Soltrain Bursary Programme 2021- See Details

SOLTRAIN (Southern African Solar Thermal Training and Demonstration Initiative) is a regional programme funded by the Austrian Development Agency and OFID. They support countries changing from a fossil energy supply system to a sustainable supply structure based on renewable energy and solar thermal energy. SOLTRAIN aims to build up visibility, knowledge, and encourage students to work on solar thermal topics within SOLTRAIN-partnering countries. By the end of March 2017, the SOLTRAIN Bursary Fund programme had awarded its first bursary opportunities to the top postgraduate students within the partnering countries of Southern Africa.

Closing date of the bursary

The deadline for applications is 16 April 2021.

About This Bursary/Company

The SOLTRAIN Bursary Fund is one of the company’s projects to provide financial support to postgraduate students for masters theses or other postgraduate student theses who study similar topics of solar thermal energy. Students are to submit topics ranging from theoretical studies to working on real systems, and the building of prototypes. An appointed steering committee evaluates the student application by feasibility, the budget required, and terms of relevance.

What does this bursary cover?

The bursary amount covers only a maximum of 2,500 EUROS and funds may not exceed this amount. All financial documentation must be uploaded when applying for the SOLTRAIN Bursary. The bursary supports travel costs to visit other institutions in Southern Africa for further studies, experimental work, and conduct experiments to support research.

Who Can Apply?

Students based in any of the partnering SOLTRAIN countries may apply for the SOLTRAIN Bursary Fund.


To apply for the SOLTRAIN Bursary Fund, you need to meet the following requirements:


  • Citizen of Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe
  • Registered postgraduate student
  • Postgraduate students whose chosen field of study is in solar thermal energy
  • Postgraduate studies in the second half of 2021

How to Apply?

Applicants can only apply online and need to upload supporting documents in PDF format with descriptions for each document.

  • Proof of registration for the Academic year
  • A detailed academic transcript with all modules and final marks
  • A motivational letter from a supervisor
  • Compile a short online solar thermal topic
  • Other documentation that is relevant to the bursary application

Preference will be given to postgraduate students who submit the following topics for 2021:

  1. Potential analysis for solar thermal systems in the health sector
  2. Analysis of measurement data from selected systems from the SOLTRAIN project
  3. Any topics related to the use of solar thermal technologies for heating/drying/cooling in industrial applications
  4. Documentation and analysis of mass housing programmes with mandatory installation of solar water heaters (Namibia and South Africa only)

Click here for more information on the preferred topics and view student abstracts submitted and projects funded by SOLTRAIN in 2020.

Contact information

For more information on SOLTRAIN click here to find out all about the latest news, initiatives, and future projects based on renewable and solar thermal energy in Southern Africa.

Here you’ll find more Information pertaining to SOLTRAIN Country partners and contact details.

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