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Poliomyelitis Research Foundation Bursaries 2022

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Poliomyelitis Research Foundation Bursaries

Poliomyelitis Research Foundation Bursaries 2022

The Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF) is a non-profit organization administered by a Board of Trustees and a Scientific Advisory Panel. It was founded in the late 1940s. The Foundation is dedicated to advancing the field of virology through research and development.

PRF has distributed over R 144,000,0000 in research funds for large impact initiatives, research, travel, bursary programs, post-doctoral fellowships, James Gear International Fellowships, and other research projects such as the PRF training center and conference.

Poliomyelitis Research Foundation Bursaries 2022

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The PRF awards bursaries to students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Scholarships are typically offered only to South African nationals, with a small percentage of non-South African candidates receiving bursaries.

Applicants who are full-time employees or who receive a salary are not eligible for the PRF bursary.

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Once the bursary has been awarded, the research project cannot be changed without the permission of the PRF. Priority will be given to applicants from historically underserved communities.

The following research project criteria are used to evaluate applications:

  • The project should have emphasis on laboratory or epidemiological virus research rather than on clinical research of virus diseases.
  • The project should be relevant to human viral diseases in South Africa and should have a potential impact on health in South Africa.
  • Project innovation and clarity of the research hypothesis
  • Track record and contribution of the applicant in the project
  • Resources available for the Project
  • Achievability of the project
  • Budget requirements as well as other funding resources available
  • Realistic disease interventions which could affect the reduction of illness

Grants may be renewed every three years by submitting an application to the PRF with details of project outcomes and papers published and presented at conferences for the second and third academic years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum 60% average
  • Disadvantaged applicants are preferred
  • South African citizens individuals with permanent resident status are preferred

How to Apply 

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Download and complete the appropriate PRF Bursary from:

For New Application:

For Renew Application:

It is necessary to type application forms. Applications that are written by hand will be disqualified.

Send the completed application form, as well as copies of all supporting papers,

Supporting documents to attach along with your completed application form:

For the new applicant:

  • A certified copy of your ID document
  • A certified copy of your proof of permanent residency if not a South African citizen
  • Full tertiary academic record, including most recent results on the institute’s letterhead
  • Curriculum Vitae, including publications (maximum 2 pages)
  • The full scope of your proposed research project
  • Literature review
  • Supervisor’s written support

For renewal applicant (current bursary recipients):

  • Most recent academic record on the institute’s letterhead
  • Supervisor’s written support

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Closing Date

28 February, 15 September each year.

Contact Details

The Chairperson
Scientific Advisory Panel of the PRF
Address: 1 Modderfontein Road Sandringham Johannesburg
Post: C/O the National Institute for Communicable Diseases Private Bag X4 Sandringham 2131
Telephone: +27 11 555-0395
Fax: +27 86 758 3326

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