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NRF Masters and Doctoral Funding Application Workshop 09 March 2020

NRF Process of Application
A Presentation by Professor Clinton Aigbavboa on Research Problem Statement


​An overview of the Postgraduate Schools involvement in the NRF Application Process
​Honours Funding Workshop 2019


Postgraduate Funding Opportunities 

NRF Funding Opportunities

Together with the Faculties, Student Finance, and the Finance Business Partners, The Postgraduate Funding Support (PFS) section of the Postgraduate Centre (PGC) provides much-needed support to the University of Johannesburg’s, Honours, Masters, and Doctoral Students as well as UJ Postdoctoral Fellows.

PFS is responsible for the communicating to Postdoctoral Fellows and Postgraduate Students the various postgraduate funding options made available to postgraduate students at UJ.

We report back to the MEC, DHET, URC UJ-CSIR, UK Commonwealth, NRF, PPS and other External Funders on the funding spent on a regular basis as well as have regular meetings with the faculties and representatives on the current processes regarding the Supervisor Linked Bursaries, UJ Honours and the URC funding to ensure that we constantly deliver on our goal of Service of Excellence.

The Postgraduate Funding Support team has embarked with the University of Johannesburg on the Global Excellence and Stature (GES) flagship programmes for Postdoctoral Fellows, Doctoral and Master Students. We support the increasing enrolment figures by administering the funding of the UJ Honours programme.

PFS holds regular Meetings with the UJ International Office together with representatives of the Department of Home Affairs to ensure that we able to assist to the best of our abilities our UJ Postgraduate students and Postdoctoral fellows needs.

Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships

Please note that all funding opportunities advertised below are prefixed with the closing date for applications/submissions. Please read the relevant opportunity for more details. 


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The Postgraduate School Funding Review Process - NRF Postgraduate Scholarships 

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Current Open Calls

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Graduate Internship programme 

Call for graduate interns for 2021-2022

Graduate Internship Programme for Honours Studies 2020 Application Framework

General Application Guide 2020

The National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is launching a call for applications for graduate internships for the period 2021-2022. The Graduate Internship Programme is a two-year work experience programme for bachelor’s graduates who will be pursuing honours studies simultaneously during the internship period. In order to be accepted into the programme, prospective interns should also have been accepted into an honours programme. Mentors will interview and shortlist potential interns from this pool of students that have been accepted into an honours programme. Host institutions will sign a two-year contract of appointment with the approved interns. In addition, interns’ honours tuition fees will be funded by the NRF up to a maximum of R50 000 over the two-year internship and paid directly to the university at which they are registered. Full details of the programme, including eligibility criteria, the selection process and timelines are available in the Call Framework Document which must be read by interested candidates prior to submitting an application. Eligible candidates are invited to submit applications in the areas of specialisation or disciplines in the provinces stated below:

Province
Areas of Specialisation/ Disciplines (Choose 1 discipline per province up to a maximum of 3 in order of preference)
Eastern Cape

​Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Management; Agricultural Sciences; Analytical Chemistry; Animal Production; Animal Science; Anthropology; Biochemistry; Biological Oceanography; Biology; Biotechnology; Botany; Chemistry; Communication & Media Studies; Communication Technologies; Computer Sciences; Computer Software; Dental Sciences; Development Studies; Ecology; Ecology & Environmental Science; Education; Electrical Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Engineering Sciences; Environmental Studies; Epidemiology; Fisheries; Food Sciences & Technology; Fresh Water Biology & Limnology; Health Informatics; Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; Health Systems Research; Horticulture; Industrial Psychology & Sociology; Information & Computer Technologies; Information Systems; Inorganic Chemistry; Knowledge Management (Records Administration); Languages & Literature; Linguistics; Management; Marine Biology; Material Sciences & Technologies; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Microbiology; Molecular & Cell Biology; Nursing Science; Nutrition; Obstetrics & Maternal Health; Oceanography; Organic Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; Physics; Physiology; Plant Production; Political Sciences; Political Sciences & Public Policy; Process Engineering; Public Health; Public Management & Administration; Quality Management; R & D Psychology; Research Management, Research Support & Administration; Rural Development; Social Science; Social Work; Sociology; Soil & Water Sciences; Sports & Recreational Arts; Sports Science; Statistics; Statistics & Probability; Zoology

Free State

​Agricultural Economics; Agriculture; Agrometereology; Analytical Chemistry; Animal Production; Animal Science; Anthropology; Architecture; Biochemistry; Biotechnology; Botany; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Communication & Media Studies; Cultural Studies; Development Studies; Ecology & Environmental Science; Education; Food Sciences & Technology; Forest Science; Genetics; Geology; Home Economics; Human Geography; Immunology; Industrial Psychology & Sociology; Infectious Diseases; Inorganic Chemistry; Languages & Literature; Linguistics; Mathematics; Medical Virology; Microbiology; Molecular & Cell Biology; Musicology; Pharmacology; Philosophy; Physical Chemistry; Physical Geography; Physiology; Plant Biotechnology; Plant Production; Political Sciences & Public Policy; Polymer Science; Psychology; Research Management, Research Support & Administration; Sociology; Soil & Water Sciences; Sustainable Development; Town & Regional Planning.

Gauteng

​Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering; Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Engineering; Agricultural Management; Agricultural Sciences; Agrometeorology; Analytical Chemistry; Anatomical Sciences; Animal Breeding & Genetics; Animal Production; Animal Science; Anthropology; Applied Mathematics; Archaeology; Architecture; Artificial Intelligence; Astronomy; Atmospheric Science & Meteorology; Atomic, Molecular & Nuclear Physics; Biochemistry; Bio-engineering;; Biological Sciences; Biology; Biomedical Technology; Biometrics; Biophysics; Biostatistics; Biotechnology; Botany; Chemical Engineering; Chemical Pathology; Chemical Sciences; Chemistry; Chemistry Sciences Engineering; Civil Engineering; Communication & Media Studies; Communication Technologies; Computer Engineering; Computer Multimedia Systems; Computer Programming; Computer Science; Computer Software; Construction Industry & Building; Demography; Dental Sciences; Design Studies; Development Studies; Dramatic arts; Ecology; Ecology & Environmental Science; Economics; Education; Electrical Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Embryology & Fetal Development; Endocrinology; Energy; Engineering; Engineering Management; Engineering Sciences; Environmental Engineering; Environmental Health; Environmental Studies; Epidemiology; Fine Arts; Food Sciences & Technology; Food Technology; Forensic Sciences; Forest Science; Fresh Water Biology & Limnology; Genetics; Geographic Information Systems; Geology; Geophysics; Haematology; Health; Health Economics; Health Informatics; Health Promotion; Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; Health Systems Research; Health Technology; Historical Studies; Horticulture; Human Geography; Human Resources; Hydrology; Immunology; Industrial Design; Industrial Engineering; Industrial Psychology & Sociology; Information Communication Technology; Information & Computer Sciences; Information & Library Science; Information Management; Information Systems & Technology; Information Technology; International Relations; IT-Graphic Design; Knowledge Management (Records Administration); Languages & Literature; Law; Management; Manufacturing & Process Technologies; Marine Biology; Material Sciences & Technologies; Mathematical Sciences; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Medical Microbiology; Medical Virology; Mental Health & Substance Abuse; Metallurgical Engineering; Microbiology; Mining Engineering; Molecular & Cell Biology; Morphology; Natural Sciences; Neuroscience; Nuclear Engineering; Nursing Science; Nutrition; Operations research; Orthopaedics; Performing Arts; Pharmacology; Photography; Physical Chemistry; Physical Geography; Physics; Physiology; Plant Biotechnology; Plant Production; Political Sciences; Political Sciences & Public Policy; Polymer Science; Psychology; Public Health; Public Management & Administration; Public Relations; Quality Management; Quantity Surveying; R & D Psychology; Research Management with Mathematics; Research Management, Research Support & Administration; Respiratory Diseases; Rural Development; Science Education; Science Journalism; Social Science; Social Work; Sociology; Soil & Water Sciences; Space & Earth Science; Sports Medicine; Statistics; Statistics & Probability; Surgery; Sustainable Development; Theology; Theoretical & Condensed Matter Physics; Town & Regional Planning; Toxicology; Trauma; Veterinary Science; Virology; Zoology

KwaZulu-Natal

​Agricultural Economics; Agriculture; Agrometereology; Analytical Chemistry; Animal Production; Animal Science; Anthropology; Applied Mathematics; Archaeology; Artificial Intelligence; Astronomy; Atmospheric Science & Meteorology; Biochemistry; Bio-engineering; Biological Sciences; Biology; Biotechnology; Botany; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Communication & Media Studies; Computer Engineering; Computer Hardware; Computer Multimedia Systems; Computer Programming; Computer Science; Cultural Studies; Dental Sciences; Development Studies; Earth Science; Ecology; Ecology & Environmental Science; Education; Electrical Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Energy; Engineering Management; Environmental Engineering; Environmental Health; Environmental Studies; Epidemiology; Fisheries; Food Sciences & Technology; Forest Science; Fresh Water Biology & Limnology; Genetics; Geochemistry; Geographic Information Science; Geology; Geophysics; Geospace Physics; Haematology; Health; Health Economics; Health Informatics; Health Promotion; Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; Health Systems Research; Horticulture; Hydrology; Industrial Biotechnology; Industrial Engineering; Industrial Psychology & Sociology; Infectious Diseases; Information & Computer Sciences; Information & Library Science; Information Systems & Technologies; Inorganic Chemistry; IT Graphic Design; Languages & Literature; Linguistics; Management; Marine Biology; Material Sciences & Technologies; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Medical Microbiology; Medical Technologies; Medical Virology; Microbiology; Molecular & Cell Biology; Nutrition; Obstetrics & Maternal Health; Organic Chemistry; Pharmacology; Physical Chemistry; Physics; Physiology; Plant Biotechnology; Plant Production; Political Sciences & Public Policy; Psychology; Public Health; Public Management & Administration; Rehabilitation Medicine; Research Management with Mathematics; Research Management, Research Support & Administration; Respiratory Diseases; Social Science; Social Work ; Sociology; Soil & Water Sciences; Space & Earth Science; Sports Science; Statistics; Statistics & Probability; Sustainable Development; Toxicology; Veterinary Microbiology; Veterinary Science; Virology; Zoology

Limpopo

​Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Engineering; Agriculture; Agrometereology; Analytical Chemistry; Animal Diseases; Animal Parasitology; Animal Production; Animal Science; Anthropology; Biochemistry; Biology; Biotechnology; Botany; Cardiovascular Diseases; Chemical Engineering; Communication & Media Studies ; Computer Science; Development Studies; Ecology & Environmental Science; Education; Electronics Engineering; Environmental Studies; Food Sciences & Technology; Forest Science; Fresh Water Biology & Limnology; Game Ranching & Farming; Geology; Geophysics; Horticulture; Human Geography; Hydrology; Industrial Psychology & Sociology; Information & Computer Sciences; Information & Library Science; Information Systems & Technology; Information Technology; Inorganic Chemistry; International Relations; Invertebrate Taxonomy; Knowledge Management (Records Administration); Library Services; Limnology; Linguistics; Macro-Invertebrates; Material Sciences & Technologies; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Microbiology; Molecular & Cell Biology; Nutrition; Nutrition & Metabolism; Organic Chemistry; Parasitology; Physical Chemistry; Physical Geography; Physics; Physiology; Plant Production; Psychology; Public Health; Research Management, Research Support & Administration; Rural Development; Science Education; Social Science; Social Work; Sociology; Soil & Water Sciences; Sports & Recreational Arts; Sports Science; Statistics & Probability; Taxonomy; Theoretical & Condensed Matter Physics; Town & Regional Planning; Veterinary Nursing; Zoology

Mpumalanga

​African Languages; Agricultural Economics; Biology; Education; Food Sciences & Technology; Food Technology; Information Communication Technology; Microbiology; Physical Geography; Plant Production; Research Management, Research Support & Administration; Zoology

Northern Cape

Analytical Chemistry; Applied Mathematics; Botany; Computer Programming; Computer Science; Ecology; Ecology & Environmental Science; Information Systems; Inorganic Chemistry; Microbiology; Organic Chemistry; Polymer Science; Science Education; Statistics & Probability; Zoology​

North West

​Agricultural Management; Agricultural Sciences; Astronomy; Atomic, Molecular & Nuclear Physics; Biochemistry; Biological Sciences; Biostatistics; Biotechnology; Cardiovascular Diseases; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Communication & Media Studies; Construction Industry & Building; Demography; Diabetology; Dietetics; Ecology & Environmental Science; Education; Epidemiology; Food Sciences & Technology; Forest Science; Fresh Water Biology & Limnology; Genetics; Health; Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; Health Systems Research; Health Technology; Home Economics; Horticulture; Information Systems & Technologies; Management; Manufacturing & Process Technologies; Marine Biology; Mathematical Sciences; Microbiology; Molecular & Cell Biology; Neuroscience; Nursing Science; Nutrition; Nutrition & Metabolism; Pharmacology; Physics; Physiology; Plant Production; Psychology; Public Health; Public Management & Administration; Research Management, Research Support & Administration; Social Sciences; Social Work; Sociology; Soil & Water Sciences; Statistics

Western Cape

​Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering; Agricultural Engineering; Agricultural Management; Agriculture; Anaesthesia & Pain Management; Analytical Chemistry; Anatomical Sciences; Animal Production; Anthropology; Applied Mathematics; Archaeology; Astronomy; Atmospheric Science & Meteorology; Biochemistry; Bio-engineering; Biological Sciences; Biology; Biomedical Technology; Biophysics; Biostatistics; Biotechnology; Botany; Cardiovascular diseases; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Communication & Media Studies; Computer Programming; Computer Science; Computer Software; Dermatology; Development Studies; Diabetology; Ecology; Ecology & Environmental Science; Education; Electrical Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Embryology & Fetal Development; Endocrinology; Energy; Energy Efficiency; Engineering; Engineering Management; Engineering Sciences; Environmental Engineering; Environmental Health; Environmental Studies; Epidemiology; Food Sciences & Technology; Forensic Sciences; Fresh Water Biology & Limnology; Genetics; Geochemistry; Geology; Geospace Physics; Haematology; Health Economics; Health Informatics; Health Promotion; Health Promotion & Disease Prevention; Health Systems Research; Health Technology; Historical Studies; Horticulture; Human Geography; Hydrology; Immunology; Industrial Biotechnology; Industrial Engineering; Industrial Psychology & Sociology; Infectious Diseases; Information & Computer Sciences; Information & Library Science; Information Systems; Information Systems & Technology; Inorganic Chemistry; Knowledge Management (Records Administration); Management; Manufacturing & Process Technologies; Marine Biology; Material Sciences & Technologies; Mechanical Engineering; Medical Biotechnology; Medical Virology; Metallurgical Engineering; Microbiology; Molecular & Cell Biology; Morphology; Musicology; Natural Sciences; Neuroscience; Nutrition ; Nutrition & Metabolism; Oceanology; Organic Chemistry; Paediatrics & Child Health; Paleontology; Particle & Plasma Physics; Pharmacology; Phenomenological Physics; Physical Geography; Physics ; Physiology; Plant Biotechnology; Plant Production; Political Sciences; Psychology; Public Health; Public Management & Administration; Quality Management; R & D Psychology; Research Management, Research Support & Administration; Respiratory Diseases; Rural Development; Science Education; Science Journalism; Social Science; Social Work; Sociology; Soil & Water Sciences; Space & Earth Science; Sports & Recreational Arts; Sports Medicine; Sports Science; Statistics; Statistics & Probability; Surgery; Sustainable Development; Theoretical & Condensed Matter Physics; Toxicology; Veterinary Science; Virology; Zoology


Eligibility Criteria for Applicants for the Graduate Internship Programme

To be eligible to apply for the Graduate Internship Programme, individuals must:

  • Be South African citizens in possession of a valid South African Identity Document (ID);
  • Have completed a bachelor's degree in any SET, HSS or related disciplines prior to commencement of the internship;
  • Have obtained a minimum of 65% for major subjects in the final undergraduate year of study;
  • Intending to pursue honours studies over the two-year internship;
  • Students intending to pursue full-time honours programmes will only be eligible if all lectures and practical sessions are held in the late afternoon and/or on weekends. Applicants must provide a timetable and letter of support from Faculty Deans confirming that the structure of the honours programme is conducive to being undertaken simultaneously with the internship programme.
  • Have been funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) or the Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) for their bachelor's degree; and
  • Be 27 years of age or younger on 31 December of the year of application for the Graduate Internship.

Objectives

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Provide bachelors graduates with work experience, while pursuing part-time honours studies, within the broader Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) disciplines, as well as the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS);
  • Establish a pool of skilled honours graduates for the private and public sector, including universities and research institutions;
  • Effect transformation in the proportional representation of honours graduates from designated groups viz. black, female, financially needy and persons with disabilities; and 
  • Support postgraduate training to meet the specific needs of the country in partnership with the higher education system and industry.

Important Timelines for the Call for Applications for Graduate Interns

ActivityCompletion date
Publish call for applications for the 2021 academic yearApril 2020
Students' submission cut-off datesUJ Internal deadline for student submissions 17 August 2020
University DA validation of eligible honours applications01 September 2020
University review using NRF scorecard for honours applicationsSet by Universities
University DA submits list of students accepted into an honours programmes, with final undergraduate marks to the NRF 18 December 2020
Mentors at host institutions access CV, interview and shortlist applicants15 January 2021
Host institution DA submits consolidated list of nominated interns to the NRF for approval18 January 2021
Host institution appointment of approved interns and NRF bursary award29 January 2021 (for interns commencing on 01 February) and 26 February 2021 (for interns commencing on 01 March)


NRF Contact Details

For technical enquiries relating to the NRF Online Submission System, please contact the Support Desk (Mondays to Fridays from 08h00 to16h30) on:

Tel: 012 481-4202 or E-mail: supportdesk@nrf.ac.za. For any other programme related enquiries refer to the contact person in the table below:

 

QueryContact PersonContact Details
  • CSD Registration;
  • Allocation of internships to Host Institutions;
  • Approving of Internships for students;
  • Monitoring and evaluation.
Mr Sello Raseruthe
Telephone: 012 481 4388
E-mailsello.raseruthe@nrf.ac.za


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2021 Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa:

We wish to draw to your attention a wonderful post-graduate opportunity for students interested to further their studies at Oxford University. Online applications for the 2021 Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa opened on Monday, 01 June 2020. The scholarships target talented, young South Africans and are inclusive (race, gender, religious affiliation, financial need are not criteria for the Rhodes Scholarships).

Background

Internationally, the Rhodes Scholarships are regarded as the oldest and arguably the most prestigious global fellowships. Funded by a bequest in the Will of Cecil John Rhodes, the Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded since 1903. From that date, nearly 1000 young people from across South Africa have been given the opportunity to further their post-graduate studies at Oxford University thanks to this scholarship programme. Annually 100 scholarships are awarded to high potential graduates from 30 regions across the globe.

Who should apply?

The Rhodes Scholarships are targeted at young South Africans, aged between 19-25 years (with an extension to 27 years for MBBCh graduates); graduates who are academically talented, display proven leadership skills and a commitment to making a difference in their own community and beyond. The scholarships fund post-graduate degrees (Masters and Doctorates) at Oxford University, which is ranked consistently as one of the top universities in the world and offers magnificent opportunities for post-graduate research and studies. Entrance to Oxford is highly competitive, hence the scholarships are aimed at academic high-achievers, who show moral force of character, empathy, and a commitment and desire to impact positively on the world.

Of the 100 Rhodes scholarships awarded each year, ten are allocated to the Southern African Constituency (comprising South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini). Further scholarships are awarded to graduates from other regions across the continent: Zimbabwe (2), Zambia (2), Kenya (2), East Africa (1) and West Africa (1).

Applications open 01 June 2020

Applications opened on 01 June and will close on 15 August 2020. The Rhodes Scholarships are open to graduates from universities across South Africa; are inclusive and generous, covering most of the graduate's expenses in Oxford (including university tuition fees, College accommodation fees, a monthly stipend, one return air flight, assistance with visa and health care costs); and offer superb wrap-around support. The scholarship also includes a Character and Leadership Programme facilitated at Rhodes House; access to a range of forums and events on a host of global themes/topics; and international service projects.

Please review the marketing materials attached and the information document, which can be found on the following link: https://www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/media/44751/information-for-candidates-southern-africa.pdf

Interested candidates are also referred to the following links:

There is no doubt that being awarded a Rhodes Scholarships is a life-changing experience. Julia Hampton, a current Rhodes Scholar, who hails from Cape Town and commenced her studies at Oxford University in  October 2019, writes: 

"Being given the opportunity to come to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship to pursue my MPhil in Development Studies has been formative. I feel that the contours of my academic, professional, social and personal life have been stretched and moulded in ways I could not have anticipated. Apart from the enriching sanctuary and dynamic, fiery community that Rhodes House has become for me in my time here so far, my sociable and creative St Antony's College community and my engaged class and department, have made this experience a highlight of my life so far. For one thing, as a result of these myriad influences, I feel that the sense of possibility of the contribution I can make in South Africa, and my sense of the kind of life I want to lead more generally, has evolved since being here. I encourage anyone, and everyone, to apply. There are no rules, norms or prescriptions for being a Rhodes Scholar other than a feisty spirit, critical mind and open heart."  

Should you have any queries or if additional information is required, please do not hesitate to contact Bev Johnson, Regional Manager of the Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa directly via e-mail (southernafrica.secretary@rhodestrust.com) or Cell: 074 054-4300.

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UJ Merit Bursary 

The UJ Merit Bursary is awarded directly to the student in response to his/her application. The focus is entirely based on the historical academic performance of the student. Deadline for 2020 applications: 15 August 2020 This form is to be completed if you are applying for a UJ Masters or Doctoral bursary in 2020.

Click here to download the application form. 

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SARAO Undergraduate & Bachelor of Engineering Technology Scholarships in 2021

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory is pleased to announce a call of new applications for the Undergraduate & Bachelor of Engineering Technology Scholarships for Funding for the 2021 Academic year. 

To apply, please use the following NRF Online Submission System link: https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/, no manual applications will be accepted. 

Please note that the University of Johannesburg internal closing date is 05 August 2020

For enquiries, applicants'  can contact the Postgraduate School office at UJ. below are the contact persons and details:

​Mr Thabiso Masango:

Telephone: 011 559 3780

Email address: thabisom@uj.ac.za

​Ms Charlotte Motinyane: 

Telephone: 011 559 4530

Email address: cmotinyane@uj.ac.za

​Mr Tshediso Msibi:

Telephone: 011 559 3780

Email address: tmsibi@uj.ac.za

SARAO scholarships contact person

Annah Mashemola: Professional Officer, HCD, SARAO. Telephone: 011 442 2434 

Email Address: amashemola@ska.ac.za 


SARAO HCD Bachelor in Engineering Technology Scholarship Programme 2021 Application Guide

SARAO HCD Applications for Undergraduate Scholarships for 2021 Application Guide



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Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP)

The Department of Higher Education and Training is implementing Phase 1 of the Nurturing Emerging Scholar's Programme (NESP). The NESP is a three-year programme that includes a 2 year Master's scholarship followed immediately by a 1-year academic internship at a recruiting South African university. There are 2 opportunities available in this programme  (please refer to the attached NESP advert to see the different  academic fields)

 

  • 12 NESP positions involving  a scholarship for Masters study at a French university, offered in partnership with the French Embassy in South Africa, and an academic internship at the recruiting South African university. The closing date for this application is 15 May 2020.

  • NESP positions involving a scholarship for Masters study at a South African university and an academic internship at the recruiting South African university. The closing date for this application is 15 August 2020.

Applications needs to be made via https://www.ru.ac.za/dhetnespapplication/ . 

The programme allows students to participate in a prestigious, structured, Postgraduate studies and development opportunity as a first step into an academic career that:

  • Enables students to register and study for a full time Master's degree at a University of your choice;

  • Ensures that students are fully supported through a scholarship for up to a period of 2 years;

  • Enables students to take up a 1-year internship position at a South African university after completion of the Master's Degree;

  • Ensures that students are fully supported by a mentor for the duration of your participation in the development programme;

  • Provides an opportunity for exposure through support for a possible international mobility experience; and

  • Enables students to develop your teaching and research abilities. 


To be eligible for selection for the NESP, applicants must meet the following criteria, in addition to meeting the criteria specified by the University:


  • Show interest in becoming an academic;

  • Be 35 years or younger; 

  • Be a South African citizen;

  • A minimum average of 65 % attained in an appropriate Level 8 qualification e.g. Honour's degree;

  • Show evidence of eligibility to undertake postgraduate studies at Master's level;

  • Commitment to placement at the recruiting University for the full 3 years of the programme (2 years of studying at any University, and 1 year of internship at the recruiting University)

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Closing date for applications: 15 August 2020


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NRF Postgraduate Scholarships 2021

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2021 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%. Applicants for honours, masters and doctoral funding must be 28, 30 and 32 years of age or younger respectively in the year of application. 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, masters 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. As from 2021 funding year, 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. 

Below are University of Johannesburg internal cut-off dates for applications and the applicants must abide by the below dates. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED 

Funding Opportunity Funding Year UJ internal closing date
Extension Support for Masters and Doctoral Studies 2021 
Monday,  20 July 2020
First-time Doctoral Scholarships
(Including SARAO Doctoral Scholarships)
2021 
Sunday, 28 June 2020
First-time Masters Scholarships
(Including SARAO Masters Scholarships)
2021  Sunday, 28 June 2020
Honours Scholarships 2021  Saturday, 31 October 2020
SARAO Honours Scholarships 2021  Wednesday, 05 August 2020
NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships (Split-site) 2021  Sunday, 28 June 2020


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

For inquiries, applicants'  can contact the Postgraduate School office at UJ. below are the contact persons and details:

Mr Thabiso Masango:

Telephone: 011 559 3780

Email address: thabisom@uj.ac.za

Ms Charlotte Motinyane: 

Telephone: 011 559 4530

Email address: cmotinyane@uj.ac.za

Mr Tshediso Msibi:

Telephone: 011 559 3780

Email address: tmsibi@uj.ac.za

General Application Guide 2020

Postgraduate Scholarships Application and Funding Framework 2021

Funding Guide 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

SARAO HCD Applications for Honours Scholarships for 2021 Application Guide

SARAO HCD Applications for Masters Scholarships for 2021 Application Guide

SARAO HCD Applications for Doctoral Scholarships for 2021 Application Guide


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UJ Honours Bursaries

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