General information regarding student support
The National Research Foundation recently changed its student support policy. Grantholder bursaries have been replaced by freestanding bursaries. Students now need to apply directly to the NRF for bursaries. Please see:

No postdoctoral vacancies at present
All of the current postdoctoral bursaries are allocated for 2021. If you wish to join the group as a postdoctoral fellow, and you have independent funding to support your living expenses, please contact Len Barbour. If you would like to apply for a freestanding bursary (see table at the bottom of this page) please contact Len Barbour, who will be happy to assist you with your application.

Note to foreign students/postdocs
If you have been living in Europe or the USA, the South African Rand amounts for living expenses (see below) may seem rather low. However, you should be aware that the cost of living in South Africa is much lower than what you may be used to. Moreover, students and postdocs in South Africa do not pay income tax. The student/postdoc stipends listed below are more than adequate to cover local living expenses.

Top-up funding
Students/postdocs in the Barbour Group are guaranteed to receive minimum living-expense allocations as shown in the table below. This means that if your bursary is lower than this amount, regardless of the source, then you will be provided with additional funds according to your academic level.


Minimum Allocation p.a. (2019)


ZAR 90,000


ZAR 125,000


ZAR 235,000

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