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SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIPS

SAWISE The Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering (SAWISE) is a dynamic association for all those who support the idea of strengthening the role of women in science and engineering in South Africa.

SAWISE aims to strengthen this role by inter alia:

  • raising the profile of women scientists and engineers

  • highlighting and addressing problems faced specifically by women in these fields

  • lobbying for the advancement of women in science and engineering

  • providing leadership and role models for young people wishing to enter the fields of science and engineering


An important function of SAWISE is to improve communication among women scientists and engineers, with e-mail being the preferred medium of communication. Members are encouraged to send ideas and information to SAWISE. SAWISE also maintains contact with other assocations of women in science and engineering world-wide.

Two SAWISE scholarships are available:
Please note that these are ONLY for females and ONLY for 4th year [e.g. BSc (Honours) or equivalent] of study at tertiary level.
1. SAWISE Angus Scholarship (Download scholarship information in .pdf format).
2. SAWISE Hope Scholarship (Download scholarship information in .pdf format).

Eligibility criteria include for SAWISE Angus Scholarship include:
i. A sub-Saharan black female.
ii. Must have achieved 70% or above grade average in her subject of study.
iii. Only for studies at Honours level (or 4th year equivalent e.g. in engineering).
iv. In any field of science and engineering.

Eligibility criteria for SAWISE Hope Scholarship include:
i. A South African female student.
ii. Must have achieved an academic average of over 65%.
iii. Only for studies at Honours level (or 4th year equivalent e.g. in engineering).
iv. In any field of science and engineering. Medical fields are also included.
v. Candidates must exhibit outstanding personal qualities and a strong desire to make a contribution to their respective fields and to society at large.
vi. Must be studying at one of following institutions: University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch, University of the Witwatersrand, and University of the Western Cape.
Click here to find out more about how you can help fund the SAWISE Hope Scholarship

Applications for these scholarships must include hard copies of the following:
1. Curriculum vitae.
2. An official academic transcript (record).
3. A letter of motivation (~350 words).
4. A certified copy of your ID.
5. For the Angus Scholarship, a completed application form (complete & print out)

Please note – only hard copies of the documents will be accepted and these should be mailed to: P.O. Box 34085, Rhodes Gift, Cape Town, 7707 to arrive before 30 November.

For enquiries email: sawise.scholarships@gmail.com or visit the website SAWISE

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