Doctoral Funding

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About Doctoral Funding

The Doctoral degree at UJ develops the intellectual, research and professional skills of the student. At UJ we provide doctoral programmes that are intense, challenging and stimulating within a heightened learning environment, thereby creating an intellectually rewarding experience. UJ Doctoral graduates are recognised experts who have made distinctive contributions in their fields.

The Postgraduate School (PGS) provides support to the University of Johannesburg’s Doctoral 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 Doctoral level of study.

Doctoral 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 UJ-Commonwealth, 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 doctoral 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, Organisation for Women in Science (OWSD) 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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Do you have what it takes to be a Rhodes Scholar?

We wish to draw to your attention a wonderful post-graduate opportunity available for postgraduate students at the University of Johannesburg who would like to further their studies at Oxford University. Online applications for the 2025 Rhodes Scholarships will open from 01 June 2024 and will close on 01 August 2024.

This is a prestigious scholarship, South African students who are interested in furthering their Masters and Doctoral studies at Oxford University are welcome to apply. High achievers who meet the requirements as indicated on the attached letter and encourage to apply.

Students need to obtain background and detailed information on the application process before the call opens for applications (01 June 2024). Therefore, a virtual information session will be held to reach a large number of attendees and details are as follow:

Date: Monday, 13 May 2024

Time: 13:00 pm – 14:00 pm

Platform: Zoom

Meeting link:

Students are to RSVP by 12 May 2024 (17:00)