SANBI Living Catchments Postgraduate Bursary 2021

Closing Date:
Bursary Category: Biological and Life Sciences

Bursary Details

SANBI is seeking two masters students interested in pursuing an area of study focused around policy advice and biodiversity mainstreaming. 

Particular areas of research include: Reviewing biodiversity mainstreaming in South Africa to date; Policy advice at the built and ecological infrastructure nexus (particularly as this relates to water); Mainstreaming biodiversity concerns in to the water sector ; New and emerging public policy approaches; How behavioural sciences could be applied to policy development and implementation.

Candidate Requirements

  • Candidates must be pro-active, enthusiastic, and interested in undertaking excellent research that can lead to transformative change.  
  • These are only available to South African citizens and will be awarded in line with national equity targets.
  • Students need to apply for university programmes themselves, preferably with the university departments identified together with priority projects, and the bursary is conditional upon them securing their placement in a postgraduate programme and having provisional acceptance from prospective academic supervisors, of which one should be from SANBI.


Bursary Enquiries

Project Leader: Living Catchments: Mahlodi Tau (;

Application process: Ms René du Toit (

Bursary Inclusion

Masters: R144 000/year for two years, Project running expenses will be covered separately and will vary depending on the project.

How to Apply

Each application is to be accompanied by a standard application cover sheet – attached.

Applications are to include a letter of interest; full CV; certified copies of academic record/transcript and highest qualification; as well as ID and driver’s license; a project outline; two letters of academic reference; a letter from prospective supervisors indicating willingness to supervise and provisional registration from the university. Send all documents to sends e-mail) with “Living Catchments studentships” in the subject line.