University of Pretoria, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

About the Scholarship Center

The University of Pretoria Scholarship Center program is housed in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at the Pretoria Oral and Dental Hospital, which is also an ITI Center of Excellence. ITI Scholars will have the opportunity to spend time in the clinics at the School of Dentistry as well as selected private clinics. The members of the ITI Scholarship Faculty at Pretoria include some of the most experienced implant surgeons and prosthodontists in South Africa, including academics and private specialists. The dental implant treatment philosophy followed is one of multidisciplinary care through close collaboration between the disciplines of periodontics, prosthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. There is close collaboration between the Dental Hospital and the private sector, which exposes Scholars to the best of both worlds.

Overview of clinical activities during the Scholarship year

The ITI Scholar will participate in the following clinical activities:

  • Treatment planning sessions
  • Observing clinical patient treatment
  • Assisting in patient treatment

The Scholar's time will be allocated to the activities below as follows (estimate):
40% patient care
60% research

ITI Scholars will participate in every phase of surgical and prosthodontic care from the initial consultation and treatment planning through post-restoration maintenance and care within the framework of multidisciplinary care. ITI Scholars will also be expected to be actively involved in all areas of care and ongoing research related to the field of implant dentistry. ITI Scholars will be expected to complete a clinical or laboratory-based research project during their time at the Scholarship Center. The University of Pretoria has particular expertise in the areas of applied anatomy and radiological imaging in implant dentistry and has one of the largest collections of fully documented human skulls for research purposes. ITI Scholars will also be expected to lecture to under- and postgraduate students in the field of implantology.

The ITI Scholar will interface with specialists from the School of Dentistry as well as private specialists and work closely together with postgraduate students and ITI Fellows in periodontics, prosthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery. This unique interdisciplinary experience will further enhance the ITI Scholar's skills.

Special requirements for this Scholarship Center

All ITI Scholars will be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in the Education category, which will allow them to work in the academic hospital. The right to provide the full range of supervised treatment and care to the patients, including surgical and prosthodontic care, is regulated by the HPCSA and will be supported by the department after evaluation of each candidate’s CV. Once accepted by the ITI with proof of funding, the successful ITI Scholar must apply for an appropriate visa for South Africa. For further information in regard to the visa application, please contact the University of Pretoria, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, directly (Prof. Andre van Zyl,

Depending on the individual candidate’s preference for surgery or prosthodontics, we will expect some experience and postgraduate training for the candidate to participate in clinical treatment of patients. Applicants must hold a TOEFL or IELTS certificate as proof of proficiency in English for non-native English speakers by the beginning of the ITI Scholarship program as this is a prerequisite for obtaining the limited license necessary to work with patients. The language certificate must be valid (no older than two years) at the time of application for the limited license. The ITI Scholar is responsible for organizing and providing the required language certificate.

Contact details 

University of Pretoria
Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine
Oral and Dental Hospital
Chairman: Prof. Andre van Zyl
31 Bophelo Rd
Rietfontein, Pretoria
South Africa

ITI International Team for Implantology
ITI Headquarters
Peter Merian-Strasse 88
4052 Basel

Phone +41 61 270 83 83
Fax +41 61 270 83 84

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