NRF Scarce Skills Development Fund Call for 2012


Dear Designated Authorities dealing with NRF Scholarships and Fellowships

The NRF is pleased to announce the call for applications for master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral scholarships and fellowships for the Scarce Skills Development Fund for 2012.  No 2013 applications will be considered for this call.

Potential applicants that are currently registered for a master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral degree/study in the following specific fields of study are encouraged to apply:

·         Management: Financial Management

The quest for success is on at the 10th annual Sasol Techno X

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From asteroid to hero - the makings of a scientist

A South African scholar who sighted a new asteroid has become something of a hero for young science boffins in the country. Ernie Halberg, a 12th grade student in South Africa, and member of The Astronomical Society of South Africa [ASSA] / Space School Africa, sighted a new asteroid known as 2010 DC2 for the first time earlier this year in February.


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