Funding Opportunities

DSI-NRF CIMERA receives funding through the National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence (CoE) funding mechanism.

Funding is awarded to postgraduate students (MSc, PhD, and post-doctoral research fellows) in terms of bursaries as well as running costs to support the projects.

Students who would like to apply for DSI-NRF CIMERA funding can only do so through a postgraduate supervisor working in the field of economic geology.

Students should consult academic staff at one of the DSI-NRF CIMERA affiliated universities.

There is an annual call for project proposals. Please keep an eye on the website, or contact Segopotso Mashego for further information and application dates.

DSI-NRF CIMERA would welcome opportunities to discuss with industry, parastatals, or international organisations opportunities for additional funding support. Please contact the CoE Director Prof Nikki Wagner (

Postdoctoral additional funding

For detailed info, go to:

Freestanding Innovation and Scarce Skills Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023 Funding Framework

Submit your applications at

For any other enquiries please e mail Ms Edith Shikumo at