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Statutory Scholarships

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ National Research Foundation (NRF)
National Research Foundation Scholarship Call 2021​

​The ​National Research Foundation invites all 2021 postgraduate students to apply for funding support NOW. You should apply for this funding opportunity even if you are not sure if you are going to be accepted into PG studies for 2021. ​

The NRF minimum academic requirement for postgraduate funding is 65%. Applicants for honours, masters and doctoral funding must be 28, 30 and 32 years of age or younger respectively in the year of application. 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. 


The NRF Online Submission System website (https://nrfsubmission.nrf.ac.za) is ​​Zero-rated, which means that users will not pay for any data whilst using the system.

For full documents click on links​ below:​ ​


Funding OpportunitySU Internal Closing datesContact person
First-time Doctoral Scholarships (Including SARAO Doctoral Scholarships)Friday, 03 July 2020

Rozelle Petersen 

rnp@sun.ac.za 

First-time Masters Scholarships (Including SARAO Masters Scholarships)Thursday, 18 June 2020

Rozelle Petersen 

rnp@sun.ac.za

Honours ScholarshipsFriday, 30 October 2020
(students that must undergo a financial means test should submit before 1 September) 

Nugent Lewis 

nugent@sun.ac.za

SARAO Honours ScholarshipsMonday, 26 August 2020

Nugent Lewis 

nugent@sun.ac.za

NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships (Split-site)

Webinar Tuesday, 9 June 2020 at 12h00-13h00
Register he​re
Friday, 03 July 2020

Rozelle Petersen 

rnp@sun.ac.za

​NUFFIC (The Dutch Organization for Internationalization in Education) (Doctoral ONLY)

Scholarship details

Full-time doctoral studies jointly developed and implemented by a Dutch HEI and a Partner University in South Africa, referred to as the split-site mode and resulting in a joint degree from the partner institutions.​

South African citizens or permanent residents with a South African ID number, although South African citizens will be prioritised

Eligibility criteria

  • Cannot hold this scholarship concurrently with any other NRF or South African/Netherlands government scholarship
  • Already hold a degree at the level at which they intend studying (e.g. Individuals with a Doctoral qualification  cannot apply for a Doctoral scholarship)
  • Individuals that will be in full-time salaried, contractual or permanent employment while pursuing Masters or Doctoral studies may not apply.
  • Individuals that are on Sabbatical leave from their employment (including those without paid sabbatical leave) may not apply.


The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) (Doctoral ONLY)

Scholarship details

Citizens and permanent residents from developing countries in and outside Africa. South Africans are not eligible to apply.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants may not be living, studying or working in South Africa at the time of application.
  • Applicants who were previously employed or studying towards a degree or undertaking research in South Africa, and have returned to their country of origin but have been in their country of origin for less than two (2) years are not eligible to apply.
  • Already hold a degree at the level at which they intend studying (e.g. Individuals with a Doctoral qualification  cannot apply for a Doctoral scholarship)
  • Individuals that will be in full-time salaried, contractual or permanent employment while pursuing Masters or Doctoral studies may not apply.
  • Individuals that are on Sabbatical leave from their employment (including those without paid sabbatical leave) may not apply.


SASAC (Southern African Systems Analysis Centre) (Masters and Doctoral)

​Scholarship details

For research using systems analysis methodology, with specific capacity development interventions provided through the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC), hereafter referred to as SASAC Doctoral scholarships. Systems analysis requires thinking in systems and the application of systems modelling tools and approaches to global challenges.

South African citizens and permanent residents as well as a limited percentage of foreign nationals

​​Eligibility criteria

  • Already hold a degree at the level at which they intend studying (e.g. Individuals with a Doctoral qualification cannot apply for a Doctoral scholarship)
  • Individuals that will be in full-time salaried, contractual or permanent employment while pursuing Masters or Doctoral studies may not apply.
  • Individuals that are on Sabbatical leave from their employment (including those without paid sabbatical leave) may not apply.


DAAD-NRF Scholarship (Masters and Doctoral)

Scholarship details

The programme targets candidates who are working towards a master's or doctoral degree. Preference will be given to full-time registered young South Africans or full-time SU staff members (SA citizens/SA permanent residence status) studying towards a doctoral qualification will also be considered.

Eligibility criteria

  • South African citizenship and students with permanent residency.
  • Applicants who already have a qualification on the same level are not eligible.

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SARAO Scholarships

SARAO will consider applications from academically excellent students who wish to undertake postgraduate-level research relevant to the scientific and technical goals of the SKA and MeerKAT radio telescopes, and who are:

1. South African citizens, or permanent residents of South Africa; or

2. Citizens of Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.

 

 

CSIR/SU Scholarship

Call for 2021 Applications

Closing date: 23 October 2020 - Closed

The CSIR and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) are pleased to announce the DST Inter-Programme Bursary Support (IBS) call for applications.

Eligibility criteria​

The IBS postgraduate bursary support is intended for full time studies for Honours, Masters or PhD degrees at any South African public university. The focus areas for the bursary support are restricted to the following research areas.

  • Aerospace
  • Composites
  • Modelling and Digital Sciences
  • Microsystems Technology
  • Titanium (Manufacturing Elements)
  • Photonics
  • Biotechnology:
    • Biopharming
    • Bioprocessing
    • Biocatalysis
  • Information and Communications Technology

Read more on the general eligibility guidelines.

Where to Apply​ (MS Form)
For Honours, 4th year Engineering, BTech and Advanced Diploma applications please click on the link below to complete an online application form:

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For Masters and Doctoral applications please click on the link below to complete an online application form:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=1cXTL7Ld006YA_iWdZKN9IDuhgGUPStFj6YMQfUDMgxUQkNBUFpBNjNIMlpRME01Wk5EWVlRMFdTMi4u