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Health Sciences Research Awards

Faculty Research Prize

The Faculty Research Prize recognises outstanding research in a given year and is presented annually at the Faculty’s Prize Giving Ceremony (usually held in March/April). A certificate and a cash award of R10 000 (allocated to research) are awarded based on research excellence in publication.

The Call for Applications for 2023 Faculty Research Prize is now open and will close on 9 February 2024.

The 2022 Faculty Research Prize was awarded to:

Recipient of Prize School/Department Title of Publication Journal
Dr Simone Richardson NICD/ Antibody Immunity Research Unit SARS-CoV-2 Omicron triggers cross-reactive neutralization and Fc effector functions in previously vaccinated, but not unvaccinated, individuals
Cell Host & Microbe

Most Prestigious Postgraduate Degree Awards   

Each year, the Faculty Research Office calls for the nomination of students who have excelled in their postgraduate studies. Awards are presented at the Faculty’s Annual Prize Giving Ceremony, which usually takes place in March. There are three categories of award:

  • Doctorate
  • Masters degrees by dissertation only
  • Masters degrees by coursework and research report, including MMed and MDent

In each category, the student judged to have completed a degree of particular excellence will receive a medal and certificate for the most prestigious degree in that category. If none of the submissions are judged to be of sufficient quality, no award will be made.

A Call for Applications for awards for Most Prestigious Postgraduate Degrees of 2023 is now open and will close on 16 February 2024

Recipients of the Most Prestigious Postgraduate Degrees Awards 2021:

PhD Award
Title Degree School Project Title
Dr Flavia Matovu  PhD Public Health Bone Mineral Density in a Cohort of Young Adult Women Using Depo-Provera and Tenofovir, Kampala, Uganda
Masters (100% research)
Title Degree School Project Title
Ms Kara de la Harpe MPharm Therapeutic Sciences A 3D monofilament biosuture for microvascular surgery applications
Masters (50% research)
Title Degree School Project Title
Ms Dorothy Tanaka Chisare MSc (Epidemiology) Public Health Organizational readiness for the implementation of a three-month short-course TB preventive therapy regimen (3HP) in four health care facilities in Zimbabwe in 2020
Title Degree School Project Title
Dr Sean Currin MMed Pathology The use of point of care testing for the diagnosis of chronic kidney disease


Research Awards Celebration

The Research Awards Celebration is held every year and it is aimed at recognizing those researchers in the Faculty of Health Sciences who have achieved exceptionally in different aspects related to research in a particular year. 

To view the winners for each year click on the year below:







A video clip of the FHS Research Awards 2020 (recognizing 2019 achievements), is available here