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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.

2023 McCall MacBain Scholarships call is now open for applications. Master’s and second-entry professional undergraduate students interested to further their studies at McGill University are welcome to apply.

We are pleased to share that applications are now open for the McCall MacBain Scholarships.

Unique in Canada, these comprehensive scholarships include mentorship, coaching, and a leadership curriculum. Our inaugural scholars recently concluded their first year of studies at McGill, and you can hear what they have to say about their experience with our program.

We are thrilled to collaborate with you for our first global application cycle. In the coming weeks, University of Johannesburg will be invited to access our online portal to see who from your school has started the application. We hope this allows you to plan ahead in terms of further outreach (if needed) and application endorsements. As discussed, we would like to receive approximately 3 endorsed candidates.

Any number of students with Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status can be endorsed in addition to your international applicants. Canadian candidates – no matter where they are studying – have until September 21 (instead of August 25) to complete their applications, and they are eligible for a greater number of scholarships.

Thank you for your support in letting students and alumni know about this opportunity.

Application Closing Date : 21 September 2022 at 4:00 PM ET

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


The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity
of the Department of Science and Innovation, invites applications from
students wishing to pursue a career in research, technology development and
innovation as well as corporate/support areas.

For more information click here.

Closing date for applications: 15 July 2022

To apply for the bursary click here

For inquires click here 


The Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships are now open for applications for students who would like to pursue their Master’s in 2023

Further details of the scholarships, including eligibility, host universities, and details on how to apply, are available on the Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships (QECS) website:

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship

Queen Elizabeth Student Poster 

Applications will close on 24 May at 4 PM (UTC).

Any queries relating to the scholarships could be directed to Ms. Dudu Mbatha and her email address is

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.


MT Mycotoxin Research Invitation 2022

Mycotoxin Research Application Form 2022

Norms and Conditions for funding of mycotoxin projects

Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship for Postgraduate Funding Opportunity 2023


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Students who have not yet applied for the Mandela Rhodes Foundation Scholarship are welcome to apply. The postgraduate funding opportunity for African graduates with leadership potential is welcome to apply. The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is a prestigious opportunity for young leaders to complete honours or masters study in South Africa and participate in a leadership development programme.

  • More: The Mandela Rhodes Foundation offers young leaders from across the African continent a chance to become part of Nelson Mandela’s legacy of transformative impact. We offer a life-changing opportunity for personal growth via a prestigious postgraduate scholarship and Leadership Development Programme, for those who want to use their talents to serve Africa
  • Who is it for? We are looking for candidates between the ages of 19-30 with academic excellence (70% average or upper second) and demonstrated leadership potential.
  • Our applications open on the 22nd of March. If you are willing to help us share this opportunity with your network, we will send you a media pack to share with your community.
  • About us: The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is one of Nelson Mandela’s three official legacy organisations, founded in 2003. We believe that leadership begins with inner transformation, and our Programmes are built on our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Read more about the Foundation click here.

Application closing date 21 April 2022


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The Education For Sustainable Energy Development

Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership

Closing Date: 11 April 2022

Education for Sustainable Energy Development
Available to full-time master’s students from developing countries pursuing studies in the fields of zero-carbon energy, smart grids, electric transportation, energy storage, advanced electricity technologies, public policy, economics, law or political science.

More information:

Click here to view the brochure