MSc Scholarship for 2020 / 2021

A research collaboration between South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) has made available one MSc fellowship. The MSc project will form part of a multi-disciplinary NRF-FAPESP funded study on ‘Potentially toxic elements exposure from informal and home-based industries or outsourced activities and associated risks in children, adolescents and women of childbearing age’. The MSc project will be designed to enhance the level of informed debate in environmental health issues and enhance capacity development in priority areas.

The successful candidate will be registered at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban.


  • The value of the award is R90 000 per annum.
  • Annual renewals may be possible and will, if awarded, be subject to proof of satisfactory progress in line with NRF scholarship conditions.
  • The maximum period for the award is 2 years.


  • South African citizens, including permanent residents.
  • A successfully completed Honours Degree in environmental chemistry or health related qualification with proven relevant environmental research experience.


  • A keen interest in environmental health issues
  • Willing and able to travel to Brazil


  • Candidates should provide the following:
  • Cover letter indicating why the applicant may be appropriate for the award (max 1 page)
  • CV including 2 references
  • Certified copy of full academic transcript/s
  • Certified copy of South African ID

Applications should be emailed to:

For further enquiries contact Dr. Renee Street at 031 242 3738 or

Closing date: 9 December 2019.

Start date 15 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.