South African students can now apply for the Bongani Mayosi National Health Scholarship. This post also contains the step by step registration process and application details.

The Bongani Mayosi National Health Scholars Programme (BM-NHSP) is an initiative by the National Health Research Committee (NHRC) and a partnership between the National Department of Health (NDoH), the Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).

The objective of the BM-NHSP is to fund the training of 1000 PhDs in health and clinical research over the next 10 years.  Applications are invited for PhD scholarships tenable in South African universities. Funding is towards the completion of the degree and funding is made available for a full degree period (i.e. prescribed time for a PhD) as a tax-free scholarship for full-time study.

Bongani Mayosi National Health Scholars Programme

The value of the scholarship is equivalent to the after-tax take-home pay of the applicant, in terms of the public service professional scales applicable to the qualification(s) of the candidate (excluding overtime pay). Applicants to note that once the benchmarking process has been completed (based on the criteria at the time) and a scholarship amount has been awarded, it will remain fixed for the full duration of the studies irrespective of a change criteria e.g. additional qualifications/credentials obtained or an increase in Occupation Specific Dispensation scales.

The BM-NHSP aims to contribute positively towards efforts to strengthen and accelerate progress towards equity in research capacity development within the National Department of Health Human Capital across South Africa. Where appropriate priority will be given to hitherto under-represented designated groups, institutions, and or under-researched priority research niches.

The purpose of this particular request for applications (RFA) is to build capacity in four priority research areas namely:

(i) mental health,

(ii) violence, injury and trauma,

(iii) digital health and

(iv) rural health.

The current funding opportunity is targeting applicants who preferably hold an MBChB or master’s degree, are in their second year of PhD study within the specialized fields of Biostatistics, Data Science, Digital Health, Demography, Epidemiology, Health Economics, Genomics/Bioinformatics and Immunology.

Requirements for application (Check your eligibility before starting your application).

  1. Must be a South African citizen/permanent resident
  2. Applicants must hold MBChB or a master’s degree
  3. Must have an officially approved PhD research proposal
  4. Must be registered as a full-time PhD student, preferably in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year
  5. 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
  6. The research supervisor must have research funding for the project and appropriate facilities for the scholar to effectively conduct the PhD research project


Full applications must be completed online and all additional documents requested emailed to Ms Colleen Van Wyk on or before 15 April 2021 at / Tel 021 938 0384

For enquiries contact: Dr Lindokuhle Ndlandla on / Tel 021 938 0442

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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