Diploma in Engineering Technology
1.1. Universities of Technology are in the process of phasing out the National Diploma, and replacing it with
a Diploma in Engineering Technology (NQF Level 6).
2. Eligibility for a SARAO Diploma in Engineering Technology Scholarship
The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) will accept applications from:
2.1.South African citizens or permanent residents.
2.2.Students who wish to study, or are studying, one of the following diplomas:
2.2.1. Diploma in Engineering Technology: Electronics, or
2.2.2. Diploma in Engineering Technology: Mechanical Engineering
2.3.Students who have achieved a minimum of 60% in Mathematics and Physical Science in Grade 12, or a
minimum average of 60% for Diploma in Technology subjects.
3. Structure and Value of SARAO Diploma Scholarship for 2020
3.1.The duration of a SARAO diploma scholarship is:
3.1.1. Three years for a first year student
3.1.2. Two years for a second year student
3.1.3. One year for a third year student
3.2.The Diploma in Engineering Technology scholarship for 2020 is R109 000. However, this scholarship
value may be adjusted to take into account changes in university of technology fees and inflation.
4. Conditions of Award of a SARAO Diploma in Engineering Scholarship in 2020
4.1.Students are required to submit proof of registration at their university of technology, to SARAO. No
funds for a scholarship will be released until SARAO has received the proof of registration.
4.2.A scholarship from SARAO is renewable every six months, for the duration of the scholarship, at the sole
discretion of SARAO, and is subject to satisfactory academic performance by the student. Students must
achieve a minimum of 60% average in each semester. Students who do not obtain a minimum of 60%
average may not receive further funding from SARAO.
4.3.Students who do not obtain the diploma for which the scholarship was awarded, relinquish their
studies, or leave the tertiary institution during the period for which the scholarship was awarded, will
have to refund all payments of the scholarship already received.
4.4.Students are allowed to hold supplementary grants, during this scholarship, to a maximum of 50% of the
SARAO award, but he/she must inform the SARAO via his/her university of technology, of such awards.
4.5.If a student wishes to change his / her field of study, or the University of Technology, for which the
scholarship was offered, he / she must provide a motivation to SARAO for approval, prior to any
changes. SARAO is under no obligation to continue support if the changes do not align with the original
criteria on which the scholarship offers was made.
4.6.On completion of the studies supported by means of an SARAO scholarship, students are required to
submit a copy of their diploma to SARAO.
4.7.On completion of their diploma studies, students may be required to undergo an internship with
SARAO, for a period of one year, if an internship is offered to him/her.
4.8.On completion of their internship, students are required to accept employment with SARAO, for a
period of three years, if employment is offered to him/her. This condition may be waived for a student,
at the sole discretion of SARAO, and following the submission of a motivation from the student.
Apply online at https://skagrants.nrf.ac.za
Closing date for applications: 30 September 2019.