South African Research Chairs Initiative - Overview

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) programme is a national knowledge and human resource development intervention, led by the Department of Science and Technology and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF). The programme was established in 2006 to address the crisis of brain drain in South African universities which impacts directly on the quality and quantity of postgraduate student training and research outputs. While Chairs are strictly awarded to universities, partnerships may be formed with other research institutions.

The programme is currently comprised of two Initiatives, namely:

  • The South African Research Chairs Initiative; and
  • Research and Development Chairs.

 

Programme Statistics
Awarded Chairs statistics as at March 2013
Total number of Chairs awarded 157
Total number of Chairs Operating 93
Participating universities 21

                            Filled Research Chair Positions as at March 2013

 
Total number of filled Research Chair positions 121
Number of Tier 1 Chair holders 99
Number of Tier 2 Chair holders 22
Number of Chair holders recruited from South African universities 93
Total number of Chair holders recruited from industry and abroad 28
Number of female Chair holders 24
Number of male Chair holders 97
Number of black (African, Indian, Coloured) Chair holders 39
Number of white Chair holders 82