Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF): Bursaries 2022

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Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF): Bursaries 2022

Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF) invites qualifying student to apply for Bursary Programme 2022 academic year.

Bursary Application Closing Date : 15 September 2021

The Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF) was founded in the late 1940’s, as a non-governmental organisation to conduct research into the poliomyelitis (polio) disease. The incorporated association is committed to supporting research initiatives aimed at developing Medical Virology within South Africa.

The Foundation is governed by senior virologists, members of the industrial sector, members of the business sector and Scientific Advisory Panel from university virology heads of departments across South Africa.

Each year the PRF provide funding for deserving students, in the form of bursaries, research grants, travel grants and fellowships. From the years 1977 to 2016, the Foundation has granted over R144 million in research funds, of which over R44 million has been for bursary grants.

The Poliomyelitis Research Foundation are inviting students pursuing Postgraduate qualifications (BScHons, MSc or PhD), in ANY field of study, to apply for the bursary award for the 2022 academic year.

Bursaries will be awarded to deserving students, as well as current bursary recipients who require further funding.

The duration of the bursary award will depend on the level of the qualification being pursued: Masters students will receive up to 2 years of bursary support and PhD students will receive up to 3 years of bursary support (unless an exceptional circumstance).


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):


  • You must be a South African citizen OR a South African permanent resident
  • You must be studying towards one of the aforementioned postgraduate qualifications
  • You must NOT be employed full-time
  • You must have achieved a minimum overall average of 60%
  • BScHons students: preference will be given to previously disadvantaged students

How to apply

Download and complete the relevant PRF application form:

PhD Bursary Application Form
PhD Bursary Renewal Application Form
MSc Bursary Application Form
MSc Bursary Renewal Application Form
BScHons Bursary Application Form

You may be requested to submit certain supporting documentation along with your completed application form (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application may be disqualified):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Proof of permanent residency if not a South African citizen (certified copy)
  • Full tertiary academic record, including latest exam results (on institutes letterhead)
  • CV, including publications (maximum 2 pages)
  • Full scope of your proposed research project

Applications must be submitted electronically via email to: [email protected]
(Insert the words “PRF Bursary Application” in the email subject line).

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