Facilitator: Dr Layla Cassim is a pharmacist and holds a PhD (Pharmacology) (Rhodes) as well as an MBA (cum laude) (UNISA) and a Diploma in Dementia Awareness (cum laude) (Centre of Excellence, UK). She is the owner and managing member of Layla Cassim ERS Consultants CC, which specialises in providing support to postgraduate students and researchers. Dr Cassim has been a reviewer for Thuthuka and will share insights into key considerations and criteria that reviewers have when evaluating funding applications. She was also the lead author on the Grant application writing module for the Association of Commonwealth Universities in its STARs programme. She has produced the Postgraduate Toolkit, now in its 4th edition. All workshop delegates receive free online access to this 4th edition of the Toolkit.

Background: This practical three-day workshop focuses on how to apply for funding for a research project. In particular, we look at the National Research Foundation’s Thuthuka application form and go through this in detail.


Key focus areas include the following:

  • A quick recap of the research proposal and fundamentals of research design and methodology, as this provides the scientific/ academic content of the funding application
  • Eligibility criteria and requirements that funders have;
  • The review process at the funder, including weaknesses in this;
  • The structure of the Thuthuka application form;
  • Developing a detailed and credible budget, with each line item justified;
  • Specific areas that funders are going to be highlighting;
  • Developing a sound project management plan to guide the successful execution of the research project.

Requirements: All participants are required to bring along their draft funding application and budget.


This workshop is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) through the University Capacity Development Grant (UCDG)


Workshop Information

5 - 7 April 2022 (Postponed from the 22 - 24 February 2022)


Online via Zoom (Combination of live sessions & individual writing time)

Registration for this workshop has closed.


Enquiries: Jadine Januarie