The objectives of Mintek postgraduate bursaries programme are to identify South African students already at university and universities, as candidates suitable for supporting in their further studies, and to recruit and award further bursaries to these applicants.
Furthermore, it seeks to maintain and develop expertise in minerals and metallurgical technology by funding relevant postgraduate research projects and encourage tertiary-level staff to conduct research in areas of importance to the local minerals and metallurgical industry. Annually Mintek awards approximately 45 postgraduate bursaries for research studies in relevant Master’s and doctoral disciplines. Currently, the postgraduate bursar pool comprises 77% black and 37% female.
Postgraduate bursaries are offered subject to Mintek’s ongoing research and development programmes. As such, successful applications are subject to approval by the relevant Mintek research manager, which may also entail negotiation between the student, the student’s supervisor at university, and the potential supervisor at Mintek concerning the research project. Foreign nationals residing in South Africa may, in exceptional circumstances, apply for a postgraduate bursary.