The Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF) is an organisation that operates as an incorporated association with a focus on promoting research in virology to improve the health of the nation. It's managed by an honorary Board of Trustees, which includes members from both the business and industrial sector and senior virologists. Additionally, the Foundation has a Scientific Advisory Panel consisting of heads of departments of virology from various universities and institutions across the country.
The PRF is committed to advancing the field of virology, which is a significant cause of disease in the country, by supporting virological research and aiding in the development of capacity in this area of expertise.
BSc (Hons) – Applicants that have obtained a minimum pass of 60%
Masters – Applicants that have obtained a minimum pass of 60%
Please be aware that the maximum duration of support for Masters bursaries is two years, and for PhD bursaries, it's three years, except for exceptional circumstances.
Requirements and eligibility
Generally, only South African citizens or those with permanent residency permits for South Africa are considered for bursaries, although a limited number may be awarded to non-South African applicants.
It's important to note that the PRF does not support applications from full-time employees who receive a salary. Once a bursary has been awarded, the scholarship holder cannot switch their research project without the PRF's approval. Both new applications and renewal applications must be fully completed and include all required documents, including the supervisor's written support.
How to apply
To apply for the Poliomyelitis Research Foundation (PRF) Bursary, simply click on the respective application form below, fill in your details along with the supporting documentation and submit your application: