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​​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. 

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 Opportunity​​SU Internal Closing datesContact person
First-time Doctoral Scholarships (Including SARAO Doctoral Scholarships)Friday, 03 July 2020

Rozelle Petersen 


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

Rozelle Petersen 


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

Nugent Lewis 


SARAO Honours ScholarshipsMonday, 03 August 2020

Nugent Lewis 


NRF-Nuffic Doctoral Scholarships (Split-site)

Friday, 03 July 2020

Rozelle Petersen 


External Funding Opportunities

​Funding Instrument
​Closing date
​Wellcome Trust International Master's Fellowships 
​Visit the website 
​1 September 2020, 17:00 BST
Mujeres por África (Women for Africa) Foundation - Learn Africa scholarships 2020-2021
Visit the website here​
​15 July 2020
​Oil and Protein Seeds Development Trust - Oilseeds Advisory Committee
2021 & 2022 INFO OIL AND PROTEIN SEEDS DEVELOPMENT TRUST.pdf18 September 2020​
​PRF Postgraduate Scholarship in Research on Protein and Animal Nutrition  2021/2022​
PRF 2021 Application Guideline.pdf
18 September 2020​
Tomorrow Trust Scholarships

Visit the website here​

Tomorrow Trust Application Form_2020.pdf
​30 October 2020 
Rhodes Scholarships for Southern Africa 2021
Information for candidates 
2020 SUN Info session 30 July 2020.pdf
2020 Rhodes Scholarship Flyer.pdf
​15 August 2020 
Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarship 
​​Visit the website here
Application Leaflet 
​9 July, 4:00 (UTC +1)
Margaret McNamara grants
​14 September 

Bursaries for Master's and Doctoral studies written in Afrikaans 

​Please contact beurse@akademie.co.za 

Open4Research Funding Database

The Open4Researchplatform is a YEBO funding database for international mobility opportunities. This search tool provides links to potential scholarships, bursaries, travel grants and much more. It is easy to navigate and has a functionality that allows you to build and download a report of potential opportunities based on customised criteria.

How to use the Open4Research platform via SU:

·         Link to https://www.open4research.eu/stellenbosch

·         Register once off with your @sun email address and use any password

·         Use the “Search for funding" and/or “Browse funding" options for a wide range of funding opportunities

·         For some of the most recent research funding opportunities highlighted by Open 4 Research, refer to “News" or “Funding news"

·         Refer to “Help & advice" for more details on how to search

·         Contact research@sun.ac.za for enquiries

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