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SEMDSA Basic / Applied Science Bursary for MSc and PhD students for 2016

The purpose of this bursary is to encourage students to register for postgraduate degrees within the research areas of diabetes, endocrinology or metabolism. The following criteria will apply:

  1. The prospective candidate’s research project must be in the field of diabetes, endocrinology or metabolism. Basic and/or applied research studies are encouraged, but epidemiological studies, and clinical studies that include a basic component will also be considered.
  2. The student must be registered with an academic centre in South Africa as a postgraduate student at either an MSc or PhD level, but not MMed or equivalent. Masters degree by coursework will not be considered.
  3. The bursary can be used to cover the costs of registration and course fees, research running costs and conference travel.
  4. The student must be a citizen or permanent resident of South Africa.
  5. The bursary will cover 2 years for an MSc student and 3 years for a PhD student and will be R100 000 per year.
  6. Receipt of the SEMDSA bursary will not preclude the student from applying for bursaries from other sources e.g. MRC, NRF or home University, if this is compatible with those institutes’ policies. Application for funding to cover personal expenses, as well as additional running costs is encouraged.
  7. The SEMDSA bursary will be paid to and administered by the host University.
  8. When applying for the bursary the student must supply SEMDSA with a full CV, a letter of support and short biosketch from the student’s research supervisor, proof of registration as a postgraduate student, the names and contact details of two referees and a summary of the research project. The research proposal must include a literature review, aims, a description of methods to be used, budget, sources of funds to cover the research budget and references. Details must also be given on how the funds from SEMDSA will be spent. The summary of the research project must NOT exceed 10 pages (excluding references).
  9. If the student has not yet obtained proof of registration as a postgraduate student at the time of applying to SEMDSA for a bursary, then SEMDSA will still accept the application but will only release the funding once evidence of registration has been received.
  10. Proof of ethics approval for the project from the host institution must be supplied to SEMDSA before the funds will be released.
  11. The student will supply SEMDSA with an annual written report on the research project, as well as a detailed record of expenditure. The supervisor will also supply SEMDSA with a report on the student’s progress. Failure to adhere to these terms will result in the suspension of funding.
  12. Funding for the second and third year of study towards the MSc and PhD degrees respectively, will be dependent on satisfactory progress towards the respective degrees, and will be based on the progress reports submitted by the applicant and supervisor.
  13. The student will be expected to present the outcomes of the research project at one or more of the annual SEMDSA meetings. If the student’s abstract is accepted for presentation, then SEMDSA will commit to assist with the registration, travel and accommodation costs required to attend the conference.
  14. The student is strongly encouraged to publish his/her work in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including JEMDSA. All publications and presentations should acknowledge the funding by SEMDSA.
  15. The student is be expected to graduate within 18 months of completing their final year of study i.e. 3 years for PhD and 2 years for MSc. If this deadline is exceeded the student and the supervisor must supply SEMDSA with a written explanation.

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No applications will be accepted after 5pm on 31 August 2015. The outcomes will be known by the end of November 2015.  

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