The Postgraduate Office (PGO) is a central support and liaison office for postgraduate students. Located within the Division for Research Development (DRD), the PGO is continuously working towards streamlining and enhancing the whole postgraduate experience for both supervisors and students. The PGO seeks to create enabling postgraduate environments in the faculties and support service divisions, thereby improving the overall quality of the research experience for postgraduate students. It approaches its task as an institutional role-player, making input on appropriate forums in the interests of improving the processes that govern the postgraduate lifecycle and as an institutional representative to market postgraduate opportunities to prospective postgraduate students. The PGO further provides professional support services to all (including international) postgraduate students during the postgraduate lifecycle (from application to graduation).
The PGO focusses on different aspects of postgraduate support:
Postgraduate Enrolment Support - provides prospective postgraduate applicants and continuing postgraduate students with an advisory service and enrolment support. This includes the management of institutional joint degree programmes;
Postgraduate Funding and Support - provides information, administers financial support and also engages with broader institutional support structures for postgraduate students, typically as these relate to psycho-social support; and
Postgraduate Skills Development Support - provides information about and access to opportunities and resources at Stellenbosch University that can assist postgraduate students in their efforts to develop and enhance the skills they will require to complete their postgraduate studies and research.
Located on the Stellenbosch campus, the PGO coordinates its activities as far as possible with similar entities or structures on the other University campuses who also service postgraduate students.