RETECZA PhD Fellowships in engineering for South Africans at a prestigious engineering university in the United States of America

27 May 2009

The Department of Science and Technology is offering fully-funded PhD Fellowships for South Africans to pursue their degrees at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America (USA) for August 2009 enrolment in the context of the RETECZA initiative.

The fellowships include research expenses, monthly stipends, airfares, and three-month internships in South Africa during the Georgia Tech summer break. Students will conduct research which supplements the RETECZA goal of developing resource-driven technology concepts from basic research.

They will participate in helping to empower South Africa by addressing the problems of poverty and diminished livelihood via technology solutions in the background of an interactive academia-industry innovation, education, and training environment.

Applicants interested in the following engineering fields are encouraged: Civil and Environmental Engineering (e.g. alternate-cement, asphalt-replacement, housing, telematics, aging infrastructure, protective installations, hydrogen stations, hazards, sanitation, wastewater, water resources, landfill mining, coal combustion products, ultra-deep mining), Architecture (e.g. green building design, living machines), Materials Science (e.g. next generation materials, ultralight systems, sandwich construction), Mechanical Engineering (e.g. fuel cells, biochemical engines, vehicle bodies and design, manufacturing, pressure vessels), Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (e.g. hydrogen storage, surface/coating technology, pollution engineering), Industrial and Systems Engineering (e.g. microfinance, industrial design, operations research), Electrical and Computer Engineering (e.g. solar/fuel/bio cells, cognitive robotics, power).

Georgia Tech's College of Engineering is ranked fourth in the USA and has a proven record of producing some of the world's top engineers who have gone on to occupy leading roles in corporations, academia, and governments worldwide.

Prospective students should provide: 1) academic degrees and transcripts, 2) evidence of graduation in the upper 10% of their class, 3) statement of purpose, 4) CV showing any relevant work experience, and 5) at least three letters of recommendation preferably from faculty members. GRE scores are mandatory and should be included in the applications if available.

Enquiries should be sent to:
Dr Karin Dyason
Tel: 012 382 5155
E-mail: dyasonk@tut.ac.za

Professor Mulalo Doyoyo
E-mail: doyoyo@ce.gatech.edu

Issued by: Department of Science and Technology
27 May 2009
Source: Department of Science and Technology (http://www.dst.gov.za)