Doctoral Funding

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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.

Application for a UJ Master’s or Doctoral Merit Bursary for 2022

For more information and  application form click here.

Closing Date : 15 August 2022

Fulbright South Africa 2023-2024 Scholarship: Call for Applications

Fulbright is inviting UJ postgraduate students to apply for master’s or doctoral scholarships to study in the United States. The scholarship is available for South African citizens and permanent resident students.

For more details about the scholarships, students are welcome to visit the website: Click here

The closing date for the call is the 1st of May 2022.


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Mycotoxin Research – Maize Trust Invitation for Proposals

Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2022

The Maize Trust is committed to funding mycotoxin research to the benefit of the maize industry, in terms of the mission as accepted by the industry, namely “World-class mycotoxin research to be undertaken at South African universities and research institutions in order to ensure safe maize to the food and animal feed industries, consumers and export markets”.

Researchers and research institutions are invited to submit funding applications for mycotoxin research to the Trust. Researchers who are interested in applying for funding are advised to take cognizance of the Trust’s Norms and Procedures for Funding of Mycotoxin Research.

Researchers who wish to submit a proposal are kindly requested to complete and electronically submit the Research Proposal form by 29 April to and

Kindly note, only proposals in pdf format, which are received before or on the stipulated closing date, will be considered.


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Mycotoxin Research Application Form 2022

Norms and Conditions for funding of mycotoxin projects