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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

2020 GES 4.0

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Postgraduate students and PDRFs have to download the GES 4.0 application form relevant to them by making use of the following links:

Links to the application form:

Doctoral – Click here
Masters - Click here
Click here

The following links have to be used by postgraduate students and PDRFs to provide demographical information and to submit the typed GES 4.0 application form together with the supporting documents:

Links to the Google form:

Please note that due to new requirements from Google, you will be required to sign in using a gmail account to access the forms. If you do not have an account you will be required to create one. This is a new requirement from Google for security. 




UJ Honours Bursaries


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SAASTA’s SA Science Lens® competition is open for entries

This year, we are partnering for the first time with the Human Sciences Research Council to celebrate all social and natural sciences. SA Science Lens® is a science communication competition highlighting the power of photography to communicate science.

The closing date for entries is 8 December 2019

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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)

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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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