Scholarship Category Opening date Closing date
Extension Support for Masters and Doctoral Studies 1 Apr 21 18 June 21
First‐time General Doctoral Scholarships 1 Apr 21 18 June 21
SARAO Doctoral Scholarships 1 Apr 21 17 July 21
First‐time General Masters Scholarships 1 Apr 21 18 June 21
SARAO Masters Scholarships 1 Apr 21 17 July 21
Honours Scholarships 1 Apr 21 12 Nov 21
SARAO Honours Scholarships 1 Apr 21 17 Jul 21
NRF‐Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships (Split‐site) 1 Apr 21 18 May 21

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2022 academic year. All continuing students who are eligible for a second or third year of funding must submit a Progress Report and not a new application.

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master’s and doctoral studies respectively, in the year of application, regardless of first year of registration. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South African citizens and Permanent Residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e., those whose combined household family income is less or equal to R350 000 per annum), living with a disability or exceptional academic achievers.

However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and Permanent Residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria. Scholarships are intended to support honours, master’s and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social Sciences, and Humanities.

The NRF has phased out the block grant nomination process as well as the grant-holder linked modalities of funding postgraduate students in 2020. All the postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System by accessing the link: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/. No manual applications will be accepted.

Students’ Applications Closing Date: Universities will set their own internal cut-off dates for students’ applications and the applicants must abide by those dates.

Honours Applications: 12 November 2021
First-time Master’s Applications: 18 June 2021
First-time Doctoral Applications: 18 June 2021
Master’s and Doctoral Extension Support Applications: 18 June 2021

Please refer to the application and funding guide and framework documents when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

For enquiries, applicants’ are encouraged to contact the Directorate of Research and Innovation.

Please contact Mr Stanley Leaganoshi Lesufi – Grants Administration Officer Telephone: 015 962 9043 Email Address: stanley.lesufi@univen.ac.za