South African Young Academy of Science

Opportunities for Young Scientists


SAYAS Blogging Competition 2021- Applications Open, Closing 30 November 2020

Are you a postgraduate/doctorate student or postdoctoral researcher in or from South Africa and you feel you want to express yourself and share your thoughts and opinions but do not have a platform to do so?

SAYAS is proudly representing the voice of young scientists of all spheres of science and we want to provide the platform for aspiring scientists to talk, debate and learn more about the postgraduate journey in South Africa. Through the years, in the SAYAS blog, we all learned about specific research fields and new discoveries,  challenges such as financial ones, funding, diversity and inequalities, we were inspired by stories of women in science or other role models, and discovered what the students expect from supervisors and mentors among many others. Download the full advert here: SAYAS Blogging Competition 2021

If you feel you have thoughts, ideas, and experiences to share and want the opportunity to share them, here is your chance to enter!

What do I need to enter? Any postgraduate/doctorate student from any research field in or from South Africa that can communicate in English can enter.

How do I enter the blogging competition? You will need to send the following to the SAYAS blog editor Roula Inglesi-Lotz A short bio (500-700 words) describing yourself/ your research/ your dreams/ your journey in word format, and your CV and a high-resolution photo of you.

What is expected from me and what should I expect from SAYAS If I am selected to be a SAYAS blogger? You will have to work with the 2021 SAYAS blog editors and submit one blog every month in 2021; the topic of the blog is your choice as well as the ideas represented there; you will receive guidance and mentoring from the editors so that your blog is of SAYAS standards and quality; we will be in touch within 3 weeks if you have made it; and you will also receive a small stipend monthly for the year of your blogging contract.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 30th November 2020.  For more Information, write to:

Call for Nominations for the 5th BRICS Young Scientist Forum

Thematic area: Artificial Intelligence

Extended Deadline is 1 September 2020

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) and the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) are inviting applications for participation in the 5th BRICS Young Scientist Forum to be held on 21–25 September 2020 and hosted by Russia as an Online Meeting. Thematic area: Application of Artificial Intelligence in the areas of Ecology and Materials Science.

The main goals of the BRICS YSF are to provide a platform for connecting & networking amongst the BRICS youth in order to harness their knowledge for resolving common societal challenges through research and innovation. In addition, strengthen advancement of skills & research competencies of the youth primarily below the age of 40 years drawn from science, engineering and other allied disciplines.

Access The Call & Form here:


Announcement: African Scientists Directory

Deadline: Ongoing process

The African Scientists Directory – collaboratively developed by the International Science Council (ISC) Regional Office for Africa (ROA) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), with funding made available by the South African Department of Science and Innovation – seeks to provide relevant information on African experts in the natural and social sciences, humanities, engineering and mathematics. We are calling on African scientists to register on the directory, which seeks to promote and facilitate capacity building in Africa, including support for post-graduate training programmes for early-career scientists. Access the website here:

SAYAS book on COVID-19 -Inviting Abstracts

Deadline: 31 August 2020

The South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS) is inviting proposal chapters for a planned book on ‘PUSHING FRONTIERS: MULTI-DISCIPLINARY REFLECTIONS OF SCIENCE POST COVID-19’.

-For further information contact: Prof Willie Chinyamurindi –

-Email book chapter abstract to:

Deadline: 31 August 2020

Link with more information on the guidelines & criteria:

NRF-TWAS Fellowships in South Africa

Deadline: 14 August 2020

South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) are working in partnership with TWAS to advance science in developing countries through the NRF-TWAS Doctoral Fellowships.

The British Ecological Society grants in ecological science

Deadline: 7 September, 2020

The British Ecological Society is offering grants of up to £8,000 for ecologists in Africa to carry out innovative ecological research. Funding is available for any area of ecological science excluding research focused solely on agriculture, forestry and bioprospecting.


Eligible candidates should:

-be a scientist and a citizen of a country in Africa or its associated islands, that is a ‘low-income economy’ or ‘lower-middle-income economy’ according to the World Bank categorisation

-have at least an MSc or equivalent degree

-be working for a university or research institution in Africa (including field centres, NGOs, museums etc.) that provides basic research facilities

-carry out the research in a country in Africa or its associated islands


More details including how to apply are available at:

The deadline for applications for this grant is 7 September, 2020.

The GYA membership call for 2021 is open now

Deadline: 15 September 2020, 10 pm UTC

Applications are sought from young, independent scholars who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering impact.

The Global Young Academy (GYA) is a global organisation that places a high value on its diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates. All applicants receive consideration and will not be discriminated against with regard to race, colour, ethnicity, religion, creed, sex, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disabilities, or other factors. We especially encourage women and applicants from different minority groups, and from diverse disciplines including the natural, physical and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities and people working in government, industry, and non-governmental sectors to apply.

Research fields: The call is open to all scholars working in any research-based discipline, including the natural, physical and social sciences, as well as the arts and humanities.

Access more information & relevant forms here:

Bursaries for South African students

Deadlines: vary

We have compiled a list of bursaries on offer in South Africa for South African students. Do note:

  • This is by no means an exhaustive list and we will aim at updating it regularly
  • The deadlines do vary but it will hopefully give you an idea of when the respective companies make a call and you can postmark to make an application in the following year, if you miss the deadline

Access the list here: Click here

WIOMSA Marine Research Grants Programme

WIOMSA Marine Research Grants Programme. Supports young scientists to present research results at various fora. Applications for travel grants can be submitted anytime.

Nestle Foundation grants

Nestlé Foundation grants for research in human nutrition in low-income and lower middle-income countries. Support includes grants for Masters and PhD projects. Applications accepted all year round.

TWAS prizes:

  • TWAS Medal Lectures. Awarded to TWAS members, in recognition of their achievements in their fields of research. The recipients lecture on a main aspect of their work. Deadline: Open
  • Abdus Salam Medal. Awarded to highly distinguished personalities who have served the cause of science in the Developing World. No limit on age, country or field. Deadline: Open 


NHLS Grants -South Africa

National Health Laboratory Services – Development Grant & Research Progression Grant for South Africans. Deadline: No closing date

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