National Research Foundation Scholarship Call 2022
The DSI and NRF are pleased to announce a call of new applications for NRF Postgraduate Student Funding for the 2022 academic year for full-time students not in salaried employment (contractual or
permanent) while studying.
Freestanding NRF students who received funding in 2021, do not have to submit a new application, but should submit a Progress report as stipulated in the Conditions of Grant (unless they are progressing to a new study level). Similarly, current
funded Masters and Doctoral Grant-holder linked students need not apply for this call, as they may be eligible for continued funding linked to their research projects (unless they are progressing to a new study level). Contact Shannon
Faro (firstname.lastname@example.org) in this regard.
The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. The entry age requirement is 28, 30 and 32 years or younger for honours, master’s and doctoral studies respectively, in the year
of application, regardless of first year of registration. Successful applicants will be funded either at Full Cost Study (FCS) or Partial Cost of Study (PCS). The FCS funding will be awarded to South
African citizens and Permanent Residents only, who are either financially needy (i.e., those whose combined household family income is less or equal to R350 000 per annum), living with a
disability or exceptional academic achievers. However, the PCS funding will be awarded to 5% of international students including South African citizens and Permanent Residents who could not be funded
under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria. Scholarships are intended to support honours, master’s and doctoral candidates to pursue studies in all areas of Science, Engineering, Technology, Social
Sciences, and Humanities.
The NRF has phased out the block grant nomination process as well as the grant-holder linked modalities. All new postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Online Submission System by accessing the link:
NB: Students recruited by supervisors to be linked to Grant-holder projects should select Grant-holder linked Scholarship under the “Application Category” of the 2022 NRF Postgraduate Scholarships
application and complete the Supervisor UID/Application Reference under the Reference section. In other words, current and prospective NRF project leaders will share with their prospective students their NRF UID or Application Reference which the
student will then indicate on their Scholarship application form.