Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC)

Building on the successes of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), the South African NMO and Government (Department of Science and Technology) have decided to evolve and expand its activities to develop capacity for systems analysis in South Africa and the wider region by launching the new Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC).




Building on the successes of the SA-YSSP, the DST and NRF took a strategic decision to continue investing in and expanding activities around systems analysis under the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC) initiative. In 2015, a consortium of four universities, namely the University of the Western Cape, the Universities’ of Limpopo and the Witwatersrand, and Stellenbosch University was competitively selected to host SASAC during 2016 and 2018. The SASAC model takes cognisance of a wider framework of engagement, additional and multi-level systems analysis capacity interventions, and a comprehensive approach to policy-related activities in South- and Southern Africa.

Call for Doctoral Scholarships for Research using a Systems Analysis Methodology 

In collaboration with IIASA, the NRF is pleased to announce the second call for a three-year Doctoral bursary in any field, but with a Systems Analysis methodology and approach being applied to the research topic.

  • The aim of the SASAC PhD programme is to provide an opportunity for excellent young doctoral students to advance their research under the direct supervision of senior scientists from South African research institutions and IIASA, and at the same time contribute to IIASA’s on-going scientific agenda and to the DST’s strategic research agenda as documented in the ‘Grand Challenges’.
  • This Call for Doctoral Bursaries is aimed at NEW doctoral students from South Africa and Africa who plan to pursue Doctoral studies at any public university in South Africa in 2017. The call allows for applicants to register at any university in South Africa, in collaboration with their supervisor.
  • The application period runs from 15 September to 14 October 2016. 

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The SASAC initiative is focused in the following areas:

  • A dedicated bursary programme for South African PhD students based at South African
    universities to complete their studies with a supervisor experienced in systems analysis. 
  •  A two-month Systems Analysis Capacity Development Programme for these early stage PhD students hosted at the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University;
  •  An Early Postgraduate Education Programme aimed at developing a systems analysis component or module into selected Honour’s-level programmes at selected institutions in South Africa
  •  A high-level capacity strengthening programme for emerging researchers;

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Last edited: 30 November 2016


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