The SAMRC’s Research Capacity Development (RCD) Division supports the growth of health research capacity by offering scholarships to South African citizens studying towards their Masters, PhDs and Post-doctoral qualifications in Medical and Health Sciences.
The Division also focuses on strengthening capacity development within previously under-resourced universities to ensure that they are able to produce scientific knowledge for the advancement of health.
All applications for SAMRC funding undergo a review process. Only the very best candidates and/or research projects receive funding.
All scholarship applicants must be registered for the degree they are seeking funding for.
|THE NATIONAL HEALTH SCHOLARS PROGRAMME (NHSP)|
The National Health Scholars Programme (NHSP) is an initiative of the National Health Research Committee (NHRC). The NHSP is funded by the Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF) under the auspices of the National Department of Health (NDoH)
There is no set amount of scholarship value. The scholarship value is determined by establishing how much the SA Government would pay the candidate if they were full time employed with the qualifications they currently hold. Thus the scholarship value is equivalent to the after-tax take-home pay of the candidate, based on the salary scales of the relevant post (or equivalent) in the National Department of Health.
Eligible candidates: the priority is to focus on professions in which research skills are scarce or still being developed such as Biostatistics, Nursing, Health Economics, Health Systems etc as well as to strengthen under represented designated groups, institutions and research tracks, on PhDs and where compelling Masters degrees.
The first group of National Health Scholars Program was funded in 2013.
Dr Nolubabalo Unati Nqebelele is a beneficiary of the NHSP. Read more.
|INTERNATIONAL MASTERS IN VACCINOLOGY (IMVACC) PROGRAMME|
The SAMRC has collaborated with the Government of Switzerland via the Swiss Vaccine Research Institute (SVRC) and the University of Lausanne (UL) in a capacity development program in the research field of Vaccine Development. This is an e-learning facilitated program. As at November five (5) universities within South Africa and three SAMRC research units which are hosting scholars participating on the program, namely MUT, SMU, UKZN, WITS, WSU and Cochrane South Africa, Health Systems Research Unit and HIV Prevention Research Unit.
The value of the scholarship is R295 000.00 for completion of the Master degree. The next request for applications (RFA) will be next year 2019 for 2020 intake.
2019 IMVACC Kick-off meeting. Read more.
|SAMRC CLINICIAN RESEARCHER DEVELOPMENT PhD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME|
There is a dearth of MBChB or D.D.S graduates that read for PhD research degrees. The SAMRC continues to strengthen efforts that take cognizance of this paucity of Clinician researchers in South Africa.
The value of the scholarship is R500 000.00 p.a per scholar up to maximum of 4 yrs.
Dr Lynnsay Dikson, she’s currently funded under the SAMRC Clinician Researcher M.D PhD Scholarship programme. Read more.
|NEW SAMRC INTRA-MURAL POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME|
The purpose of the research fellowship is to contribute and assist in accelerating the building of intramural research capacity and scientific leadership within the SAMRC. This is done by creating opportunities for intramural research units within the SAMRC to host post-doctoral scientist that has demonstrated a potential to become established researcher.
The value of the grant is R350 000.00 p.a per fellow for 3 years with an option to extend to further 2 years subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funds.
As at February 2018, Research Capacity Development (RCD) Division boasts six units hosting a total of fourteen post-doctoral fellows. The host research units are: Centre for Tuberculosis Research Unit (TBRU), Biomedical Research Innovation Platform (BRIP), Health Systems Research Unit (HSRU), Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Research Unit (ATODRU), Cochrane South Africa and Gender and Health Research Unit (GHRU).
Dr Awelani Mutshembele, Postdoctoral Research Fellow: TB Platform Pretoria. Read more.
|RESEARCH CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (RCDI)|
This is a strategic initiative of the President of the SAMRC. The objective of the project is for the SAMRC to increase its footprint nationally to include all strata of universities - particularly to include under resourced universities otherwise referred to as Historically Disadvantaged Institutions (HDIs). To date, eight universities have been invited for participation under this initiative, namely: i) University of Limpopo, ii) University of Venda, iii) University of Zululand, iv) University of Fort Hare, v) Walter Sisulu University, vi) University of the Western Cape, vii) Mangosutho University of Technology and viii) Sefako Makgatho University.
Each university is awarded one million rand per financial year ) for five years. Currently there are 16 funded PIs hosted in the eight universities.
RCD hosted an Annual Grant Holders Meeting . Read more.
|RCDI POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME|
Postgraduate scholars are identified and supervised by a PI funded under the RCDI project. The scholars do research towards an MSc or PhD using the structure provided by the funded RCDI project and contributing to the main aim and objectives of the project Post graduate scholars are awarded scholarships worth R160 000.00 pa for MSc and R200 000.00 pa for PhD to degree completion.
Application process is by identification and invitation by RCDI funded PI at the HDI.
Dr Daphney Matume who was doing her PhD via the SAMRC RCDI Post-Graduate program just graduated in September 2018. Read more.
|SAMRC INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME|
Funding for MSc or PhD. This program focuses on funding Generic Black Candidates (African Black, Indian, Coloured and Asian) whose research supervisors are employees or researchers at SAMRC - working for the SAMRC as researchers within SAMRC intra or extra mural research units. The research supervisor may also be an SAMRC funded Principal Investigator working as a research scientist at any of the universities in South Africa.
The SAMRC Internship Scholarship Programme has renewed 18 beneficiaries that will be continuing in the 2018/19 Financial Year
Dr Claudia Ntsapi. Read more.
Dr Stephany Pitts (Muller). Read more.
Ms Lerato Hlaka. Read more.
|Early Career Scientist Convention|