Bursaries in renewable energy studies.

Energy-specific bursaries and scholarships are available from the National Research Foundation, the South African National Energy Development Institute, and from Stellenbosch University (open to non-Stellenbosch students too).

Call for NRF Postgraduate Scholarships 2022

Opening Date: Wednesday, 8 April, 2021
Closing Date: Friday, 18 December, 2022


2023 Bursary Opportunities- Green Hydrogen Project Engineering

Opening Date: Monday, 14 November, 2022

Closing Date: Friday, 25 November, 2022



Bursaries are only awarded to South African citizens and permanent residents and preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, including female students. Proof of permanent residence permit must be submitted with application for bursary.

Bursaries are only available for full-time, on-campus students.

You must be admitted to the degree programme as indicated on your application before any bursary payments will be made. If you want to change your programme or research project you will have to apply in writing to do so and may forfeit your bursary if it is decided that the new programme/project is no longer part of the focus of the Postgraduate Programme in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies. Submit proof of acceptance to the programme with your application.

You may not hold any other bursaries in conjunction with this bursary except for university awarded merit bursaries. This restriction will apply to all bursaries from the National Research Foundation, employers such as Eskom and SASOL, and bursaries from trusts or other donor agencies.

All merit bursaries that you receive must be reported to the Centre as soon as they are awarded, including the amount of said bursaries.

You may not commit more than eight hours per week to any additional income generating work. Any such work, and the amount of income you will receive from it, must be declared to and approved by your supervisor and the Director of the Centre.

View available research topics.

Masters degree: R100 000 per year for 2 years
PhD degree: R150 000 per year for 3 years

30 September 2021

Click here to download the application form. The form along with relevant documents must be submitted to the CRSES by:
Email: crses@sun.ac.za
Fax: 021 883 8513
Hand: Room 404, Engineering Knowledge Centre, Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University


Full engineering bursaries in all relevant disciplines at South African universities. Bursaries of up to R100 000 per year for one year are available to cover registration and course fees, and student accommodation. Bursary funds will be transferred twice yearly. Note that the bursary funder has very strict audit requirements, therefore sufficient evidence will need to be provided for all expenditure (e.g. invoices), before any payment will be made. Additional funding is available to supervisors for substantiated expenditure on computer and other research equipment / licenses, conferences, and open-access publications in support of the student’s research activities. All claims must be received by 1 June 2023.
Applicants must be completing in 2022 / already hold a B.Eng degree, and plan to register as full-time students in 2023, or already be full-time students.
Any South African university.
The deadline for applications is 25 November 2022. Successful applicants will be contacted in the week of 28 November 2022.
Students or supervisors can submit the student’s CV, study record, and a max 300 words description of the proposed research topic (signed by the proposed supervisor) to bbekker@sun.ac.za