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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

Sarao Graduate Programme 

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) that incorporates the SKA South Africa project wishes to recruit bright, young and enthusiastic graduates into its organization

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Closing date: 30 April 2019

L’Oréal – UNESCO - For Women In Science South African National Programme 2019

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Closing date: 15 May 2019

The Mandela Roads Scholarships - 2020

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has been invited by the Mandela-Rhodes Foundation to nominate registered students who have applied online for the Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarships. The scholarship is awarded for one-year Honours degree and a maximum of two years for Master’s degree. Concisely the scholarship will be appropriate for Applicants who are currently on their third year of undergraduate degree in 2019 and will be registering for Honours degree in 2020 and current Honours students who will register for a Master’s degree in 2020.

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Closing date: 15 April 2019

Khalifa University of Science and Technology Postgraduate Scholarships

The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Pretoria extends warm greetings to the University of Johannesburg and with reference to the strong existing relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of South Africa for almost three decades; the UAE is keen to expand cooperation with South Africa in the field of education. 

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Closing date for applications: 30 April 2019

NRF One Call for Proposals

During the last two years the National Research Foundation (NRF) has embarked on a process designed to enhance and simplify the NRF administrative interface with Researchers, Students and Designated Authorities. This has been done by streamlining its application templates and its Call Opening process, in line with the forthcoming Research Support Strategies by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the NRF.

The NRF therefore has pleasure in announcing the opening of the NRF One Call for Proposals.

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Closing date for applications: 12 April 2019

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.

2019 UJ Honours Bursary

Opportunities to Study in France

Masters: Students with a bachelor have to  spend two years for M1+M2 in France, students with an honours degree can get directly into M2 providing they are accepted by the French university. Otherwise they will have to go through the full cycle M1 + M2. All areas are eligible (science, engineering). There are a large number (1400) of English Masters students that students can find at the following address :


PhD : Students should be funded in the framework of a cotutelle program (sandwich program, with up to 6 months per year in France, with a co-supervision and the two degrees awarded. All areas covered as well.


You can find the call for applications below :


The dead line for applications is 15th March. 


The programme funds everything : living expenses, flight ticket, tuitions fees in public universities and engineer schools (not in private ones).

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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