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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.


France - South Africa Scholarship Programme

The call for applications is now open! Apply before the 21 September 2021

The France - South Africa Scholarship Programme is directed to South African students who intend to study in universities or higher education institutions in France for their Master's degree or PhD.

The programme is also open to Lesothan students.

The current call for applications is open for students who intend to start their studies in France in September 2022. Applicants will be contacted individually as needed. The list of the laureates and the waiting list will be announced according to the indicated timeline. Follow-up requests by applicants will not be answered.

Due to the differences between the Southern and Northern hemisphere calendars, laureates will follow a specific programme in South Africa from January to July 2022. This track will include online French courses organized by the network of the Alliances Françaises. It may also include an internship in French Companies based in South Africa, depending on the opportunities and the profile of each laureate.

This call for applications is open to all fields of studies.

Applicants are invited to read carefully the rulebook for the France - South Africa Scholarship Programme and the frequently asked questions. You can also consult the Campus France South Africa website to find more details on higher education institutions and study programmes in France. If you need any help or advice on finding the most appropriate programme for you, you can Campus France South Africa.


  • Deadline of the current call for applications: 21 September 2021
  • Information webinars by Campus France: follow social media
  • Interview of the eligible candidates: October 2021
  • Results: November/December 2021
  • Specific programme in South Africa (online French courses and possibly internship): January 2022 - July 2022
  • Departure to France: Early September 2022
  • Closing Date: 21 September

 For more inforamtion and to apply please visit


Doug Banks Renewable Energy

Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision (DBREV) is inviting South African and permanent resident students who intend to study for their master's in Renewable and Sustainable Energy in 2022. Students with a background in the field of engineering, science, environment, and geographical science, finance, economics, or development studies are eligible to apply. 

The Doug Banks Renewable Energy Vision is a South African initiative aimed at building intellectual capital in the field of Renewable Energy by offering a Scholarship for a masters degree in renewable & sustainable energy studies. 

 The call is open for applications until the 4th of October 2021.

Applications can be made via the website  -

Enquiries can be directed to this email address -


Agriculture, Land Reform And Rural Development Bursary Awards For 2022

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) intends to award comprehensive bursaries to qualifying applicants pursuing and/or intending to further their studies in identified careers in the agriculture, land reform and rural development sector for the 2022 academic year. The bursary will cover tuition, accommodation, books, meals and a monthly allowance. The bursary awards target the previously disadvantaged and impoverished persons from poverty-stricken and rural communities.

Should you have any questions or queries please email: 

Full time graduate form

2022 Bursary Awards

Closing date: 31 October 2021


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 01 September 2021
First-time General Masters Scholarships 1 Apr 2021 23 July 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

Email Address:


Mr. Boitumelo Mokoena: Telephone: 011 559 4530

Email Address:  


Ms. Charlotte Motinyane: Telephone: 011 559 4530

Email Address:   



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)



Horizon Europe Africa Initiative Calls

Horizon Europe is open to researchers and innovators from around the globe who are encouraged to team up with EU partners in preparing proposals. It will include dedicated actions to support and strengthen cooperation through multilateral initiatives. As a strategic partner, the EU seeks to enhance cooperation with Africa to promote actions targeted to finding locally adapted solutions to challenges that are global in nature, but which often hit Africa hardest. The Horizon Europe work programme 2021-2022 includes around 36 topics with a budget of around €350 million under Calls for Proposals that are particularly relevant for cooperation with Africa. 

Who can apply?

The calls for proposals require or encourage participation of African entities. Topics range from climate change, rural innovation, sustainable food systems and sustainable energy to bringing European highly innovative SMEs to the forefront of African markets. 

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Research Partners

EU encourage collaboration with other partners and existing programmes. Examples include the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) and the ACP Innovation Fund. Other ongoing partnerships and programmes in research & innovation between the European Union and Africa include the Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (LEAP-AGRI), the Partnership for Research & Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA), and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP). 

In addition, UJ is a member of Crowdhelix Network, this an open and innovation network and virtual platform for universities, research organisations, and businesses seeking funding and collaboration opportunities from the European Union.   

Deadline for submissions vary depending on the call and are between September to November 2021. 

The  calls are coordinated by the International Office, please contact Ms Ntombise Mangqase for more information


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