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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

L & L Agricultural Services

L & L Agricultural Services is a South African registered Pty (Ltd) that renders independent and objective services to mainly agricultural and agricultural related entities in South Africa through experienced professionals. One of our many portfolios is providing bursaries and scholarships that cover a range of agricultural disciplines. For each awarded bursary and scholarship, we work closely with our students to ensure that we recruit the best applicants and that we provide ongoing support to them to make sure that they succeed at a postgraduate level. In an effort to facilitate an equitable distribution of resources in the quest to meet the vision and objectives of the South African agricultural industry, our aim is to simplify the implementation of an equitable bursary scheme to assist the current and future students to further their educational qualifications/skills and to develop the capacity of that of the industry as well, through an effective and efficient training and development programme.

L & L Agricultural Services facilitates the awarding of bursaries and scholarships through funding received by the following Trusts and Agency:

  • The Maize Trust

The Maize Trust was founded in August 1998, after the closure of the Maize Board, to promote the South African maize industry. Since its establishment, the Maize Trust has granted a large amount of money to a variety of organisations and institutions involved in research, development and information programmes in the South African maize industry. The Maize Trust currently funds most of its transformation projects through the Maize Trust Bursary Scheme, the Farmer Development Programme of Grain SA and by means of the Grain Farmer Development Association (GFADA). The Maize Trust bursary scheme is commodity specific and would require applications from students who are studying within the maize ambit.
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Applications open from: 26 August 2019 – 30 September 2019

  • Sasol Agriculture Trust

The Sasol Agriculture Trust aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the South African agricultural industry and provides support for enterprise development projects and emerging farmers. The Trust also supports initiatives aimed at enhancing education and training programmes for farmers and the agricultural industry at large. In consideration of grain's large contribution to food security in South Africa, the Trust has a particular focus on the sustainability of grain production in the country. Following extensive engagement with Grain SA, as well as other agricultural stakeholders, Sasol identified the Trust as an opportunity to increase its contribution to a sustainable agricultural industry. The Sasol Agriculture Trust is not commodity specific and seeks students who are involved in all fields of study within agriculture.
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Applications open from: 26 August 2019 – 30 September 2019

  • Sorghum Trust

The Sorghum Trust was established in an effort to aid and promote higher education in agriculture, more specifically, to promote the study of sorghum and its impact on agriculture. The collective founders of the Trust including producers, researchers and private industry know the world of agriculture is changing as times change. The Sorghum Trust seeks to promote agricultural progress by identifying, educating and equipping demographically, responsible and diverse individuals who have the potential to excel and make a significant future impact within the agricultural industry. The interests of the Trust are best summarised in a quote from Gladys Krieble Delmas: "Western societies produced a flowering of human values and enduring beauty; I hope they will not be entirely lost in the new society whose shape we cannot know. Let us try to preserve the best and encourage the shoots of the new to grow in a direction that will not entirely distort the old." The Sorghum Trust bursary scheme is commodity specific and would require applications from students who are studying within the sorghum domain.
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Applications open from: 26 August 2019 – 30 September 2019

  • South African Cultivar and Technology Agency (SACTA)

SA Cultivar & Technology Agency (SACTA) came into existence with the purpose of addressing a dilemma that developed over the years regarding the lack of new technology for self- or open-pollinated grain and oilseed crops in South Africa. The relevant crops are: Wheat, Barley, Soya Beans and some Canola cultivars. The SACTA bursary scheme is commodity specific and is searching for students who are studying within the breeding and technology ambit regarding the relevant crops.

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Applications open from: 26 August 2019 – 30 September 2019


Call for application 2019/2020 Research and Innovation

The Food and Beverages Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FoodBev SETA) invites students enrolled at public universities to apply to the PhD and Masters 2019/2020 Research and Innovation Bursary Programme.

Click here to download the application form for PHD and Masters 2020

Click here to download the Bursary Application form

Closing date: 26 August 2019

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the CSIR are pleased to announce the DST CSIR Inter-bursary Support Programme (IBS) call for applications.

Opening Date: Wednesday, 07 August, 2019

Closing Date: Monday, 30 September, 2019

Late applications will not be considered.

The IBS postgraduate bursary support is intended for full time studies for Honours/ 4th year Engineering/BTech, Masters or PhD degrees at any South African public university. The focus areas for the bursary support are restricted to the following research areas.

  • Aerospace

  • Composites

  • Modelling and Digital Sciences

  • Microsystems Technology

  • Titanium (Manufacturing Elements)

  • Photonics

  • Biotechnology:

    • Biopharming

    • Bioprocessing

    • Biocatalysis

  • Information and Communications Technology

  • IKS (Indigenous Knowledge Systems)

  • Health

Please complete the Application form (Convert the form to .pdf format - Do not scan the completed form) and submit with supporting documents by email to:

Should you have any queries with regards to the call requirements or application procedure, please contact:


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HCI Foundation

Partial Bursaries for Honours & PG Diplomas 2020
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Applications Close 31 October 2019
Students can access more information pertaining to the scholarship by making use of the following website:

South African Radio Astronomy Observatory 

Bachelor of Engineering Technology Scholarship Programme

Call for applications for 2020

Closing date 30 September

Applicants must apply online

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

Ms Annah Mashemola Telephone:



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South African Radio Astronomy Observatory 

Doctoral Scholarship Programme

Call for applications for 2020

Closing date 23 September 2019 

The  South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is pleased to announce the opening for Doctoral Scholarship Programme Call 

for Applications for 2020. Applicants must apply online 

For queries with regards to the call requirements or application procedure, please  contact Ms Annah Masemola on the details below:

Ms. Annah Mashemola  

Telephone:  011 268 3400. 


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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:



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 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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