PRF Bursary

By Mihlali G · Feb 1, 2024
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The Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF) is inviting postgraduate students to apply for their bursary programme for the 2024 academic year. Interested applicants have until the 28th of February 2024 to submit their online applications.



About the PRF Bursary

The Poliomyelitis Research Foundation bursaries are essential for advancing virology research and producing qualified virologists, which eventually benefits the public health and welfare of the country. The bursary provides financial support to students studying virology for their BSc (Hons), Masters and PhD degrees, this contributes to addressing South Africa's possible virologist shortage.

The bursary seeks to promote sustained progress in the study and management of viral diseases by supporting the upcoming generation of virology researchers. The bursary's primary objective is to support virology-related research, which is concerned with viruses and the diseases they might cause. The money contributes to the advancement of scientific knowledge and comprehension of the many viral infections that are common in South Africa.



The bursary programme is open to students who are pursuing or want to pursue a postgraduate qualification in the following fields:

  • Virology



To qualify for the PRF Bursary you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a South African citizen/Permanent Resident 
  • Must have achieved a minimum of 60% in your recent studies. If applying for Hons you must have achieved a minimum average of 60% in your undergraduate studies, if applying for Masters you must have achieved a minimum of 60% in your Honours studies etc. 
  • Must be registered for a postgraduate degree in the above listed fields (BscHons, Masters or PhD)



  • CV, including publications
  • Academic Record
  • Proof of Degree Registration
  • Completed Grants Application Signatory Form. 
  • Masters applicants: Proof of BScHons completion
  • PhD applicants: Proof of MSc completion


How to apply for the PRF Bursary - 2024

Applications for the PRF bursaries can be submitted online.

BSc Hons Applications : 

Visit the PRF BSc Hons Application Portal HERE

MSc Applications:

Visit the PRF MSc Application Portal HERE (new application)

PhD Applications: 

Visit the PRF PhD Application Portal HERE (new application)

For bursary renewals:

MSc Renewal

PhD Renewal



The closing date for the PRF Bursary is on the 28th of February 2024. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. For more information visit the PRF website. PRF reserves the right to reject incomplete, inappropriate or inadequate proposals/applications.



For any queries contact PRF:

Email: [email protected] 


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