Call for Bursaries for 2014 Closed.

Posted on Thu, Sep 19 2013 12:02:00

The DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) is a national research centre based in the University of Stellenbosch. The centre is dedicated to the modelling of disease transmission and progression, focusing on South Africa's major health challenges. SACEMA provides research facilities and a stimulating environment in which scientists can interact to transcend disciplinary and institutional boundaries. Our goal is to engage innovatively with fundamental issues in epidemiology and produce quantitative evidence to guide important decisions in national and international health policy.

SACEMA invites applications for bursaries to study towards MSc or PhD degrees in fields relating to epidemiology, biostatistics and epidemiological modelling. A background in quantitative methods is required, and interdisciplinary experience is welcome. Previous exposure to SACEMA's core research areas will be an advantage, and priority will be given to applicants demonstrating high motivation and affinities for the following areas in which SACEMA's current projects lie:

1. HIV incidence estimation methods.
2. Age-disparate relationships (age-mixing) and the sexual transmission of HIV.
3. TB, HIV, silicosis in mineworkers.
4. Antiretroviral treatment outcomes, particularly immunology and treatment resistance, and metabolic side effects of treatment.
5. Water access and water-borne diseases.
6. Spatial distribution of malaria.
7. Climate change and tsetse-borne trypanosomiasis.
8. TB transmission and reactivation.

It is part of SACEMA's mission to foster links and generate inter-disciplinary collaborations with researchers at other institutions. Therefore SACEMA bursaries are available for a broad range of applicants in a variety of fields, and bursary holders and their supervisor(s) may be based at any institution in South Africa. However, there are two different application procedures, reflected in two different online application forms - for an Internal Bursary or for an External Bursary.

Internal bursary holders are supervised through SACEMA. Registration will normally be in one of the following departments at Stellenbosch University: the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the Faculty of Science, the Department of Statistics in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, or the Division of Community Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences, depending on the applicant's background and the main thrust of the intended research. In addition to any resources offered by the registering department, Stellenbosch-based MSc and PhD students will have access to a desk in SACEMA and full participation in the activities of the centre. SACEMA's stimulating research environment includes regular group discussions, research seminars and workshops. Relevant coursework will be recommended by SACEMA in consultation with supervisor(s) and satisfying the requirements of the registering department.
If it is your intention to seek supervision from SACEMA, you should complete the online Internal Postgraduate Bursary application form, including a statement of research interest and motivation. This must include a listing, in order of preference, of the SACEMA core areas given above that you are interested in pursuing, and why.

Internal MSc students may be accepted on the basis of their motivational statement, transcripts, and CV. They will be guided towards appropriate research project and supervisory team during the first few months of their tenure, while taking research initiation courses at SACEMA and University coursework modules. Internal PhD applicants are expected to supply substantial detail of their motivation and intentions, and show significant knowledge of proposed research areas.

External bursary holders may be registered at any university in South Africa. Applicants are expected to submit a detailed research proposal, prepared in collaboration with a proposed supervisor, as part of the bursary application process. If this is your intention, you should complete the External Postgraduate Bursary application form. Your proposed supervisor is requested to indicate support for your intentions and willingness to supervise you. Preference will be given to candidates who submit a research proposal related to SACEMA's research objectives and on-going projects as listed above.

If you are working on a currently-funded project that relates to SACEMA's research interests and might lead to fruitful collaboration, then you are still welcome to apply for a bursary. The additional funding provided by SACEMA may then be used for travel or conference/course attendance.


Closing date for applications: Sunday 27 October 2013

Further enquiries may be directed to:
Ms Lynnemore Scheepers
Tel: 021 808 2589