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Fellowships, scholarships & bursaries

For a comprehensive list of scholarships and bursaries, please contact the Postgraduate Scholarships Office direct at pgfunding@uct.ac.za.  The Coordinators of the various Research Programmes at the Institute can also be contacted for additional information. 

MSc Study opportunity:  Assessing the impacts of boat-based tourism on waterbirds at De Hoop Vlei

Applications are invited for the above study opportunity at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute, a world-renowned, national Centre of Excellence (CoE) in ornithological research with a strong emphasis on postgraduate studies.

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic student to undertake a study of the impacts of boat-based tourism on waterbirds. The study will take place on De Hoop Vlei, a RAMSAR wetland in the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Comparative data will be collected from other wetlands in the Western Cape. Fieldwork will commence in 2015 and last approximately 15 months, with accommodation available within De Hoop Reserve.

Funding is secured for an annual R90 000 bursary for two years and adequate project running costs


      A strong BSc Honours degree

      An interest in environmental impacts

      A desire to spend time in the field

      Drivers licence

      Ability to swim


      Ability to identify waterbirds

      Experience with canoes and small boats

Further details of the project are available on request. Please send a letter of motivation and a CV, including contact details for at least three referees, to Prof. Peter Ryan (pryan31@gmail.com).  For enquiries, call +27 21 650-3290/1.

Closing date: January 15, 2015

Funding for publication and for rated researchers

There are avenues via which postgraduate students can obtain funding for publishing the results of their research. Please contact the Director of the Institute to find out more.

Other funding opportunities are through the University Research Committee (various deadlines) and through NRF Scholarships and Fellowships.

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