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NRF Masters and Doctoral Funding Application Workshop 02 May 2019


Honours Funding Workshop

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. 


Current Open Calls

2019 Call for Global Excellence Stature (GES) 4.0 Postgraduate Scholarships

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The Master's and Doctoral applications are accessible from the following links:




Links to the Google form and for submission of the documents:



South African Square Kilometre Array Project Undergraduate/Honours Scholarship Programme Call for applications for 2020

The  South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is pleased to announce the opening for Undergraduate/Honours Scholarship Programme Call for Applications for 2020. Applicants must apply online

Should you have any queries with regards to the call requirements or application procedure, please do not hesitate to contact me on the details below: 

Closing date for applications: 08 August 2019

Application forms are available at

  • Ms. Annah Mashemola  Telephone:  011 268 3400. E-mail:
  • Mr. Tshediso Msibi Telephone: 011 5593780. 

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Eligibility for SARAO Undergraduate and Honours Scholarships 

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

What are the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships? Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships provide unique opportunities to study for a Master’s in leading universities in low and middle-income countries throughout the Commonwealth. 

Through this experience you will travel to a new country, develop an appreciation and understanding of a new culture, work in a new academic environment and build a global network that will last a lifetime. 

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholars help effect positive change across the globe and create solutions to the shared challenges we face. As an active part of the Commonwealth network, scholars will help shape its future. To date, more than 35,000 individuals have benefitted from a Commonwealth Scholarship.

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Closing date: 26 June 2019

Rhodes Scholarships


Founded by a bequest in Cecil John Rhodes' Will, the Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded since 1903. From that date, nearly 1000 young people from across Southern African have been given the opportunity to further their post-graduate studies at Oxford University thanks to the Rhodes scholarship programme. Internationally, the Rhodes Scholarships are regarded as the oldest and probably most prestigious global scholarships; and are awarded to high potential scholars from 30 regions around the globe. The scholarships are for post-graduate degrees at Oxford University, which is ranked consistently as one of the top universities in the world, and offers magnificent opportunities for post-graduate studies. Entrance to Oxford is highly competitive, hence the scholarships are targeted at academic high-achievers, who show leadership ability, moral force of character, empathy, and a commitment and desire to impact positively on the broader community. 

100 Rhodes scholarships are awarded internationally each year, 10 (ten) of which are allocated to the Southern African Constituency (comprising South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini).

Applications open 01 June 2019

The Rhodes Scholarships are inclusive and generous, covering most of the graduate's expenses in Oxford (including tuition and College accommodation fees, a monthly stipend, one return air flight, assistance with visa and health care costs), as well as superb wrap-around support and a character and leadership development programme.

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TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme

Based on the agreement with The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS), the German Research Foundation (DFG) calls attention to researchers at German institutions to the opportunity to invite early-career African scientists (Postdocs) from Sub-Saharan African countries of all academic fields for a three-month research-based cooperation visit at their institution in Germany.
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Revitalising and Transforming the Academic Profession

Have you considered a career as an academic? Here's your chance.
The Departrment of Higher Education and Training is pleased to announce the implementation of Phase 5 of the SSAUF - the 'New Generation of Academics' Programme (nGAP)

2019 UJ Honours Bursary

2019 NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa in partnership and Nuffic (the Netherlands organisation for internationalisation in education represented locally in South Africa by Nuffic’s Netherlands Education Support Office), is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships will be available on the NRF Online Submission System during the first week of February 2019.

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