DSI-NRF CIMERA is a Centre of Excellence hosted by the University of Johannesburg and co-hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, in partnership with thirteen South African and one international university. It serves as a central hub for research and human resource development in mineral and energy resource analysis in Africa. South Africa hosts one of the most valuable mineral real estates in the world. The focus of DSI-NRF CIMERA is to perform high quality, world-leading, basic and applied research on the vast mineral and fossil fuel resources of, not only South Africa, but Africa as a whole, and to develop human capital. Read More


NRF Announcement
The NRF apologies for the delay in finalization of the 2022 bursary awards. Currently, the date for the announcement is not known. We advise students to keep checking your NRF online portal. Unfortunately, this process is beyond the control of the CoE’s.

DSI-NRF CIMERA Student Competition
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Agate Project Grant Scheme
The aim of the Agate Research Grant scheme is to provide partial support to students who wish to study a Masters degree or PhD in the Earth and Planetary Sciences. Click here

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