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Bursaries and Fellowships

The DST/NRF South African Research Chair: Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development has the following bursaries and fellowships available for students and researchers on a full-time basis. Bursary holders and fellows constitute the Chair's research team and are expected to participate actively in the Chair’s work throughout the academic year.  This work will include participation in research skills and seminars on Intellectual Property Law, attending research group meetings, working research projects, editorial assignments, dissemination of research outputs and limited organisational tasks for Chair hosted events, conferences and seminars. 

Please note that bursaries are given primarily to South Africans from designated groups. All bursaries should be held as primary funding towards the degree. Bursaries cannot be held concurrently with any other NRF or South African Government funded bursary scheme. If a bursary applicant is not already registered for postgraduate study in the Faculty of Law, application for admission must be filed separately, in accordance with the instructions provided by the Faculty of Law for PhDs and Masters by Research candidates and for Masters by coursework and dissertation students

 

PhD  

Bursary holders’ research should be primarily in Intellectual Property Law and be aligned to the Chair’s research focus. The doctoral research must be completed under Professor Ncube's supervision or co-supervision. A bursary will be awarded for one year at a time and may be renewed for a maximum of three years, subject to satisfactory progress. The current value of the NRF PhD Bursary is R100 000.00. 

Masters

Bursary holders’ research should be primarily in Intellectual Property Law and be aligned to the Chair’s research focus. Masters’ bursary holders must be registered for the LLM/MPhil by research or by coursework and dissertation.  The dissertation must be completed under Professor Ncube's supervision or co-supervision. A bursary will be awarded for one year at a time  and may be renewed for a maximum of two years, subject to satisfactory progress. The current value of the NRF Masters bursary is R70 000.00. 

 

LLB student Research Assistantships

The research assistantships are for UCT LLB students in their final year of study who are taking an Intellectual Property law elective or writing a relevant independent research paper in Intellectual Property. The tenure of the assistantship is for one year and successful applicants will be awarded a research bursary of R40 000 which is paid into the research assistant’s student account, provided the NRF requirements are satisfied.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

From time to time, the Chair recruits a postdoctoral research fellow to pursue a clearly defined research project and to actively support the operation of the Chair. The fellow is given opportunities to develop his/her professional profile through teaching and/or postgraduate supervision experience. This is a full-time position, based in Cape Town, and fellows may not hold any other full-time or part-time job or undertake any other work for remuneration for the duration of the fellowship.

The tenure of the fellowship is for one year, with the possibly of renewal for a second year subject to satisfactory progress. The current value of the fellowship is R220,000. The fellowship does not include benefits or travel/relocation costs but the Chair will assist the fellow to seek funding for conference expenses, where required. 

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