Graduate Student Opportunities with me

If you are interesting in doing a PhD with me you need a relevant Masters degree, the background to do one of my projects, and the ability to write a coherent proposal that demonstrates your own knowledge and ability to synthesise material.

Your first step

Study the departmental web page for details on how to apply. As part of the requirements, you need to write an expression of interest, that I would like to see in the form of a short proposal showing you know how to frame a research question and cite literature.

If you submit an proposal that’s a copy and paste job, I will not consider you for PhD study.

Masters entry requirements are highly variable; the main requirement is an Honours or equivalent 4 years of study. If you are interested in Bioinformatics, I strongly recommend you consider the coursework Masters programme on offer at Rhodes. Your options are:


I sometimes have funding from the National Research Foundation for some students. The NRF generally only funds South African students. If you have a strong track record it is possible they will make an exception, and there are other funds that may be possible to access. I strongly encourage you to apply for your own funding as NRF grantholder student support is inadequate.

Please check the Rhodes financial aid pages for more options. Apply early – many options have closing dates long before the February start of academic year.