Scholarship Opportunity at UCT (Deadline Soon!)

John J. Gurney Postgraduate Research Scholarship at UCT

A competitively awarded scholarship, in honour of the late Prof. John J. Gurney, is being offered, to start in 2021, to support postgraduate study on any aspect of the geology of kimberlites, diamonds or the deep lithosphere (mantle and/or lower crust) at the University of Cape Town. The scholarship provides R150 000 per year to cover living expenses and tuition fees, plus an additional R50 000 per year toward research-related expenses. Applicants of any nationality are eligible. Candidates must provide: (1) a short CV listing the applicant’s educational and relevant professional background and list of publications (if any), (2) transcripts of undergraduate and any postgraduate coursework/degrees, (3) names and contact details of two appropriate referees familiar with the applicant’s work and ability, and (4) a short proposal (two pages maximum) outlining the candidate’s chosen research problem, the approach s/he intends to use to address it, and the names of the supervisor(s) with whom s/he intends to work. The terms of the scholarship are two years for the MSc and three years for the PhD.  The application deadline is November 30, 2020.

The recipient’s main supervisor must be a UCT academic staff member, but co-supervision by academic or industry scientists from other institutions is possible, as are joint degrees with other academic institutions. Applicants will be ranked on the basis of academic excellence, the strength of recommendation letters and the feasibility and quality of the research proposal.

The University of Cape Town has a world-famous collection of upper mantle research specimens, as well as a wide range of analytical instrumentation. Academic staff members in Geological Sciences cover a wide range of relevant fields, please see  It is recommended that, prior to applying, prospective applicants contact the UCT academic staff member(s) with whom they would be interested in working. Please send application materials as a single PDF document to Prof. Phil Janney (

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