July 25, 2010

National Diploma and Bachelor of Technology Bursary Programme in the Sciences and Engineering for South Africans

National Diploma and Bachelor of Technology Bursary Programme

Course(s) Offered: Sciences, Engineering
Course Level: Undergraduate
Provider: SKA South Africa
Country to Study in: South Africa

Scholarship Description
The National Research Foundation through Square Kilometer Array (SKA) announces the National Diploma and Bachelor of Technology Bursary Programme (SA SKA Project Undergraduate Scholarship).

These scholarships are available to students who wish to study towards a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Physics and Mathematics and to students who wish to study towards a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering degree in 2011.

As a business unit of the National Research Foundation, the SA SKA Project is committed to employment equity and redress.

The SA SKA Project reserves the right not to accept any application in part or in whole. The decision of the SA SKA Project will be final and no correspondence will be entered into after the decision.

Eligibility
Selection criteria:
  1. Applicants must be South African citizens
  2. Applicants who will be studying Physics and Mathematics or Electronic Engineering at a South African University at first year, second year, third year or honours level in 2011 may apply
  3. Minimum C in mathematics and science for Grade 12 or minimum 60% for major subjects at undergraduate level
  4. Intention to pursue postgraduate research in astronomy or electronic engineering
The award of an SA SKA Project undergraduate scholarship to a student will be based on academic performance, determined through the evaluation of the student’s most recent Grade 12 or university results. Other selection criteria include academic merit, leadership qualities, and previous award of prizes and honours.

Students in Grade 12 in 2010 must include a certified copy of their most recent Grade 12 results with their applications and, when available, a certified copy of their final Grade 12 results.

Students in first year, second year or third year study at a university must include a certified copy of all university results from first year to current year of study and a certified copy of their final Grade 12 results.

Eligible groups
Citizens of South Africa

Participating Institutions
Any South African University

Fields of study
Undergraduate level studies in the fields of Science (majoring in Physics and Mathematics) and Electronic Engineering

Number of awards
Not specified

Sponsorship duration / Scholarship benefits
The following scholarships are available in 2011:
  • First year in 2011 up to and including honours
    Scholarship Duration: 4 years
    Maximum scholarship grant in 2011 (including fees): R 87 000.00
  • Second year in 2011 up to and including honours
    Scholarship Duration: 3 years
    Maximum scholarship grant in 2011 (including fees): R 87 000.00
  • Third year in 2011 up to and including honours
    Scholarship Duration: 2 years
    Maximum scholarship grant in 2011 (including fees): R 87 000.00
  • Honours in 2010
    Scholarship Duration:1 year
    Maximum scholarship grant in 2011 (including fees):R 87 000.00
The amounts quoted above includes the tuition fees due to the university and a grant for living expenses.

No additional funding will be provided for any reason.

Continued funding is dependent on satisfactory performance determined twice a year. All scholarship holders will be required to submit their university academic transcripts in June and December of each year for evaluation by the SA SKA Project.

Scholarship holders who do not obtain the degree for which the scholarship was awarded, relinquish their studies or leave the tertiary institution during the period for which the scholarship was awarded, will have to refund all payments of the scholarship already received.

Method of Application
To apply, you must access the application form found on the official website (link to it is below).

Please complete only one application form. Read the information section very carefully, then complete the application form.

Please return ONLY the application form, not the information section.

DEADLINES:
The closing date for ALL applications is 30 September 2010.

PLEASE NOTE:
No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

Short listed applicants may be interviewed (in person or telephonically)

Students who are awarded a scholarship will have to provide proof of registration with an appropriate university before any funds will be paid to the university.

After a scholarship is awarded, a change in course of study or institution where the studies are to be undertaken requires prior approval from the SA SKA Project.

On completion of the studies supported by means of the scholarship, students are required to submit proof that they have been awarded the degree.

Award of a scholarship is not guaranteed even if a student meets all the criteria listed above. The SA SKA Project reserves the right not to accept any application in part or in whole. The decision of the SA SKA Project will be final and no correspondence will be entered into after the decision.
Successful students will be notified by 24 December 2010.

Payment of SA SKA undergraduate scholarships:
  1. Funds will be paid to the university in two instalments. The first instalment will be paid at the start of the academic year (February) and the second instalment will be paid in July / August, subject to satisfactory performance.
  2. The amount remaining after tuition has been paid must be used by the scholarship-holder to pay for living costs (rent / residence, food etc.) and for books and stationery. No additional funding will be provided for any reason.
  3. Any other funding which a scholarship holder receives must be declared to the SA SKA Project in writing.
Contact
Enquiries may be directed to Rose Robertson at the NRF at rose@nrf.ac.za

Application Deadline: 30 September 2010
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY South Africans)

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