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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.

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.

Doctoral 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:

2022 Call for Global Excellence Stature (GES) 4.0 Postgraduate Scholarships Fourth Industrial Revolution (multi-disciplinary call)

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 and Doctoral 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 2022. 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:

Master’s: Click Here

Doctoral: Click Here

Closing date for applications: 14 January 2022

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

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

Click here for more details

Click here to visit the registration page

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