The Postgraduate School Funding Review Process - NRF Postgraduate Scholarships
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Current Open Calls
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.
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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:
SARAO scholarships contact person
Annah Mashemola: Professional Officer, HCD, SARAO. Telephone: 011 442 2434
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
SARAO HCD Bachelor in Engineering Technology Scholarship Programme 2021 Application Guide
SARAO HCD Applications for Undergraduate Scholarships for 2021 Application Guide
NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships for 2021
South Africa aspires to produce more doctoral graduates as a means of increasing its global competitiveness, high-level research skills and knowledge production. One way to achieve this is by creating international partnerships and networks between scientists and research institutions, with a focus on training doctoral students. The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa has the mandate to promote and support research through funding, human capacity development and the provision of the necessary research infrastructure. In order to realise this mandate, the NRF has made a substantial commitment and investment towards supporting the next generation of researchers to intensify and strengthen African and global networks.
In recognition of the long-standing collaboration between South Africa and The Netherlands in education and research, and with the ambition to strengthen postgraduate training while enhancing sustainable collaboration between South African and Dutch higher education institutions (HEIs), an agreement was signed in 2017 between the NRF and Nuffic (Netherlands organisation for internationalisation in education represented locally in South Africa by Nuffic's Netherlands Education Support Office). This agreement is an implementing arrangement under the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the fields of science and technology between the governments of South Africa and The Netherlands (2015).
Through this partnership between the NRF and Nuffic, doctoral funding will be provided for South African citizens and permanent residents to study full-time in The Netherlands (i.e. single-site mode). Institutional level agreements between Dutch HEIs and Partner Institutions in South Africa to enable full-time joint doctoral degrees will also be supported (i.e. split-site mode).
In addition, the NRF is implementing a new Postgraduate Funding Policy in 2020 wherein postgraduate funding allocations will be underpinned by the principles of equity of opportunity; representivity; prioritisation; and enhanced access, success and throughput. This Postgraduate Funding Policy gives effect to the Ministerial guidelines for improving equity in the distribution of DSI/NRF Bursaries and Fellowships (2013). Citizenship, age, gender and disability will be considered in the allocation of funding, with the transformation of the postgraduate cohort as the core objective. Financial need is for the first time, included as a criterion for determining the level of funding. To attract and retain a diverse range of students, funding levels will be increased to cover the full cost of study for students who meet the required criteria.
The objectives of this funding instrument are to:
- Strengthen cooperation and internationalisation between Dutch HEIs and Partner Institutions in South Africa through joint supervision of doctoral candidates;
- Foster sustainable institutional collaboration between South African and Dutch HEIs, contributing to the bilateral research agendas;
- Promote and advance science, research and innovation;
- Support the development of a critical mass of globally competitive knowledge-workers in South Africa in prioritised areas;
- Contribute towards increasing the number and quality of South African postgraduate students in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, the Social Sciences and Humanities; and
- Effect transformation in the percentage representation of postgraduate students from designated groups, namely black, female and persons with disabilities.
Doctoral Training Modalities
The two modalities of doctoral training that will be funded are:
(i) Full-time doctoral studies at a Dutch HEI, referred to as the single-site mode, and;
(ii) Full-time doctoral studies jointly developed and implemented by a Dutch HEI and a Partner University in South Africa, referred to the split-site mode and resulting in a joint degree from the partner institutions.
Applications for funding for doctoral studies in the 2021 academic year must be submitted through the NRF Online Submission System at https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za/ - NRF Postgraduate Scholarships. Students must first identify the university where they will be registered for their postgraduate degree before submitting an application to the NRF.
Cut-off dates for Submission to the NRF for single-site mode
Closing date for single site applications: 1 June 2020
The University of Johannesburg cut off date for split-site mode: 22 June 2020
For enquiries, applicants’ can contact the Postgraduate School office at UJ. below are the contact persons and details:
NRF contact person.
For programme related enquiries, please contact:
Mr Nelson Komane
Professional Officer: Human and Infrastructure Capacity Development (HICD)
Telephone: 012 481-4219
E-mail address: email@example.com
General Application Guide
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
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
UJ internal closing date
|Extension Support for Masters and Doctoral Studies
Monday, 20 July 2020
|First-time Doctoral Scholarships
(Including SARAO Doctoral Scholarships)
Friday, 22 June 2020
|First-time Masters Scholarships
(Including SARAO Masters Scholarships)
Friday, 22 June 2020
Saturday, 31 October 2020
|SARAO Honours Scholarships
Wednesday, 05 August 2020
|NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships (Split-site)
Friday, 22 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:
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
UJ Honours Bursaries