The Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa (GIGSA)—a chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society—has a strong history of supporting educational endeavors. The chapter’s support comes in the way of technical lectures, publications, event participation, and a regular GIGSA Bursary.
The next deadline for applications for the GIGSA Bursary is 1 November 2017.
GIGSA Bursary - Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa
Geosynthetica encourages its readers to share this opportunity with Masters and PhD-level students conducting research in South Africa or your colleagues in South Africa who may know suitable candidates and institutions.


The GIGSA Bursary supports applicants financially in South African Rand (ZAR). Funds may be allocated to an applicant on a year to year basis, for a maximum period of three (3) years consecutively. The available bursary funds will be announced annually in February. Funds may be used for tuition fees, travel, conferences, labour, consumables and specialist equipment relevant to the research topic.
Approval of applications and allocation of funds will be at the sole discretion of the GIGSA Committee. Funding may not meet the applicant’s full funding requirements. Funding of existing GIGSA bursary students may take preference over new applicants, depending on the existing students’ progress.
Funds will be allocated quarterly in advance based on a quarterly forecast and detailed reconciliation including proof of expenditure. GIGSA reserves the right to terminate funding subject to progress compared to the project schedule and milestones.
Funds will preferably be transferred to a University account or will be paid against invoices signed by the University Supervisor.


Full details on the GIGSA Bursary are available here in the official notice (PDF). Inquiries and applications should be sent by email to and copied to by the end of business on the 1 November 2017.
Applications should comprise the following documentation:

  • Letter of application
  • Topic of the research
  • Scope of the research
  • Letter of motivation by the proposed University Supervisor
  • Overall budget forecast
  • Proof of registration
  • Project schedule and clear milestones
  • Copy of ID or Passport
  • Proof of residence
  • Details of any other funding received or allocated to the student.

IAGI / GIGSA Lecture on Geomembrane Installations
The Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa ( has dedicated more than two decades to promoting and enhancing the field of geosynthetics. Visit the website for information on its membership, the GIGSA Bursary, events, and more.