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Postgraduate Funding Opportunities

The following opportunities are currently open at our School

Sibanye-Stillwater DigiMine MSc Industrial Engineering BSc

We are looking for ONE suitable candidate to conduct an MSc research project on “Modelling and optimization of emergency evacuation routes in restricted-space scenarios for underground mining”.

The project involves (but is not limited to) the following objectives:

  • Numerical modelling in combination with Computational Fluid Dynamics for emergency evacuation routes in restricted space for underground mining under different gasses and fire scenarios.
  • Identification and spatial mapping of critical infrastructure in underground mining environment at pilot study site.
  • Optimization of emergency evacuation routes using advanced numerical models including network analysis topologies.

The bursary will be funded by Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine) as per the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) bursary policy. The bursary includes and is subjected to the following conditions:

  • MSc Tuition and Registration Fee for two years (as per Wits fee statement)
  • Living Stipend R10,000/month for the first 12 months and R7,500/month for the next maximum of six months (stipend will be processed on a quarterly basis and is subject to satisfactory performance and contribution in the laboratory)
  • Access to state-of-the-art software (if required)
  • Dedicated research desk with good computational facilities
  • Opportunities to attend the courses/seminars/conferences (subject to availability of funds and performance)
  • Student needs to be present and work from DigiMine all the time
  • Student and supervisor(s) need to adhere to the WMI research policy

Interested candidates, please forward the following items to, and

  • Personal CV
  • Undergraduate transcript and certificates (for current final year students, please provide your transcript to date)
  • Motivation Letter
  • 2 Letters of references/good conduct

The bursary is open to all, however, preference will be given to the SA citizens.


The South African Road Federation offers bursaries to suitably qualified individuals wishing to undertake further education or training in disciplines applicable to the road transport sector.

SARF Bursary - Grant application form 2021-2022


The following categories of study will be considered:


This includes: Traffic engineering, Transportation planning, Pavement engineering, Bridge engineering, Construction Materials, Storm water. Environment, Construction management


This includes: Traffic policing, Accident investigation                                                 


  • Bursaries are awarded for study at an approved South African university, University of Technology or equivalent. Bursaries are awarded to National Diploma students after having passed their first semester (S1) examination  and to the Degree students after having passed their first year examinations
  • Study at an advanced level is preferred, i.e. M.Sc., M. Tech. or above.  However applications at undergraduate level may be considered in special circumstances.
  • Full time study will be given preference but applications for part-time study or distance learning will also be considered.
  • All applications must be endorsed by the appropriate academic authority at the establishment where the applicant proposes to study.
  • The value of the bursary will depend upon the needs of the applicant and the decision of the Council of the Federation. However it is intended to supplement the student’s other finances and will not be sufficient to cover all expenses.  It will be paid directly to the academic institution concerned on the bursar’s behalf.
  • Applications must satisfy Council to an extent which is reasonable that they will be working within the ambit of the South African road transport industry on completion of their studies.
  • Everything being equal, preference will be given to employees of members of the South African Road Federation
  • South African residents will be given preference but individuals from SADC countries are invited to apply. 
  • Bursars will be expected to:
    • enroll as associate (i.e. individual) members of the SARF (approximate annual subscription : R730)
    • submit six-monthly reports of study progress
  • be prepared to make a presentation to his/her local branch of the Federation on the subject of his/her study on a mutually convenient occasion.


APPLICATIONS - close on 31 August of each year

Applications for the South African Road Federation Bursary should be made on the prescribed form available from:

                                    South African Road Federation

                                    48 Gladiator Street



                                    P O BOX 8379



                                    TEL :   (011)  394 9025/1459                                   

Further enquiries are welcome  please E-mail  :

Evaluation of a desktop SLA 3D printer for construction of a compliant PIV suitable flow models

When doing in-vitro experimental work on biofluids, we are required to fabricate a flow model (or flow phantom) which is a transparent internal flow channel that has complex surface features. Current method of constructing such a phantom is based around the investment casting technique. This project aims at evaluating the use of SLA 3D printing as a possible method of fabricating a flexible flow model.

See below for a video of such flow phantoms being used for dye flow visualization:

An opportunity exists to collaborate with Aston University in the UK for a Masters or PhD project in biomedical engineering.

Interested students should email with a recent academic transcript and CV and a short motivation (no more than 100 words).