This is to bring to the notice of the public, that entry into 2019 China / South Africa Joint Research Program is on-going. Qualified candidates can now apply for the program. The scholarship is thus available for Chinese and South Africa researchers.
This aim of the Program is to immensely contribute to scientific advancement in both countries by supporting researchers’ mobility in the frame of joint research projects in specified research fields.
The sole aim of the Joint Research Program (JRP) is to fund the mobility of researchers between the two countries to carry out joint research projects together. Thus, funding under the JRP will be readily made available for visits and mobility of researchers/ scientists carrying out joint research in the thematic areas mentioned above.
Description of Scholarship
- Deadline for Applications: Nov 20, 2018
- Course Level: Scholarships are available for those that seek to pursue a research.
- Study Subject: Applicants interested in applying under the Joint Research Program (JRP) are invited to submit their joint research proposals in the following designated thematic areas prioritized by South Africa and China:
- Biotechnology in health and agriculture
- Traditional medicines
- Renewable energy
- Water resources
- Palaeoanthropology / archaeology
Joint research proposals under the Flagship Program (FP) can only be submitted within the Big Data (in Astronomy) thematic area. Any other flagship proposal submitted outside this theme will not be considered for funding.
- Scholarship Award
FOR SOUTH AFRICA
- The overall amount requested from the NRF, under the JRP, should not be more than R400 000 per project.
- For a maximum of two years, Funding will be paid in annual installments (that is R200 000 per year) and solely for research purposes beginning in 2019.
- The overall amount requested from the NRF, under the FP, should not be more than R1 mil per project. For a maximum of two years, Funding will be paid in annual installments (that is R500 000 per year) and solely for research purposes beginning in 2019.
- The overall amount requested from MOST, under the JRP, should not be more than RMB 1 mil.
- For a maximum of two years, Funding will be paid in annual installments (that is R500 000 per year).
- Reimbursements will be made to the implementing institutions and will also be received upon submission of annual scientific and financial reports to MOST.
- A Guideline for Implementation will be made available after selection of the projects endorsed by the Program.
- The overall amount requested from MOST, under the FP, should not exceed RMB 2 mil.
- For a maximum of two years, Funding will be paid in annual installments, RMB 1 mil per year
- Nationality: For researchers from South Africa and China.
- Number of Scholarships: Not specified
- Scholarship will be taken in South Africa
- Countries Eligible: For researchers from South Africa and China.
For both the JRP and FP:
- Applications must designate two Principal Investigators (PIs), one in South Africa and one in China, who will shoulder the main responsibility for the project, including its technical, administrative coordination, scientific and financial reporting; proposals submitted by young, early-stage or mid-career researchers as well as project proposals which involves doctoral students and/or female researchers will be prioritized for funding by both sides; and
- The focus of the Program lies on new international partnerships. So therefore, follow-up proposals with the same research partners will not be prioritized for funding (if they have already been funded under this Program).
South Africa: This is open to working researchers living in South Africa and affiliated with a recognized higher education or research institution such as a university, university of technology or science council. Commercial institutions and private educational institutions will not be eligible to apply under this program.
The South African applicant must be in possession of a PhD. In terms of human capital development, South African applications from previously disadvantaged individuals and the involvement of historically disadvantaged higher education institutions will also be prioritized.
China: This is open to working researchers living in Mainland China and affiliated with a recognized Chinese higher education university/college, research institution, or enterprise.
Procedures for Application
How to Apply:
FOR SOUTH AFRICA:
Applicants are expected to go through the following steps when applying:
- All applications must be submitted via an online application process to the NRF by visiting this link: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/
- Register using your ID/Passport number and password.
- Go to “My Applications” and click on “Create Application”.
- Select the call for which you are applying for: South Africa/China Joint Call for Proposals 2019.
- Always remember to complete all sections of the application as indicated on the online application form.
- Attach the necessary documentations in a PDF file in the following order: CV of partner and the budget of partner.
NB: Remember to submit application on completion.
- Completed applications will go to the host University for verification before being forwarded to the NRF for further processing.
- Incomplete applications will not be automatically disqualified.
- Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in this document will be discarded.
- Applications submitted outside the NRF Online Submission System will not be discarded.
- No hard copies will be accepted and will automatically be disqualified by the NRF.
- Only applications endorsed by the research office or its equivalent at higher education or research institutions will be accepted for consideration.
NB: Please contact the institutional research office or equivalent, if you are experiences any difficulties.
China: Application forms and guidelines for Chinese applicant can be viewed via this link: http://www.cistc.gov.cn/
For more information, visit the Scholarship Link