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Masters Programme Funding Opportunities

The master's degree at UJ focuses on equipping students with a broader understanding of their field of study at an advanced level. The heightened learning environment of UJ helps master's students explore their topic of interest within groupings of like-minded individuals and provides for an intellectually rewarding experience. UJ master's graduates are able to handle complex issues, make critical decisions based on logical data and communicate effectively to diverse audiences.

The Postgraduate School (PGS) provides support to the University of Johannesburg's master's students. This is done through the Postgraduate Funding Management (PFM) area. PFM is responsible for communicating the various postgraduate funding options made available at UJ for master's level of study.

Master's students are funded from internal and external funds in order for them to successfully complete their qualifications. Scholarships that are offered under internal funding are categorized as Global Excellence Stature with the research focus on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and URC funds. URC funds have various sub-categories and are listed as URC International, Supervisor-Linked (SLB) bursaries and Special URC. SLB bursaries are available for both the part-time and full-time students. 

PFM has embarked on reaching our success plan by increasing number of postgraduate students. Funding for master's students are crucial to the university's goals, hence external funders are assisting the university in reaching these goals. External funders are National Research Foundation (NRF), Department of Science and Innovation and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (DSI-CSIR), Duke CE, Mandela Rhodes Foundation, Nedbank, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth and various Sector of Education and Training Authority (SETA) organisations. Students can only apply when the call for these scholarships is out.

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2021 Call for Global Excellence Stature (GES) 4.0 Postgraduate Scholarships Fourth Industrial Revolution (multi-disciplinary call)


Closing Date: 31 December 2020

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan university, anchored in Africa, which is dynamically shaping the future through innovation and the collaborative pursuit of knowledge and striving towards global excellence and stature (GES). The embodiment of core values such as independent thinking, meaningful engagement and sustainable development with a foundation deeply rooted in consistency and transparency make the University an international institution of choice for global excellence and stature. 

GES 4.0 Scholarships and Fellowships are intended to encourage and support Postgraduate students and Postdoctoral Research Fellows from various disciplines. If you are interested in carrying out cutting edge research activities in a multidisciplinary approach involving multiple academic entities and aligned to industry 4.0 then this call is for you. UJ is looking for candidates who are keen to work on innovative solutions to problems related to 4IR as well as present ways to exploit the transformative potential of 4IR technologies to address the Global Sustainable Development Goals.

Master’s Scholarships 

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates who will be registering for full-time master’s and doctoral studies at the University of Johannesburg in 2020. The scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence. The call is open to candidates who intend undertaking multi-disciplinary research involving multiple academic entities that are aligned to 4IR. Race and gender demographics will be applied during the evaluation process in order to enhance the equity profile of postgraduate students at UJ. Interested candidates may apply online: 


DAAD In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme – information sessions

The DAAD awards funding to Sub-Saharan African students for full-time Master or PhD degrees in their home country or in another Sub-Saharan African country as part of its In-Country/In-Region Scholarship Programme. The programme promotes the mobility of researchers between Sub-Saharan African countries and capacity building at Sub-Saharan African universities.

Master and PhD scholarships in this programme are awarded for preselected degree programmes in development-related and SDG-oriented fields at preselected Sub-Saharan African institutions. Scholarships are awarded to Sub-Saharan African students for study and research in their home country (In-Country) or in another Sub-Saharan African country (In-Region).

DAAD is hosting information sessions about these Scholarships

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