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NRF Scholarships

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​National Research Foundation Scholarship Call 2023

​The National Research Foundation invites all 2023 postgraduate students, full-time students not in salaried employment (contractual or permanent) while studying to apply for funding support NOW. You should apply for this funding opportuni​​​ty even if you are not sure if you are going to be accepted into PG studies for 2023.

The NRF minimum acade​​mic requirement for postgraduate studies is 65%. Applications 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 allocated to 5% of international students including South African students and permanent residents who could not be funded under FCS but meet other minimum requirements for the NRF scholarship funding criteria.  

All postgraduate students will be expected to apply on the NRF Connect system by accessing the link (https://nrfconnect.nrf.ac.za​). No manual applications will be accepted.


​NRF Information Session video​​​​​

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​DSI-NRF Postgraduate Student Funding Documents

DSI-NRF Postgraduate Scholarship Framework for 2023 Funding- 26 April 2022 FINAL

How to apply for NRF Masters and Doctoral funding

How to apply for NRF Honours funding ​

Frequently Asked Questions_Postgraduate Funding 17 March 2022_Final

ISFAP - Application Consent Form FINAL

NRF Recognized Higher Education Institutions(HEIs)

NRF Statement of expectation for Postgraduate Training 2023 - 16 March 2022​

NRF_Application-Guide_v1.0-web (1)

NRF_Profile-Registration-Guide

SARAO Postgraduate Scholarships Application Guide for the 2023 Academic Year


Funding Opportunities EligibilitySU Closing dates Contact Person
Honours General Scholarships

Minimum average of 65% for major subjects in the final year of undergraduate study

 

Only South African citizens and permanent residents are eligible for honours scholarships.

1 September 2022

(students that must undergo a financial means test)

20 November 2022

(for the rest of the applications)

Tammy Abrahams (tammya@sun.ac.za)

SARAO Honours Scholarships

South African citizens and permanent residents

Bachelor of Science – Honours: in Physics and Electronics or Astronomy or Astrophysics or Computer Science

OR

Bachelor of Science - Honours at NASSP (National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme)

31 July​​​​ 2022


Tammy Abrahams (tammya@sun.ac.za)

Master's General Scholarships

All fields of study

 

08 July 2022

Betina van der Merwe (betina@sun.ac.za)

Rozelle Petersen (rnp@sun.ac.za)

Doctoral General Scholarships

All fields of study

 

08 July 2022

Betina van der Merwe (betina@sun.ac.za)

Rozelle Petersen (rnp@sun.ac.za)

DAAD (Masters and Doctoral Scholarships)

Only South African citizens and permanent residents

Applicants should have a general interest in an education and cultural exchange with Germany

08 July 2022

Betina van der Merwe (betina@sun.ac.za)

Rozelle Petersen (rnp@sun.ac.za)

TWAS (Doctoral Funding only)

Only citizens and permanent residents from developing countries on the African continent and elsewhere may apply.

Research under Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).

08 July 2022

Betina van der Merwe (betina@sun.ac.za)

Rozelle Petersen (rnp@sun.ac.za)

NRF-MINDS (Doctoral Funding only)

Applicants must be a national of an African country and residing in any African country. Not for SA citizens.

The priority research fields are: Water-Energy-Food Nexus; Smart Economy; African Heritage (People, Spaces and Settlements); Information and Communication Technologies; Artificial Intelligence and Robotics; and Health and Well-being.

Applicants must produce evidence of demonstrated leadership abilities or potential

08 July 2022

Betina van der Merwe (betina@sun.ac.za)

Rozelle Petersen (rnp@sun.ac.za)

SARAO Masters and Doctoral Scholarships

South African citizens and permanent residents, AND citizens of Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia

Students who wish to pursue postgraduate-level research relevant to the scientific and technical goals of the SKA and MeerKAT radio telescopes.​

All projects approved by SARAO for postgraduate research for 2023, as well as the contact details of the relevant supervisors, are available at: https://www.sarao.ac.za/students/funding/

08 July 2022

 

Betina van der Merwe (betina@sun.ac.za)

Rozelle Petersen (rnp@sun.ac.za)

Master's and Doctoral Extension Support

Applicants must be NRF scholarship-holders in 2022. ​​

Applicants applying for extension support at the master's level must have registered for their master's degree in 2021 or July 2020.

Applicants applying for extension support at the doctoral level must have registered for their doctoral degree in 2020 or July 2019.

15 August 2022

Betina van der Merwe (betina@sun.ac.za)

Rozelle Petersen (rnp@sun.ac.za) ​