2014 CSIR Undergraduate ICT Bursaries

The CSIR is pleased to announce a comprehensive bursary programme that is aimed at providing support for talented students in selected fields of science, engineering and technology (SET). The bursary is designed to be especially attractive to those students that are considering a career in research, with a value that will comprehensively cover all the normal costs associated with university studies, such as registration, tuition, books, accommodation, meals, laptop, etc. A generous living expenses allowance is an additional part of the package, to assist all selected students with incidental costs. Both academic merit and financial need will be considered during the selection process, as well as the imperative to increase the participation of women and black people in SET.

The CSIR Meraka Institute is a national strategic initiative that aims to accelerate South Africa’s growth towards an Information Society and addresses three critical areas in information and communication technology (ICT):

  • Human capital development(HCD) in ICT forms a critical thread throughout the Institute’s activities and ensures continued development, growth and sustainability
  • Innovation in ICT that leads to applications able to address development challenges facing South Africa, the continent and the developing world
  • Advanced technology researchthat enables indigenous ICT leadership, through critical mass and focus on ICT research and development.

Research fields include: real-time video coding; remote sensing; knowledge representation and reasoning; ontologies and the semantic web; enterprise engineering; human language technologies; advanced sensor networks; wireless mesh networks; earth observation; mobile platforms; Internet of Things; and living labs, trusted networks and security.

The CSIR invites applications from students wishing to register for  the 2014 academic year in the following  fields:

BSc/BEng undergraduate  studies in the ICT field:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Informatics

With interest in specialising in the following areas:

  • Information Systems
  • Software Development
  • Computation Linguistics
  • Information Technology
  • Remote Sensing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Science
  • Analytics/ data analysis and visualisation
  • High Performance Computing
  • Networking


Requirements: • A South African citizen • Enrolment at a South African university in 2014 • An average of 65% for the current academic year • Interested in pursuing a research career • Willingness to work in a diverse environment.

Your application must include: • A copy of your Identity Document • A copy of your CV • Latest academic results.

Preference will be given to applicants from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and people living with disabilities.

Should you not be contacted within one month of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Closing date: 17 January 2014


Online applications only considered

Should you experience any problems in submitting your application, please contact the CSIR Recruitment Centre at Recruitmentqueries@csir.co.za. Please do not submit your application to this mailbox.

The CSIR gives preference to candidates who meet the job requirements and who will add to the cultural and gender diversity of the organisation. By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, consents and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from a registered credit bureau and/or SAPS (in relation to positions that require trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances) and may also verify the applicant’s educational qualifications and employment history. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted within a month of the closing date and that the CSIR reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.

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