GreenMatter Fellowship Awards for African 2015 2016

GreenMatter Fellowship Awards in Biodiversity for South African 2015 2016 • GreenMatter is an initiative that drives transformation in graduate level skills for Biodiversity. Co-founding partners SANBI (the South African National Biodiversity Institute) and the Lewis Foundation led the development of a Biodiversity Human Capital Development Strategy (BHCDS) in 2009-2010.

In order to develop human resources, GreenMatter invites students of South African who want to take masters and doctoral study in biodiversity to apply for GreenMatter Fellowship Awards 2015. The fellowship can be taken at any tertiary institution in South Africa. GreenMatter will provide funding for up to a maximum of two years for Masters and three years for PhD. All eligible candidates will be also considered for these named awards: The Mapula Award, Crossley-UCT Award and Crossley-Stellenbosch Award.

Study in: South Africa
Host Institution: GreenMatter
Course Level: Postgraduate Course Starts: 2015

greenmatter fellowship awards in biodiversity for african students

GreenMatter Fellowship Awards in Biodiversity for South African 2015 2016

CLOSING DATE: 29 August 2014 (15:00 bst)

Field of Study(s):

GreenMatter has identified the following priority skills areas that they are targeting:

  • Agricultural extensionists with biodiversity specialism;
  • Bioinformatics: ICT specialists and technicians with biodiversity skills;Curators of biodiversity collections;
  • Ecologists: esp. in marine but also aquatic and terrestrial systems;
  • EIA practitioners;
  • Engineers (civil) with biodiversity specialism;
  • Geneticists: molecular biology with a specialisation in biodiversity conservation (as opposed to commercial applications);
  • GIS specialists and technicians;
  • Human Capital Development: High level biodiversity education and HCD specialists;
  • Lawyers with environmental specialism;
  • Monitoring specialists, species protection officers and inspectors;
  • Policy developers & analysts, urban & regional planners with biodiversity insight;
  • Protected area managers;
  • Resource economists with biodiversity related specialism;
  • Social scientists specialising in environment, indigenous biodiversity knowledge;
  • Social ecologists;
  • Soil scientists;
  • Statistical ecologists & modellers;
  • Taxonomists; and
  • Wildlife veterinarians.

Target Group:

GreenMatter fellowship awards are targeted to students of South Africa.
More international scholarships for African, see also Masters Scholarships in Canada at University of Laval.


To apply under this programme, applicants must be:

  • a citizen of South Africa;
  • seeking funding for a full or part-time Masters or doctoral programme at a South African higher education institute;
  • have a good first degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application;
  • able to motivate how your field of study aligns to the GreenMatter priority skill areas identified (described in Fields of studies above).

What does it cover:

  • A GreenMatter Fellowship Awards provides holistic support in the form of a cash contribution ( ZAR 40,000 per year for Masters and ZAR 90,000 per year for PhDs) towards:
    • costs of living,
    • study fees,
    • research equipment,
    • research costs,
    • travel opportunities and
    • mentorship costs, and
  • the opportunity to access mentoring support, career guidance and platforms to engage in learning networks – estimated value of ZAR 50,000 per year.

How to apply:

Candidates should submit their application online. Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the information given in the application form. The following criteria will apply:
1. Relevance in terms of priority skills
2. Leadership Competencies
3. Academic Record and References
4. Transformation and Access to Opportunity
5. Application form

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by telephone in October. The outcome of their application will be known in November.

Candidates must apply to their chosen universities separately and awards are conditional on the candidate being offered a place at the relevant university.

Source & further information on GreenMatter Fellowship Awards in Biodiversity for South African 2015 2016:

Official Announcement



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