Doctoral Office
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​PhD Fees

Fees for the current academic year are included in Part 3 of the SU Calendar​.
Prospective SU students may also request a non-binding estimate from this link.
Please note: Student fees are set for one academic year, and fee structures are subject to change without notice.​

All fees must be settled before registration for a particular academic year can occur.

Students receive regular electronic accounts at their student email address or address registered on the relevant SU student information system. Doctoral students in the FMHS may also request the outstanding balance on their student account from Ms Lesanne Matthee (lm@sun.a​ Payment must be made well in time to allow sufficient time for registration before the final cut-off date of 31 March for each consecutive academic year.

Formal written proof that an NRF or institutional bursary is due to be paid to your student account upon registration, may in certain cases assist with the lifting of the financial block to facilitate registration. ​

PhD Funding

Various bursaries are available to PhD candidates on a competitive basis. South-African PhD candidates can apply for all available bursaries. International PhD candidates can only apply for the Harry Crossley, NRF and the SU Postgraduate Scholarship Programme. These opportunities usually have application closing dates during the course of the second semester with a view to first registration in January. There are also Private bursaries available. The closing date for these are usually the first Friday in December each year. 

Please have a look at the current bursaries and loans calendar here.​ 

The official link from where students may apply for funding/bursaries is here.

​Each of these bursaries on the website have specific conditions which may change from year to year. Should you want to pursue a specific opportunity, it may be best to enquire directly to Mr Jongi Ndlebe at