Division for Research Development
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Contact the Postgraduate Funding Unit: 

Mr Jongisizwe Ndlebe 


021 808 4208 


​​The University aims to assist postgraduate students by providing financial support to deserving students based on financial need or academic merit. Financial need is determined by a means test based on i. a. family income. These bursaries are for those students who consistently performed well during their undergraduate/previous postgraduate years and have a very low annual family income of R350 000 and less. Kindly note that people with a relatively fair income, but experience financial problems due to lifestyle choices, will not qualify. Various bursary types are available based on the academic merit of a minimum 65%. The University acts as an agent for the National Research Foundation (NRF)'s and other statutory councils. Postgraduate students can apply for a limited number of smaller private bursaries as well as donor funding from trusts. The Office also engages with broader institutional support structures for postgraduate students, typically as these relate to psycho-social support. ​International students should not rely on obtaining funds in the R.S.A. but should seek funding in their country of origin before coming to Stellenbosch University.

Scholarship Awards Announcement for the Postgraduate Scholarship Programme and the Postgraduate Support Bursary 2021

​The announcement of all successful applicants for the Postgraduate Scholarship Programme (PSP) and the Postgraduate Support Bursary 2021 programmes are in progress. We are sending successful letters to all students who have been approved for funding support. All faculties have completed their awards for their respective candidates except for the Department of Computer Science (Faculty of Science). Once complete, we will inform all of the successful candidates under this faculty/department of the final outcome. 

​Global Essay Competition- Stellenbosch University Information Webinar

The organizing committee has scheduled a specific information webinar for students of Stellenbosch University for 10 December at 17.00 SAST. Registration under https://www.symposium.org/roadshow “University Information Sessions & Presentations. The deadline for the essay submissions is 1st February 2021.  Please see the flyer 50SGS_SAGECFlyer.pdf for more information.

Applications for FirstRand International Postgraduate Scholarships (opens on 16 December 2020 and close on 4 March 2021)

Please see attached FR LLD Scholarship Alumni Brochure final 2021.pdf the 2021 FirstRand Scholarships alumni brochure with the first few pages giving a detailed explanation of all the different scholarships FirstRand has available.​

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