iThemba LABS, or iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences is a research facility that brings scientists from the medical, biological and physical sciences working together. This laboratory provides unique and highly specialized research opportunities in the areas of subatomic physics, radiobiology, radioisotope research and development, materials research, and more. In addition, iThemba LABS has drawn up joint training programmes and collaboration agreements with other research labs and Higher Education Institutions as a way of helping advance the human capital development initiative of the South African government. One such programmes is the iThemba LABS Bursary Programme.
With funding from the National Research Foundation, iThemba LABS operates two sites. These research facilities are located in Gauteng and Western Cape and have the capability to provide:
- Cancer treatment using particle radiotherapy
- Basic and applied research utilizing particle beams
- A supply of radionuclides intended for industrial and medical use
iThemba LABS is one of several high-end research facilities of the National Research Foundation, the conciliating agency between the South African government and South Africa’s research organizations’ policies and strategies. The NRF acts primarily as an agency and a small fraction of its activity is dedicated to actual research.
iThemba LABS Bursary Programme
In line with its continuous search for brilliant and promising students, iThemba offers a bursary programme that will support bursars through their university education. This will allow successful bursars to eventually join their distinguished ranks of scientific researchers with a special emphasis on accelerator-based sciences. The bursary will cover full tuition expenses (programme terms and conditions apply).
The iThemba bursary programme’s main goal is to acquire potential researchers in various, high-specialized disciplines included in accelerator based sciences.
Requirements or Eligibility
Aspiring bursars are expected to possess the following qualifications in order to be considered for the programme:
- Must be on their second year of matric studies
- Must have reached at least 60% pass during the first year of matric studies
- Must be able to meet admission qualifications in a recognised South African tertiary level institution
- Bursaries are only awarded based on academic performance
The bursary programme is available to students who qualify to pursue the disciplines mentioned below:
- Bachelor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering
- Bachelor in Mechatronics
- Bachelor in Technology or National Diploma in Electrical Engineering
How to Apply
- Applicants who satisfy the initial requirements are instructed to download the application form
- The application must be filled out in BLOCK letters and duly signed by the applicant
- Applications with incomplete or incorrect information will be rejected
- The completed application form must be sent via email together with the required documents
- Faxed application forms will be rejected
Email the completed application form to:
Opening and Closing Dates
Only applications sent on or before 31 December will be accepted.
For enquiries about the programme, call: