ACEP Bursaries South Africa 2019 – 2020

About ACEP

African Coelacanth Ecosystem Programme (ACEP) was founded in 2000, when a living population of coelacanths was found off Sodwana Bay. ACEP, as initiated by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), is now a multi-disciplinary east coast research programme. It is primarily funded by the DST and uses research equipment and platforms from numerous research agencies. ACEP is managed by the National Research Foundation through NRF-SAIAB, which is one of its National Facilities.

ACEP strives to ensure sustainable development that benefits South African citizens through in-depth knowledge of the country’s east coast marine and coastal environment and its resources.

ACEP Bursaries

ACEP offers the following bursaries:

    1. ACEP Canyon Connections MSc Project

ACEP’s Canyon Connections project, in partnership with the WILDOCEANS Ocean Stewards Initiative is offering a Masters level bursary for two years. The project is looking for quantitative, self-motivated  and dedicated learners with a strong background in Physical Oceanography to utilize the oceanographic data collected through this project. Applicants should also be able to apply physical oceanographic information to back up the marine biodiversity and ecological results of the Canyon Connections project.

Recipients of this bursary will have a potential opportunity on the Angra Pequena research yacht in May of 2018 and 2019 which involves deployment of deep moorings to collect oceanographic and temperature data. This is subject to space availability.

The bursary value is R 80 000 a year from the NRF and additional R 10 000 topup from Wildlands, both for 2 years.

    1. Phd Position To Study Marine Fish Ecophysiology

ACEP is seeking a highly-motivated South African applicant to apply for the programme’s multidisciplinary South African Linefish Physiology Assessment (SALPA) project team. The project aims to understand the results of exploitation on the physiology of resident coastal fishes. This will include full-time study for three years, funded by an NRF PhD bursary with a value of R120 000 per year. The successful applicant will be based in Grahamstown at Rhodes University (RU).

Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

ACEP Canyon Connections MSc Project

Phd Position To Study Marine Fish Ecophysiology

How to Apply and Application Details

ACEP Canyon Connections MSc Project

Submit the following to apply for the project:

Only applications submitted via electronic method will be accepted.

Send your applications to

Phd Position To Study Marine Fish Ecophysiology

Please contact Warren Potts at or Nicola James at, for more information about the project.

Send the following documents to apply:

Opening & Closing Date

 ACEP Canyon Connections MSc Project: 27 February 


 Phd Position To Study Marine Fish Ecophysiology: 15th March 


Contact Details

ACEP Canyon Connections MSc Project

Phd Position To Study Marine Fish Ecophysiology

Warren Potts:

Nicola James: