Scholarships are awarded to eligible candidates taking the following factors into account:
On an individual level:
- High academic merit and the intellectual capacity to study successfully at the doctoral level.
- Strong personal motivation to complete the programme.
- The extent to which the proposed topic of study fits into the research programme of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
- Availability of suitable supervisors for the proposed topic of study.
- Candidates who are below the age of 40. Although applicants over 40 may be considered, preference will given to younger scholars.
On a collective level:
- Gender equity
- To enhance compatibility of university and linguistic backgrounds, preference will be given to applicants from African countries south of the Sahara.
- Among the South African component of scholarship applicants, CBI (Coloured, Black and Indian) applicants will be given preference, provided that they meet all the other requirements.
- Among the non-South African component of scholarship applicants, applicants whose nominations are supported by officials of the PANGeA institutions (universities of Botswana, Dar es Salaam, Ghana, Makerere, Malawi, Nairobi and Yaoundé I) will be given preference, provided that they meet all the other requirements.
The University retains the right to award, or not to award, scholarships to any persons who meet the eligibility and selection criteria.