The Postgraduate Office (PGO) is a central support and liaison office for postgraduate students. Located within the Division for Research Development (DRD), the PGO is continuously working towards streamlining and enhancing the complete postgraduate experience for both supervisors and postgraduate students. The PGO seeks to create enabling postgraduate environments in collaboration with the faculties and other support service divisions, thereby improving the overall quality of the research experience for postgraduate students. The PGO approaches its task as an institutional representative to market postgraduate opportunities to prospective students during the postgraduate lifecycle (from application to graduation).
The PGO focuses on different aspects of postgraduate support:
Postgraduate Enrolment Support – provides prospective postgraduate applicants and continuing postgraduate students with an advisory service and enrolment support. This includes the management of institutional joint degree programmes.
Postgraduate Funding and Support – provides information, administers financial support and also engages with broader institutional support structures for postgraduate students, typically as these relate to psycho-social support.
Postgraduate Skills Development Programme – provides information about and access to opportunities, events, workshops and resources at Stellenbosch University that can assist postgraduate students in their efforts to develop and enhance the graduate attributes required to complete their postgraduate studies and research journey.
Joint Degrees at Stellenbosch University – provides information and support with regard to what a joint degree entails, what the criteria are, what important considerations need to be taken into account and assists suitable candidates to identify a suitable partner university from the list of existing joint degree partners and to navigate the process.