Division for Research Development
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Postgra​duate Funding & Support


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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 fair income, but experience financial problems due to lifestyle choices, will not qualify.

Various bursary types are available based on academic merit of minimum 65%. The University acts as an agent for the National Research Foundation (NRF)'s freestanding scholarships and its grant holder-linked bursaries. 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.


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Contact :

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2020 Application 
Closing dates

​NRF Honours applications: 
5 November 2019

​Postgraduate Support Bursary:
16 ​September 2019

Harry Crossley​: ​
20 September 2019

HB & MJ Thom
September 2019

Other Private Bursaries: 
6 December 2019