GreenMatter Scholarship for South Africans 2014

GreenMatter Fellowship for South Africans in Biodiversity and Responses to Climate Change, 2014

Each year, GreenMatter offers fellowship for South Africans. Under this fellowship programme two types of bursaries are awarded i.e. postgraduate bursaries available for master and doctoral study and professional development awards for priority skill professionals e.g. short courses or attending a conference. This fellowship is offered for up to a maximum of two years for master’s and three years for PhD. The theme for 2014 fellowship is Biodiversity and Responses to Climate Change. 4th August 2013 is the application deadline.

Study Subject(s): The theme for the Fellowship in 2013-2014 is Biodiversity and Responses to Climate Change, and the associated issues and risks around: Biodiversity and Water Security, Biodiversity and Food Security and Biodiversity and Social Change/Innovation.
Course Level: Postgraduate bursaries are awarded for pursuing master’s and doctoral study and Professional Development awards are available for priority skill professionals e.g. short courses or attending a conference.
Scholarship Provider: The three founding partners of the Fellowship are the Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust, the Lewis Foundation and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), three organisations that share the mission of contributing to the conservation of South Africa’s natural heritage. Other supporters of the Fellowship include the Harry Crossley Foundation, in partnership with the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, and the CATHS SETA, in partnership with Rhodes University. The Fellowship funds are administered by Nedbank Private Wealth.
Scholarship can be taken at: South Africa

Eligibility: Postgraduate Bursaries: To apply under this programme you must be:
-A citizen of South Africa
-Normally resident in South Africa
-In possession of a good first degree (minimum second class, upper division or equivalent) or about to graduate in the year of application
-Seeking funding for a full or part-time Masters or doctoral programme at a South African higher education institute
-Pursuing a field of study aligned to GreenMatter’s priority areas.
Professional Development Awards: To apply under this programme you must be:
-A citizen of South Africa
-Normally resident in South Africa
-Currently employed in a role aligned to GreenMatter’s priority areas.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students of South Africa can apply for this fellowship.

Scholarship Description: The GreenMatter Fellowship is designed to connect a community of outstanding Biodiversity champions and leaders, to support their professional development and positively profile their work and the Biodiversity sector. It affords participants the opportunity to fully engage in tackling biodiversity issues through their study and career paths, alongside peers who share in their commitment.

Duration of award(s): GreenMatter will provide funding for up to a maximum of two years for Masters and three years for PhD. Continued funding depends on satisfactory progress, assessed on the basis of academic reports submitted to Canon Collins Trust every semester.

What does it cover?
Postgraduate Bursaries: with a value of up to 50% of average costs, per academic year. Average costs are calculated in view of living expenses, study fees, research equipment, research costs and travel opportunities. In addition GreenMatter will provide mentorship, careers guidance and a platform for engaging in learning networks.
-Professional Development Awards: with a cash value of up to R30,000 towards a specific professional development opportunity and supported by exposure to cross-sectoral dialogues, networked mentoring opportunities and access to other leading thinkers and practitioners.

Selection Criteria: Your application will be assessed on the basis of the information given in the application form. Following criteria will be applied:
1. Relevance in terms of the focus theme, detailed above: All applicants need to articulate how their research field or study area relates to 2014 focus theme of Biodiversity and Responses to Climate Change. We favour applicants who can describe why their chosen institution and course choice fits with their ambitions to make a difference in the sector.
2. Relevance in terms of priority skills: Applicants are expected to demonstrate how their field of expertise and/or research topic aligns with the priority skills listed above. If you are applying for the Lapalala Wilderness Award, please also ensure you have explained how your proposed research fits with the specific focus area outlined above.
3. Leadership Competencies: Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how they have developed their leadership skills in the workplace, academia or in their personal life. Priority will be given to those who can describe an occasion/s in which they have used their skills to formulate a shared vision or strategy, build strategic relationships and networks, support peers and mentor others, and/or deliver results that have led to innovation and step changes. GreenMatter places a great deal of emphasis upon the leadership potential of individuals and may require awardees to contribute to the Fellowship by mentoring others or providing peer support.
4. Academic Record and References: Applicants should have a minimum of an upper second-class (merit) undergraduate or Honours degree and excellent references.

Notification: Trust will be interviewing shortlisted applicants by telephone in October. Trust will let you know the outcome of your application in November.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online. You will find full instructions online when you start a new form. It must be neat and easy to read. Please do not type in block capitals. You will receive a confirmation when you submit your form. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete and accurate before submitting your application online. If you require technical assistance regarding the form, you can find links to this on the online application form, for any other questions you can email The following supporting documents must be included and should be uploaded in the documentation section of the online form. Please make sure the documents are labelled accordingly.
• Reference letters form two referees
• Proof of South African citizenship
• Certified academic transcripts
• Certified degree certificate
• Thesis proposal if applicable
• Proof of registration if you are already studying the course for which you are seeking funding.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Applications close on 4th August 2013 for study commencing in 2014.