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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.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA)

NERSA is offering bursaries to students who wish to study towards a Masters and Mid-PHD Degree. Bursaries are awarded for fields of study that are relevant to NERSA’s regulatory mandate; namely, the regulation of the electricity, piped-gas and petroleum pipelines industries. The bursary will cover registration, tuition and prescribed books.

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) is a regulatory authority established as a juristic person in terms of Section 3 of the National Energy Regulator Act, 2004 (Act No. 40 of 2004). NERSA’s mandate is to regulate the electricity, piped-gas and petroleum pipelines industries in terms of the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (Act No. 4 of 2006), Gas Act, 2001 (Act No. 48 of 2001) and Petroleum Pipelines Act, 2003 (Act No. 60 of 2003).
NERSA is offering bursaries to students interested in pursuing a career in the energy sectors that fall within its regulatory mandate.

Click here to learn more: Click Here

Closing date for applications: 10 January 2022

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

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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