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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.

Click here to view the Postgraduate Funding Opportunities PDF document

Student information Session - NRF Postgraduate Funding Opportunities for 2022

The Postgraduate fund management department at the Postgraduate School, in partnership with the UJ Library and NRF hosted an online student information session for Masters and Doctoral Students. This video will help students with the application process and some frequently asked questions.


NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2022 Academic Year 

University of Johannesburg Closing dates

Scholarsh  Opening date UJ Internal Closing date
Extension Support for Masters  Studies 1 Apr 2021 21 June 2021
First-time General Masters Scholarships 1 Apr 2021 21 June 2021
SARAO Masters Scholarships  1 Apr 2021 21 June 2021

The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2022 academic year. All continuing studentswho 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%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master's and doctoral studies respectively, in the year of application, regardless of first year of registration. 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, master's 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. All the postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System by accessing the link: manual applications will be accepted.

Students' Applications Closing Date: Each University set their own internal cut-off dates for students' applications and the applicants must abide by the dates provided on  the table above to meet the University of Johannesburg deadlines.

Please refer to the application and funding guide and framework documents when completing the online application form at every step of the process.

For enquiries, applicants can contact the Postgraduate School on the below details.

Postgraduate School contact persons 

Mr. Thabiso Masango: Telephone: 011 559 3287

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Mr. Boitumelo Mokoena: Telephone: 011 559 4530

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Ms. Charlotte Motinyane: Telephone: 011 559 4530

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Mr. Tshediso Msibi: Telephone: 011 559 3780

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Application and Funding Framework

Frequently Asked Questions

NRF Statement of expectation for Postgraduate Training

SARAO Postgraduate Scholarships Application Guide for the 2022 Academic Year

DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Application and Funding Guide for 2022

NRF Recognised Higher Education Institutions(HEIs)



Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa, 2022

Top achieving final year student/ graduate of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), we wish to draw to your attention a wonderful post-graduate opportunity to further your studies at Oxford University. Online applications for the 2022 Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa open on 01 June 2021. The scholarships target talented, young South Africans; are fully funded for two years of study; and are inclusive (race, gender, religious affiliation, course of study, and financial need are not criteria for the Rhodes Scholarships). 


Internationally, the Rhodes Scholarships are regarded as the oldest and arguably the preeminent global fellowships. Funded by a bequest in the Will of Cecil John Rhodes, the Rhodes Scholarships have been awarded since 1903. From that date, nearly 1000 young people from across South Africa have been given the opportunity to further their post-graduate studies at Oxford University thanks to this scholarship programme. Annually 100 scholarships are awarded to high potential graduates from 30 regions across the globe. 

Who should apply? 

The Rhodes Scholarships are targeted at young South Africans, aged between 19-25 years (with an accommodation made for MBBCh graduates); graduates who are academically talented, display proven leadership skills and a commitment to making a difference in their own community and beyond. The scholarships fund post-graduate degrees (Masters and Doctorates) at Oxford University, which is ranked consistently as one of the top universities in the world and offers magnificent opportunities for post-graduate research and studies. Entrance to Oxford is highly competitive, hence the scholarships are aimed at academic high-achievers, who show moral courage and character, empathy, and a commitment and desire to impact positively on the world. 

Of the 100 Rhodes scholarships awarded each year, ten are allocated to the Southern African Constituency (comprising South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and eSwatini). Further scholarships are awarded to graduates from other regions across the continent: Zimbabwe (2), Zambia (2), Kenya (2), East Africa (1) and West Africa (2). 

Letter to high achieving students 


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Info Session - 20 May 2021


The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship 

The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is much more than financial support for your studies. It is a unique opportunity for young leaders from anywhere in Africa to further their education in South Africa. While completing postgraduate study in any field of your choice, our leadership development programme will empower you to solve some of Africa’s most difficult challenges. You will begin a life-changing leadership journey, and find a community of people who share your passion for the positive transformation of Africa. 

Applications for the Class of 2022 run from 23 March to 20 April 2021. 

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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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