The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is accepted applications for South African Women in Science Awards (WISA) for 2017. The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women.

DST’s mission is to provide leadership, an enabling environment, and resources for science, technology and innovation in support of South Africa’s development.

 

Academic Level: Awards are available for pursuing research programme.

Available Courses: Awards in the distinguished woman and distinguished young woman researcher categories will be made for research that responds to the theme in the fields of Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences.  However, the DST Fellowships and TATA Scholarships are not restricted to the theme.

Country of Study: South Africa

 

Value of Scholarship Award:

  • Awards for Distinguished Woman Researchers: Winner: R80 000; first runner-up: R45 000; and second runner-up: R35 000.
  • Awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researchers: Winner: R65 000; first runner-up: R35 000; and second runner-up: R25 000.
  • Awards for Research and Innovation: Distinguished Woman: R80 000, Distinguished Young Woman: R65 000
  • DST Fellowships: R35 000 for master’s (X4), R45 000 for doctoral students (X4)
  • TATA Africa Scholarships for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology: Master’s R60 000 (X3) Doctoral R60 000 (X3)

Applicant Eligibility:  

  • Awards for Distinguished Woman Researchers: These awards will be made to women scientists or researchers for their outstanding scientific contribution to advancing science and building the knowledge base in the theme of the awards. Awards will be made in each of the following fields: Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences; and Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Awards for Distinguished Young Woman Researchers: These awards will be made to emerging woman scientists or researchers, under the age of 40 or turning 41 during the year of the awards, for their outstanding contribution to advancing science and building the knowledge base in the theme. Awards will be made in each of the following fields: Natural (Life and Physical) and Engineering Sciences; and Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Awards for Research and Innovation Leading to Economic Empowerment of Women: These awards will be made to two women whose innovation (emanating from research) has led to demonstrable economic impact and/or the empowerment of women, especially in the workplace. Awards will be made to Distinguished researcher; and Distinguished young researcher.
  • DST Fellowships for Postgraduate Students: These awards will be made to eight women who are currently involved in full-time study or research leading to master’s or doctoral degrees. The said awards recognise outstanding ability and potential in research, to enhance the women’s research experience and output, and encourage more young women to complete research degrees. Postgraduate fellowships will be awarded to Four master’s students: 2 in natural and engineering sciences; 1 in humanities and social sciences (HSS) and (1) indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) and Four doctoral students: 2 in natural and engineering sciences; 1 in HSS and 1 in IKS.
  • Tata Africa Scholarships in Science, Engineering and Technology: Six awards will be made to women who are currently involved in full-time postgraduate study or research leading to master’s or doctoral degrees in areas where participation by women is traditionally low. These awards will recognise outstanding ability and potential in research.

Nationality: The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have previous degree.

Scholarships for Women

How to Apply: Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically (using the attached form) to WISAwards@dst.gov.za.

Application Form

 

Application Deadline: The application deadline is May 26, 2017.

Scholarship Website