General information regarding student support
Although students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to find independent support for their living expenses, a number of student bursaries are available through the SARCHI grant awarded to Len Barbour. These will be awarded to outstanding candidates who do not have independent financial support. Note that it is difficult (but not impossible) to award a SARCHI bursary to a foreign student - this is because the SARCHI programme has a quota for the support of foreign students.

No student support currently available
All of Len Barbour's grantholder-linked bursaries have been assigned for 2019.

No postdoctoral vacancies at present
All of the current postdoctoral bursaries are allocated for 2019. 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 85,000


ZAR 115,000


ZAR 215,000

Freestanding bursaries
Prospective students and postdoctoral fellows should be aware that there are several possible sources of independent funding for their living expenses. Some of these sources even provide generous contributions towards conference attendance, and modest contributions towards research expenses.

Note: the academic calendar in the Southern Hemisphere is not the same as that for the Northern Hemisphere.
Please take note of the closing dates for applications, and feel free to contact Len Barbour for assistance.



Value p.a.

Application Deadline

NRF Free-Standing, Innovation and Scarce Skills Fellowships



expired for 2019

Harry Crossley

MSc and PhD

MSc ZAR 80k
PhD ZAR 90k

15 Oct

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