2019 Wits MSc Bursary for people with a commerce, geology or environmental studies honours degree

GCI wits MSc bursary

The Global Change institute is offering a bursary for someone to do their MSc Assessing Climate Vulnerability of Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa.

Minimum requirements: An Honors degree in Business studies, Economics, Geography, Environmental Studies/Sciences

Finance: R 25, 000 tuition bursary, R 60,000 annual stipend, and project running costs.

Location and Duration: This position is based in Johannesburg, Gauteng. This is a 2 year fixed term appointment.

Expected start date: February 2019


Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa contribute ~ 34 % to national GDP, employ between 28 - 60 % of the labour force in South Africa and make up 91 % of formalised businesses. Climate change is a major risk and threat multiplier to businesses across all sectors in South Africa and SMEs may be particularly vulnerable to direct and indirect climate impacts due to insufficient resources for buffer against these.

In comparison to big business and multi-national corporations, little is known about the nature of climate risk, vulnerabilities, sensitivities and/or exposure for SMEs in South Africa. This knowledge gap is significant in light of the increasing occurrence of extreme weather events and new climate regulations. SMEs, and the national economy, could potentially be exposed to significant risks that they are ill-prepared for.

The successful MSc candidate will have a fantastic opportunity to explore an under-researched area, looking at the vulnerability of SMEs across key economic sectors in South Africa to emerging climate change impacts and risks, including regulatory risk. Interested candidates should have an understanding of climate change, climate risk for the private sector and corporate sustainability/the role of the private sector in sustainable development. Candidates must be comfortable with statistical analysis and some experience with administering and analyzing survey data will be an added advantage.

S/he will be required to outline sources of climate risk and resilience strategies or coping mechanisms being implemented by SMEs. The candidate will also be required to publish the findings in an international peer-reviewed journal.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your application consisting of your CV, motivation letter, transcript and Honours project report to Dr. Ruwadzano Matsika at Ruwadzano.matsika@wits.ac.za by 09 January 2019.

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2019 Bursary for black (African, Coloured, Indian) women in maritime studies

Sindiswa Carol Nhlumayo bursary for maritime studies for women

SINDISWA CAROL ‘TU’ NHLUMAYO MERIT BURSARY The Sindiswa Carol ‘Tu’ Nhlumayo Merit Bursary is now open for young black women wanting to pursue a qualification at a South African university to develop their career opportunities in the maritime sector.
The Sindiswa Carol ‘Tu’ Nhlumayo Merit Bursary is offered for maritime, marine or related studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level at any tertiary institution in South Africa. The bursary is open to South African black women (African, Coloured and Indian) under the age of 35 years. The bursary is available for a wide variety of maritime-related study fields including Marine Engineering, Oceanography, Logistics, Shipping, Ocean Governance, Environmental Law, Geological Sciences, Zoology and Marine Ecology to name just a few. The closing date for applications to the Bursary Scheme is 10 December 2018. To apply, download the application form from the SAIMI website http://www.saimi.co.za/careers-bursaries.html or e-mail Soraya Artman at info@saimi.co.za

Humanities bursary for KZN universities (Registration Fees 2019)

help with university registration fees for 2019

Canon Collins invites applications for Thekgo Bursaries to students planning to to study; Languages and Literature, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Education and Arts (Digital Arts, Drama/Performance Studies, Visual Arts/Fine Arts, History of Art, Film and Television Studies, Music) at KwaZulu Natal Universities in 2019. This bursary only covers the registration fees for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Which KZN universities does this registration fee bursary support:

- Durban University of Technology
- University of Kwazulu-Natal
- University of Zululand
- Mangosuthu University of Technology

Who can apply:

- Any African national or person with refugee status in an African country who has been accepted at the above mentioned KZN universities.
- You must show academic merit
- Must be from financially disadvantaged background
- Must be studying in the fields mentioned earlier in this post

Amount of funding:

5-7 people may be selected with registration funding up to R7500

How to apply:

Download and fill in the application form and submit it, along with your supporting documents to thekgo@canoncollins.org.uk by the 17th of December 2018. Be sure to read the guidelines before filling in the application, they can be accessed here.