Poliomyelitis Research Foundation Bursaries 2019

Up to 5 bursaries are offered by the Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF) this year. South African students who wish to pursue their postgraduate degree are welcome to apply. Whether you wish to attend a master’s program or a PhD one, you can still apply for Poliomyelitis Research Foundation bursaries 2019!


The Poliomyelitis Research Foundation was formed in the late 1940s. It is a non-governmental organisation to conduct research into the polio disease (poliomyelitis). The incorporated association is committed to assisting research initiatives intended to develop Medical Virology in South Africa. PRF is governed by senior virologists, members of the business sector, members of the industrial sector and Scientific Advisory Panel from university virology heads of departments across the country.

Every year, the organisation provides funding for outstanding students who otherwise couldn’t fund their tertiary studies without the bursaries. The Poliomyelitis Research Foundation bursaries 2019 provide research grants, fellowships and travel grants. Since 1977, the Foundation has awarded over R 144 million in research funds.

The bursaries are available for master’s and PhD applicants. They are awarded within the following qualifications:

  • MSc
  • MSc (renewal)
  • BScHons
  • PhD
  • PhD (renewal)

Doctoral candidates will receive three years of bursary support while master’s students will receive two years of award support (unless yours is an exceptional circumstance).

Suitability criteria

Before submitting an application, you must make sure that you fulfil the following minimum entry requirements. Therefore, if there is even one criterion you cannot meet then rest assured your application will not be considered.

  • Candidates must be citizens of South Africa or its permanent residents
  • Candidates must be studying towards one of the postgraduate qualifications mentioned above
  • Candidates must not be employed full time
  • Candidates must have achieved at least overall mark of 60%
  • Candidates from previously disadvantaged students will receive preference (for BScHons)
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Application method

Should you be interested in applying for the Poliomyelitis Research Foundation bursaries 2019, please download and complete the relevant application form below:

Aside from the application form, you must also submit the following supporting materials. Remember that, any missing item will lead to your application being disregarded.

  • Certified copy of ID document
  • Certified copy of proof of permanent residency in South Africa (for non-SA citizen)
  • Full scope of your proposed research project
  • Full tertiary academic record

Please forward your application electronically via email to [email protected] by using the following subject line: PRF Bursary Application – BSCHons/MSc/MSc Renewal/PhD/PhD renewal

This program has two different closing dates every year:

February 28 and September 15

All applications that are submitted after this date will not be taken into consideration. Therefore, it is your responsibility as an application to ensure a timely submission.

Should you need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact the organisation directly.

Contact person: MRs Irma Latsky

Tel: 011 555 0395
Email: [email protected]

The Chairperson
Scientific Advisory Panel of the PRF
C/O the National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Private Bag X4