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Dr Thabi MaitinDivision Manager: Dr Thabi Maitin
Email:, Tel: +27 21 938 0891

The core business of the Division of Research Capacity Development (RCD) is to build health research capacity by providing and administering scholarships to SA citizens studying towards their Masters and PhDs in Medical and Health Sciences. Additionally, health research capacity is augmented by providing funding support to Post-doctoral candidates. Further, RCD drives the President's five-year initiative of SAMRC Research Strengthening and Capacity Development in selected South African Universities which previously did not have access to adequate resources. All applications for funding are put through a rigorous review process to ensure that the best candidates and or research projects receive funding. Prospective applicants for scholarships must be registered for the degree that they seek funding for.

The Research Capacity Development Initiative (RCDI) of the SAMRC President intends to financially and in kind, capacitate previously research non-intensive universities in order for them to participate meaningfully in the national and international arena of scientific knowledge generation for the advancement of health. Read more about the programme.

On the 22nd November 2016, RCDI Principal Investigators networked with the SAMRC’s newly appointed Board at the Council’s Head Quarters in Cape Town.

BACK ROW: Division Manager: Dr Maitin; Prof Mathebula; Prof Mokwena; Dr Mabunda; Prof Mampuru; Dr Madliki; Dr Gumede
FRONT ROW: Prof Benjeddou; Dr Mavhandu; Prof Seekoe; Prof Nchabeleng; Administrator: Ms Joshua; Dr Mda; Dr Kappo; Director & Mentor to the PI’s: Prof Louw

SAMRC Research Strengthening and Capacity Development Funding Opportunity for selected South African Universities Call   Closed.
Contact Person: Philistia Joshua -; Tel: +27 21 938 0873
Mid-Career Scientist Programme Closed.
Contact Person: Philistia Joshua -; Tel: +27 21 938 0873

SAMRC Clinician Researcher Programme
PhD Scholarships in Clinical /Health Research

To be advised.
Contact Person: Thobile Mabuya -; Tel: +27 21 938 0432
SAMRC Career Development Award Closed.
Contact Person: Thobile Mabuya -; Tel: +27 21 938 0432

SAMRC Researcher Development Grant

Contact Person: Jorene Naidoo -; Tel: +27 21 938 0945

SAMRC Research Internship Scholarship Programme - Masters and PhD Scholarships

To be advised.
Contact Person: Jorene Naidoo -; Tel: +27 21 938 0945

National Health Scholarship Programme
Dear 2016 applicant for PhD (& Msc) FUNDING under the National Health Scholars Programme (NHSP)

This communication serves to confirm acknowledgement of a slight delay regarding the outcome to applicants who responded to the most recent NHSP call (in 2016) for scholarship funding.

Amongst other factors, the activity at SA universities during the latter part of 2016 involved some of the eminent persons who are part of the review process of the NHSP.

Nonetheless, the process has been accelerated by working throughout the December holiday season and we expect to inform all applicants of the outcome by end January 2017.

The SAMRC thanks the review team for the continued selfless giving of their time to conclude the process.

Our sincere apologies to applicants for the unavoidable delay which must be causing anxiety.

Contact Person: Pumla Zonke -; Tel: +27 21 938 0250
Dr T Maitin -

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13 January, 2017
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