MSc. Scholarships (Future Water Institute)

University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Dr Randall of UCT’s Future Water Institute has been awarded a prestigious FLAIR Fellowship for 2019/2020. As a result, he is seeking 3 new MSc. candidates to work on a project titled, “Re-thinking sanitation by upcycling urine for societal and economic benefit”. The research will be conducted in the Water Quality laboratory based in the Civil Engineering Department at UCT. One MSc. candidate for each of the following topics will be appointed:

  1. Design and testing of a fertilizer-producing urinal (mechanical/mechatronics),
  2. Investigate using evaporation techniques to concentrate urine (chemical/civil),
  3. Investigate methods to remove pharmaceuticals and sodium chloride from urine (chemical/civil).

Each MSc. scholarship is worth R120 000 per year (tax free) and students will be expected to complete their thesis topic within 18 months from registration. Preference will be given to high quality students who have experience in wastewater, sanitation, crystallization and precipitation or mechanical/electronics prototyping. Only full-time candidates with an engineering university undergraduate degree will be considered. Delayed starts (latest January 2020) will be considered for excellent undergraduate students.

Skills Required:

  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Good people skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Conditions of position: 

  • Preference will be given to South African citizens.
  • Applicants must have an engineering undergraduate degree.
  • No benefits or allowances are included in the fellowship, but it is tax exempt.
  • The successful applicant will be required to register as a MSc. candidate at the University of Cape Town.
  • The successful applicant will be required to comply with the university’s approved policies, procedures and practices for students.

Selection process:

  • Only eligible and complete applications will be considered by the selection committee.
  • Interviews will take place in May 2019 and successful candidates are expected to start as soon as possible thereafter.

Application requirements: 

Applicants should submit (i) a 1-page application letter that includes a short description of their expertise and research interests, and how these relate to the proposed research topic(s), (ii) a 3-page CV (iii) copies of the most recent academic transcripts and (iv) email addresses of at least two referees. Applications should be emailed to: before 17:00, 19 April 2019.