Parliamentary Question:Dst: What steps she has taken to incentivise doctoral graduates in the science

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QUESTION NO 257
 Ms M R Shinn (DA) to ask Minister of Science and Technology:

What steps she has taken to incentivise doctoral graduates in the science?

REPLY
(1)The Department of Science and Technology has increased the number of students and the value of bursaries and fellowships for students pursuing doctoral studies over the years. Currently, the Department supports 2% of enrolled honours students, 6% of enrolled masters and 15% of enrolled doctoral students. The total investment towards the production of doctoral graduates had increased in the period 2005 to 2008:

Table1: PhD Bursary Investments 2005 to 2008

Year

Number of PhD bursaries

Average bursary per student (R)

2005

1 317

R35,700

2006

1 419

R37,400

2007

1 407

R39,500

2008

1 407

R47,700

 



(2)The average NRF PhD bursary values have increased approximately by 33%, from a R35,700 in 2005 to R47,700 in 2008. This is aimed at enhancing the attraction and throughput of PhD students.
(3)In addition, my Department has reprioritised its budget allocation to increase investment in human capital development.
4.at the end of 2009/10 financial year, an additional allocation of R52,5million was provided to the National Research Foundation (NRF). This resulted in the increase of bursary values for honours, masters and doctoral students from R15,000 to R20,000; R30,000 to 40,000 and R45,000 to R60,000 respectively.
5.R11.2 million to expand the post-doctoral fellowships programme thus increasing the supervisory and research capacity at universities and science councils and in particular providing greater opportunities for doctoral graduates to their pursue research careers;
(6)My Department intends to continue investment in human capital development based on available resources.