Applications must include:

  • A letter motivating the area of study you have chosen, why you think you will be a top performer academically and why you want to be a researcher
  • Latest academic results
  • Copy of your identity document
  • Copy of your CV.

How to apply:

Should you meet the above requirements, please fax your application clearly indicating the reference number to 012 841 3951, or mail to Recruitment Centre, P.O Box 395, Pretoria, 0001 or go to the URL indicated below in order to apply; select the position reference number; complete the application form and attach your CV and supporting documents: Application Form

Bursary application form for those that can not complete the form online.

Preference will be given to applicants from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and people living with disabilities.

Closing date: 31 August 2011

Should you experience any problems in submitting your application, please contact the CSIR Recruitment Centre at Please do not submit your application to this mailbox.

The CSIR gives preference to candidates who meet the job requirements and who will add to the cultural and gender diversity of the organisation. By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, consents and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from a registered credit bureau and/or SAPS (in relation to positions that require trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances) and may also verify the applicant’s educational qualifications and employment history. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted within a month of the closing date and that the CSIR reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.