Early-career Conference Support


Doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows can apply to the PARSA Council for financial support towards an international conference (such as ICOPA, WAAVP, etc.). This support offers early-career researchers the opportunity to attend an international conference, to showcase their research, gain experience in presenting a paper to an international audience, as well as interact and network with international researchers in their field.

The following individuals have been awarded this prestigious award:



2020:     Not awarded

2019:     Edward Netherlands (NWU)




Only doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows will qualify. As the amount available will not cover the total costs of the conference abroad, it is imperative that applicants should seek other sources of funding.

Conditions of the award:

  1. One award, of R10,000, is available for each category (PhD and postdoc), i.e. R20,000 per year.

  2. The applicant must be a PARSA member.

  3. A motivation must accompany the application and incomplete applications will not be considered (please complete the motivation form below).

  4. The evaluation committee reserves the right not to award the scholarships if, in their opinion, the applications do not warrant it.

  5. Payment will only be made when the proof of payment for the conference registration is provided.

  6. The recipients of these awards will be required to submit a written report (with four to five conference photos) within two months after their return from travel, which will be published in the next PARSA newsletter.

  7. An applicant will be awarded only one travel award within any two-year period.

  8. This award cannot be used to attend PARSA and PARSA-related conferences (such as ICPOW).

  9. Although not the only requirement, priority will be given to applicants who have never attended an international conference.


Required documentation:

  1. Completed motivation form (see attachment)

  2. A curriculum vitae.

  3. A certified academic record, including undergraduate studies.

  4. Record of conferences attended during the last three years, and a list of previous international conferences that were attended.

  5. Conference call of the international conference, including related costs.

  6. Letter of support from academic supervisor.

  7. Proof of additional funding or at least a list of potential funding sources that will be contacted.



Applications should be addressed to:


Prof Kgomotso P. Sibeko-Matjila

Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases

University of Pretoria

Private Bag X04



South Africa


Tel: +27 (0)12 529 8402

E-mail: kgomotso.sibeko@up.ac.za 


The decision of the council is final, and no correspondence concerning the decision will be entered into.


The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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