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2 August 2023
Apply now: 2023 SAMRC Clinician Researcher Programme
The SAMRC’s Division of Research Capacity Development (RCD) invites applications from eligible South African citizen or permanent resident health professionals who hold an MBChB or BDS qualification to apply for PhD scholarship funding under the SAMRC Clinician Researcher Programme.

The aim of the SAMRC Clinician Researcher Programme is to increase the number of clinician-scientists in South Africa who possess a PhD and have the capability to conduct high-impact research and occupy leadership positions in the South African academic, clinical, and research sectors. The full time PhD scholarships will only be awarded to candidates with a degree in medicine (MBChB) or dentistry (BDS).

The 2023 SAMRC Clinician Researcher Programme (CRP) Request for Applications (RFA)

This funding opportunity is aimed at individuals who are already enrolled for PhD studies. The overarching goal of the SAMRC  in this programme is to increase racial diversity and gender balance in the pipeline of clinician-scientists. As such, we encourage participation from underrepresented groups.
Level No. of years Value p.a. Notes
PhD scholarship 3 (+1 year extra, upon special motivation from the Supervisor) R500 000.00 Funding is until completion of the degree, or the specified number of years, whichever occurs first. Adequate performance is required for annual renewal of the scholarship.

Requirements for application

  1. Must be a South African citizen or permanent resident.  
  2. Must have an officially approved PhD research proposal.
  3. Must be registered as a full-time PhD student at a South African university.
  4. Must provide written commitment of participation by an experienced research supervisor who is willing to train the student for the entire duration of the degree.
  5. The research supervisor must have research funding for the project and appropriate facilities for the scholar to effectively conduct the PhD research project.
 Scholarship Conditions
  • Scholarship holders are expected to spend at least 90% of their time conducting research towards their PhD.
  • Teaching and clinical activities may not take up more than 10% of the time of the scholar.
  • Scholarship holders may not receive, concurrently with this scholarship, other bursaries, grants, or remuneration which bind them to enter the service of any organization without prior agreement of the SAMRC.
  • Candidates may not hold a bursary from more than one South African Government or statutory entity at any given time.
  • Scholarship holders may not receive, concurrently with this scholarship, other non-binding remuneration/fellowships and grants without prior agreement of the SAMRC.
  • Scholarship holders may not, without seeking approval from the SAMRC, register at a university other than that through which the application has been submitted.
  • Once the scholarship has been awarded, the scholarship holder may not change his/her supervisor or research project without informing the SAMRC.
  • Scholar will be expected to submit six-monthly progress reports endorsed by the supervisor.
  • Application for renewal of funding will be considered on an annual basis, and success thereof will be subject to satisfactory progress being made.
  • Successful applicants will be required to enter into an agreement with the SAMRC to complete their studies within the specified period.

Application Process

Application steps 1 to 3 below must be completed. The South African Medical Research Council reserves the right to disqualify ineligible, incomplete and/or inappropriate applications, change the conditions of the award, extend the closing date, or make no awards at all. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted after completion of the review, selection, and approval processes. Should you not hear from the SAMRC by 30 October 2023, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.
For enquiries contact Dr Lindokuhle Ndlandla at / 021 938 0442.