The Poliomyelitis Research Foundation is calling on suitably qualified individuals to submit an application for its Bursary Fund offering. Check the requirements below to find out if you qualify.
Established in the late 40s as a non-governmental organization, the Poliomyelitis Research Foundation. or PRF, was put together as a response to the poliomyelitis scourge during that era. James Henderson Sutherland Gear, a pioneer virologist in South Africa, started the organization with the objective of developing a polio vaccine.
Today, the Foundation is a non-profit, incorporated association headed by a Board of Trustees whose members are from the industrial and business sector as well as senior virologists, and a Scientific Advisory Panel made up of heads of virology departments from institutions and universities all over the country. The PRF strives for the advancement of virology by actively promoting virological research as well as helping develop capacity in the field.
Poliomyelitis Research Fund Bursary Programme 2021
In line with the Poliomyelitis Research Foundation’s goal of advancing the field of virology, it offers bursary support towards completing a number of qualifications including:
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Barring exceptional events, bursary coverage is a maximum of two (2) years for Masters degree and three (3) years PhD studies.
Fast facts about the bursary
- Beneficiaries are not to change their research project without the consent of the PRF
- New bursary applications as well as renewals are to be completed in full with all supporting documents
- Although being a South African citizen or a permanent residency status holder is a primary requirement, a limited number of non-South African citizens may be chosen as beneficiaries
- Full-time, salaried employees are not eligible for bursary support
Who should apply?
Applicants who meet the programme’s basic qualifications can apply. Keep in mind that applications that fail to comply with these basic requirements will not be considered:
- BSc Honour’s – must have a 60% minimum pass
- Master’s – must have a 60% minimum pass
- Phd students
- A South African citizen or holds permanent SA residency status
- Pursuing any of the prescribed postgraduate studies
- Does not have full time work
- Obtained at least a 60% overall mark
- Previously disadvantaged BSc Hons students will be prioritized
How do I apply?
Qualified applicants who meet the minimum requirements are to send their application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to use the words PRF Bursary Application – (Your course level) in the email subject line.
Download the appropriate application form below:
Attach the following supporting documents as incomplete submissions will not be considered:
- Certified true copy of South African ID
- Certified true copy of SA permanent residency (if not a South African citizen)
- Record of tertiary academic performance
- Full scope of proposed research project
Deadline for submission of applications is on 15 September 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Should you have any further questions about the bursary programme, you can reach PRF by calling:
Mrs. Irma Latsky
Phone: 011 555 0395
Click the link to view a PDF copy of the Poliomyelitis Research Foundation Bursary 2020-2021